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    Women taking a diuretic + calcium channel blocker 136% MORE likely to die of cardiovascular disease


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    Friday, August 14, 2009 10:43 am Email this article

    Women taking a diuretic plus a calcium channel blocker were 2.4 times MORE likely (136% more likely) to die of cardiovascular disease during a 5.9 year follow-up than women taking NO blood pressure medicines even though the average systolic pressure was 11 points LOWER in the drug group than the no drug group (138 mm Hg vs 149 mm Hg) according to a 2004 study.


    To say this the other way, women taking NO blood pressure medicines were 58% LESS likely to die of cardiovascular disease during a 5.9 year follow-up than women taking a diuretic plus a calcium channel blocker.

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    REFERENCE

    Wassertheil-Smoller S, Psaty B, Greenland P, Oberman A, Kotchen T, Mouton C, Black H, Aragaki A, Trevisan M. Association between cardiovascular outcomes and antihypertensive drug treatment in older women. JAMA. 2004 Dec 15, 292(23):2849-59.

    AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION

    Sylvia Wassertheil-Smoller, PhD
    Professor and Division Head, Department of Epidemiology & Population Health
    Principal Investigator, Women’s Health Initiative
    Albert Einstein College of Medicine
    Department of Epidemiology and Population Health
    1300 Morris Park Avenue
    Belfer Building, Room 1312
    Bronx, NY 10461
    718-430-2358 phone
    718-430-2359 phone
    718-430-3076 fax
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    http://www.aecom.yu.edu/home/faculty/profile.asp?id=5563

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