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Drugs reduce stroke risk in patients with above average blood pressure

December 9, 2011

Ilke Sipahi of the Harrington-McLaughlin Heart and Vascular Institute in
Cleveland, Ohio, who led the study, published in the Stroke journal,
said patients would be better off trying to lower their blood pressure
through a healthy diet and physical activity than by taking pills.

He said: “We do not think that giving blood pressure medicine instead of
implementing the lifestyle changes is the way to go … however, the
clear-cut reduction in the risk of stroke with blood pressure pills is
important and may be complementary to lifestyle changes.”

Dr Sharlin Ahmed of The Stroke Association said: “Making a few simple
lifestyle choices, such as eating a healthy diet low in salt, giving up
smoking, and exercising regularly can help to keep your blood pressure under
control and can reduce your risk of stroke.

“As highlighted in this study, it may also be beneficial for some people
with borderline high blood pressure to take blood pressure lowering
medication, however this needs to be discussed with your GP.”

Article source: http://telegraph.feedsportal.com/c/32726/f/534871/s/1ac7c79d/l/0L0Stelegraph0O0Chealth0Chealthnews0C89440A860CDrugs0Ereduce0Estroke0Erisk0Ein0Epatients0Ewith0Eabove0Eaverage0Eblood0Epressure0Bhtml/story01.htm


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