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Manwon Lender

Two Types of Blood Pressure Medicine Prevent Heart Events Equally, but Side Effects Differ

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Manwon Lender

People who are just beginning treatment for high blood pressure can benefit equally from two different classes of medicine – angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors and angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) – yet ARBs may be less likely to cause medication side effects, according to an analysis of real-world data published on July 26, 2021, in Hypertension, an American Heart Association journal. While the class of blood pressure-lowering medicines called angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors may be prescribed more commonly, angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) work just as well and may cause fewer side effects. Currently, ACE inhibitors are prescribed more commonly than ARBs as a first-time blood pressure control medicine.

The findings are based on an analysis of eight electronic health record and insurance claim databases in the United States, Germany, and South Korea that include almost 3 million patients taking a high blood pressure medication for the first time with no history of heart disease or stroke.

https://scitechdaily.com/two-types-of-blood-pressure-medicine-prevent-heart-events-equally-but-side-effects-differ/

 

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