Blood disease patients 'could benefit from blood pressure drugs'

3 August 2011

Researchers have suggested that major heart problems such as cardiovascular disease could be treated through drugs normally prescribed for managing high blood pressure.

The claims, made by medical scientists at the Centre for Cardiovascular and Lung Biology at the University of Dundee, could affect people with aortic stenosis and reduce the risk of certain cardiovascular conditions.

British Heart Foundation (BHF) senior cardiac nurse Natasha Stewart claimed the research published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology represented "an interesting concept".

However, she cautioned: "We'd need to see more research, especially around exactly which patients would benefit, before we could say whether this potential treatment is effective."

As such, the findings would not represent any major change in circumstances just yet for people needing measures such as a cardioversion procedure. Patients with any irregularities are advised to seek professional guidance.

According to the BHF, 17 per cent of premature deaths in men and eight per cent in women are caused by coronary heart disease.

Posted by Edward Bartel


1 Nadir, M. Adnan., et al. "Impact of Renin-Angiotensin System Blockade Therapy on Outcome in Aortic Stenosis". Journal of the American College of Cardiology.


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