New pill 'could reduce heart attack rates considerably'

19 July 2012

The number of people suffering heart attacks and strokes could be reduced considerably thanks to a new pill, studies have suggested.

Research carried out by scientists from Queen Mary, University of London, suggested that the Polypill, which combines three blood pressure-lowering drugs and a cholesterol-lowering statin, can extend the lives of over-50s significantly.

The pill, which reduces blood pressure and cholesterol, would cut the risk of a heart attack by 75 per cent and a stroke by two-thirds, revealed Dr David Wald, the cardiologist who led the research.

"The health implications of our results are large. If people took the Polypill from age 50, an estimated 28 per cent would benefit by avoiding or delaying a heart attack or stroke during their lifetime," he added.

The concept of the Polypill was formulated by Dr Wald's father, Professor Sir Nicholas Wald, who told the Daily Telegraph that it could be dispensed by trained pharmacists or nurses, providing the patients were suitable.

"Even if only 50 per cent of people aged 50 or more took the Polypill, about 94,000 fatal and non-fatal heart attacks and strokes would be prevented each year in the UK," Professor Wald explained.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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