Heart attack medication 'can help reduce severity of heart attacks'

23 September 2016

A new study has demonstrated that medications prescribed to prevent heart attacks can also help to reduce the severity of any heart attacks that do occur.

The research from Peking University Health Science Centre included data from 14,790 patients hospitalised for acute coronary syndromes in 75 hospitals across China and analysed four preventive medications - antiplatelet agents such as aspirin, angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors and angiotensin receptor blockers, statins, and beta-blockers.

It was found that prior use of all of these medications was associated with reduced severity of disease, less arrhythmia, and a lower risk of major adverse cardiovascular events during hospitalisation.

Dr Min Li, a researcher in the department of epidemiology and biostatistics at Peking University Health Science Centre, said: "Until now it was not known whether these drugs provided any benefit to patients who develop a heart attack despite taking the medication."

This provides further evidence of the preventive benefit of these medications, as well as the importance of patients continuing to take them long-term when advised to do so by their doctor.

Posted by Jeanette Royston


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