Anybody who cares enough about his health should be well-informed about strokes and heart attacks. Every year, about 795,000 people from the US suffer strokes, and 137,000 of them lose their lives. As for heart attacks, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals that an American suffers one approximately every 40 seconds.
So how can we prevent such awful scenarios? Luckily for all of us, medicine keeps evolving, and it will always offer us new ways of protecting ourselves.
Combination therapy of statins, aspirin and two blood pressure meds could be the key
According to new findings published in The Lancet, an international study led by Hamilton scientists claims that if you wish to reduce the risk of fatal cardiovascular disease by over 50%, you’ll need a combination therapy of statins, aspirin, and a minimum of two blood pressure meds in fixed doses.
The researchers analyzed over 18,000 patients from three clinical trials who didn’t have prior cardiovascular disease. The fixed-dose combination therapies cut the risk of stroke by 51 percent, heart attacks by 53 percent, and deaths related to cardiovascular causes by 49 percent.
Lead author Phillip Joseph declared as quoted by MedicalXpress.com:
This combination, either given separately or combined as a polypill, substantially reduces fatal and non-fatal CVD events,
The largest effects are seen with treatments that include blood pressure lowering agents, a statin and aspirin together, which can reduce fatal and non-fatal cardiovascular events by about half.
The benefits are consistent at different blood pressure levels, cholesterol levels and with or without diabetes, but larger benefits may occur in older people.
The leading cause of heart attacks is represented by CHD (coronary heart disease), a condition in which deposits of cholesterol clog the coronary arteries.