Study finds 2 pills help prevent heart attacks

October 1, 2009 5:47:28 PM PDT
A new study released by Kaiser Permanente suggests that two low cost generic heart drugs taken together may significantly reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke.

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The drugs are Lovastatin, which lowers cholesterol, and Lisinopril, which controls high blood pressure.

They were given to more than 70,000 patients like Issam Bustany, a diabetic who also wears a pacemaker. After two years on the medications, risk of heart attack and stroke was reduced by 60 percent.

"Well looked at people who had very high risk of heart disease, heart attack survivor, or if you have diabetes, this is a medication you might want to consider taking," says Marc Jaffe, M.D., Kaiser Permanents.

In an expanded version of the program in here in Northern California, doctors also added a light dose of baby aspirin to the combination treatment, along with counseling on diet and exercise.

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