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Mar 2019

Thousands more to benefit from blood pressure drugs

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) have announced new guidelines on diagnosing high blood pressure, meaning that blood pressure-lowering drugs will be offered to more people with stage-1 hypertension, which health bosses say will help to reduce heart attacks and strokes. Because of the new guidelines, around 450,000 men and 270,000 women…

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Nov 2018

Failure to treat high blood pressure may lead to thousands of unnecessary deaths

Researchers from The British Heart Foundation have warned that failures to adequately treat patients with high blood pressure could see an estimated 115,000 people die unnecessarily from strokes and heart attacks every year over the next decade, adding that the situation could be prevented by an improvement in diagnosis and treatment. An increase in obesity…

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Aug 2018

Common blood pressure pills found to be contaminated by cancer-causing chemical

Varlsartan, a widely prescribed drug made in China, and which has been used across the world for 15 years, has been recalled and production stopped after it was found to contain a carcinogen. Investigators found a chemical called N-Nitrosodimethylamine, used in rocket fuel, and which is thought to be carcinogenic, which had contaminated the drug’s…

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