Take Your Blood Pressure Pills Or Increase Your Risk Of Stroke Reply

A large new observational study demonstrates that people who don’t take their antihypertensive medications are much more likely to have a stroke. The new study, published in the European Heart Journal, used nationwide prescription, hospital and mortality records from 73,527 hypertensive patients in Finland.

The Finnish investigators compared 26,704 patients who were hospitalized or died of stroke with 46,823 patients who did not have an event. The stroke patients were older, less educated, had lower income, and were more likely to have diabetes or cancer than controls.

After adjusting for baseline differences between the groups, patients who were non-adherent were two to four times more likely to die from stroke or be hospitalized for stroke than their adherent counterparts.

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Acute Kidney Injury Associated With Dual Antihypertensive Therapy And NSAIDs Reply

Adding a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) to dual antihypertensive therapy (a diuretic plus either an ACE inhibitor or an angiotensin receptor blocker) is associated with an increase in risk for kidney injury, according to a large new retrospective study published in BMJ.

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