Study: Diuretic, costly drugs work equally to prevent heart disease

08/15/2010 | TIME (subscription required)

A generic diuretic proved to be as effective as an expensive calcium-channel blocker or angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor in preventing cardiovascular disease during a long-term study. However, patients who received an ACE inhibitor or a calcium-channel blocker had a 20% and 12%, respectively, higher death rate caused by stroke or heart failure compared with those on a diuretic.

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