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Mice Exposed to Smoke Helped by Blood Pressure Drug

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FRIDAY, Jan. 6 (HealthDay News) -- The blood pressure medicine losartan [Cozaar] helped prevent lung damage in mice that were exposed to cigarette smoke for two months, researchers say.

Specifically, the drug prevented lung tissue breakdown, airway wall thickening, inflammation and lung overexpansion in the animals, according to the Johns Hopkins researchers.

The findings have led to a clinical trial of losartan in people with smoking-related chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). About 12...

FRIDAY, Jan. 6 (HealthDay News) -- The blood pressure medicine losartan [Cozaar] helped prevent lung damage in mice that were exposed to cigarette smoke for two months, researchers say.

Specifically, the drug prevented lung tissue...

Treating High Blood Pressure May Add Years to Life

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Study found those who took blood pressure meds lived a day longer for every month of treatment

TUESDAY, Dec. 20 (HealthDay News) -- People suffering from high blood pressure, or hypertension, who keep their blood pressure levels under control may add years to their life, a new study suggests.

In fact, those in the study who took medicine to lower their blood pressure for more than four years reduced their risk of dying from cardiovascular disease over a 20-year period, the researchers...

Managing Prescriptions

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Your doctor may determine that you need prescription medication in addition to lifestyle changes to control your high blood pressure. It's not possible to make a one-size-fits-all rule about when to begin taking medication. This is a decision for your doctor to make, considering your age, body mass index, activity level, other risk factors and blood pressure readings taken over time.



As reluctant as you may be to take a prescription, the health consequences of high blood pressure are...

Herbal Supplements May Not Mix with Heart Medicines

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Choosing Medicines for High Blood Pressure: A Review of the Research on ACEs, ARBs, and DRIs

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Consumer Guide – Oct. 24, 2011 FormatsTable of ContentsIs This Information Right for Me?Yes, if:Your doctor says you have high blood pressure. Your doctor asked you to consider taking one or more of these medicines:
Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEIs). Angiotensin II receptor blockers/antagonists (ARBs). Direct renin inhibitor (DRI). Currently, there is only 1 DRI, a drug called aliskiren.

Some people are more likely to be given...

Consumer Guide...