People with high blood pressure often take medication to lower it and protect their health. Now a new study in part by the Cleveland Clinic shows that even people with normal blood pressure may benefit from that medication if they are showing other signs of heart disease.
This comes after a two year study of blood pressure medication and about 2,000 people with heart disease, but normal blood pressure. "We saw a very large reduction, a 31% reduction in the risk of heart attack, stroke, death, hospitalization for chest pain and/or need for angioplasty or bypass surgery," says Dr. Steven Nissen, a Cardiologist at Cleveland Clinic.
Dr. Nissen says this is the first study to show that blood pressure medication can actually slow the build-up of plaque in the coronary artery, something we know can lead to heart attack and death.