Navigation Links
Blood Pressure Drug May Not Ease Irregular Heartbeat
Date:4/15/2009

Despite earlier promise, valsartan fails to deliver against atrial fibrillation, researchers say

WEDNESDAY, April 15 (HealthDay News) -- The blood pressure drug valsartan may not prevent episodes of a dangerous abnormal heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation, an Italian study finds.

Earlier research had suggested that valsartan (Diovan) might reduce the occurrence of atrial fibrillation, a faulty heartbeat that can lead to the formation of clots that can cause heart attack or stroke.

"But in the patients we randomized in this study, it was not useful in preventing recurrence," said study author Dr. Aldo P. Maggioni, director of the ANMCO Research Center in Florence. His team published the findings in the April 16 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

The new study included 1,442 people who had two or more recent episodes of atrial fibrillation, in which the upper chambers of the heart flutter uselessly rather than pumping blood. Half were given valsartan, while the other half got a placebo.

Over a one-year follow-up, the incidence of atrial fibrillation episodes was about equal in both groups, occurring in 51.4 percent of those taking valsartan and 52.1 percent of those taking placebo.

That finding does not completely rule out using valsartan -- or other members of the angiotensin II-receptor blocker family to which that drug belongs -- for certain patients with atrial fibrillation, Maggioni said. "In primary prevention or after a few episodes, an angiotensin-receptor blocker could be useful," he added. "But for recurrent atrial fibrillation, it is probably too late."

And the study does not exclude the use of valsartan to prevent atrial fibrillation in people with heart failure, a separate cardiac ailment in which the heart loses ability to pump blood, said Dr. Anne M. Gillis, director of the arrhythmia program at the University of Calgary in Canada, who wrote an accomp
'/>"/>

Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Specific antagonism lowers blood pressure
2. Restricting Blood Flow May Help Heart Bypass Patients
3. FDA Updates Prescription Guidelines for Blood Thinner
4. Doctors Often Miss High Blood Pressure in Kids
5. Back to School Means Return of School Blood Drives
6. Blood-flow detector software show promise in preventing brain damage
7. FDA Approves New Roche West Nile Virus Blood Screening Test
8. Australian-led international study shows blood pressure drugs cut death rate in type 2 diabetes
9. Laser blasts viruses in blood
10. Study Demonstrates Marteks Algal DHA Oil Improves Blood Triglyceride Lipid Levels
11. LifeMasters Provides Tips for Maintaining a Healthy Blood Cholesterol Level
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Blood Pressure Drug May Not Ease Irregular Heartbeat
(Date:12/17/2014)... No matter how far modern medicine ... the head louse parasite—a common childhood malady and a ... between six and twelve million individuals will suffer an ... treatment company comes to the rescue, providing an all-natural ... its track record of customer service, and effectiveness in ...
(Date:12/17/2014)... (PRWEB) December 17, 2014 Project Veritas ... recently brought videos of MIT economist and Obamacare architect ... author James O’Keefe conducted the interview, which is being ... that there was intentional mislabeling in the Affordable Care ... the bill: A two-hundred-and-fifty billion dollar per year tax ...
(Date:12/17/2014)... Alan Mozes HealthDay ... In the world of infectious diseases, one worrisome phenomenon is ... people. The process -- known as zoonosis -- is ... look for signs that an animal-borne disease might make inroads ... just such a development -- and the culprits in this ...
(Date:12/17/2014)... Dec. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Poor students get more ... a new study finds. But, the opposite is true ... having fruits and vegetables at school may give a healthy ... But, no matter what the family income level, students all ... the study found. The study was published recently in ...
(Date:12/17/2014)... Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter ... the holiday party season fast approaching, a new study reveals ... DUI arrests have fewer drunk drivers on their roads. ... more vigilantly are better able to deter inebriated revelers from ... any new laws are being passed regarding drinking and driving," ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Lice Troopers Announces New Lice Treatment Clinic in Coral Gables to Service Key Biscayne, Coconut Grove, Kendall, Brickell & South Miami 2Health News:Project Veritas: James O’Keefe Interviews the Man Who Discovered Jonathan Gruber Videos 2Health News:Guinea Pigs Can Be Source of Serious Strep Infection 2Health News:Guinea Pigs Can Be Source of Serious Strep Infection 3Health News:Poor Students Eat Healthier Foods at School, Study Finds 2Health News:Enforcement of Drunk Driving Laws Makes Roads Safer, Study Finds 2Health News:Enforcement of Drunk Driving Laws Makes Roads Safer, Study Finds 3
... Health Care has been selected to be ... major state roadwork projects.(Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090303/CG78204LOGO-b )Preferred ... steered to Aurora Health Care,s Occupational Health during ... hours."Aurora was the preferred provider for the Marquette ...
... April 8 A nationwide poll conducted on ... surveyed believe it is important to "make sure ... to participate in procedures and practices to which ... company(TM), inc./WomanTrend on behalf of the Christian Medical ...
... evident symptoms of heartburn , , WEDNESDAY, April 8 (HealthDay ... you don,t have heartburn symptoms, too, a new study ... gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. But some people have ... symptoms. , Doctors have suspected that if people with ...
... The Methuselah Foundation, a global nonprofit-organization dedicated ... co-sponsorship of My Bridge 4 Life(TM), a unique ... facing the challenges of a life threatening disease ... who have just been there.Through My Bridge 4 ...
... on April 24 ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 8 On ... CEO, joined an invitation-only meeting at the White House ... of the White House Office of Health Care Reform ... important meeting is an indicator of the commitment of ...
... Fla. and CHICAGO, April 8 The ... QGP ) following the conclusion of the HIMSS09* conference ... IBM ) to facilitate IBM,s Patient Centered Medical ... with a 21st Century process for electronic records integration, ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:Aurora Chosen as Preferred Provider for Workers on 2 Major State Road Projects 2Health News:New Poll Shows Strong Support for Conscience Rights in Health Care 2Health News:Acid Reducers May Not Help All With Asthma 2Health News:Acid Reducers May Not Help All With Asthma 3Health News:The Methuselah Foundation Co-Sponsors My Bridge 4 Life and Tips 4 Life 2Health News:NHPCO President/CEO Meets with Nancy-Ann Min DeParle at White House 2Health News:Quantum and IBM Align to Drive Medical Home Solution 2Health News:Quantum and IBM Align to Drive Medical Home Solution 3Health News:Quantum and IBM Align to Drive Medical Home Solution 4Health News:Quantum and IBM Align to Drive Medical Home Solution 5Health News:Quantum and IBM Align to Drive Medical Home Solution 6
(Date:12/15/2014)... and HERZLIYA PITUACH, Israel , ... (NASDAQ: IMNP ) announced today that its Board ... Board succeeding Dr. Daniel Teper who continues as ... member of Immune,s Board of Directors since 2013. ... am delighted to represent the interest of shareholders and to ...
(Date:12/15/2014)... LONDON , December 15, 2014 ... (NASDAQ: ZGNX ), Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: ... ), Sanofi (NYSE: SNY ), and Novartis AG ... companies can be accessed at: http://investor-edge.com/register . ... 4,653.60, down 1.16%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 1.79%, ...
(Date:12/15/2014)... , Dec. 15, 2014  The Government of Ghana ... AABB, Global Blood Fund (GBF) and Terumo BCT to respond to ... as well as provide long-term health system capacity to the citizens ... , The Ghanaian Ebola Readiness and Resilience Initiative (GERRI) is ... preparations for the possible arrival of the Ebola epidemic ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Immune Pharmaceuticals Elects Daniel Kazado as New Chairman of the Board. 2Immune Pharmaceuticals Elects Daniel Kazado as New Chairman of the Board. 3Immune Pharmaceuticals Elects Daniel Kazado as New Chairman of the Board. 4Analysts View on Pharma Equities - Zogenix, Eli Lilly, Nektar Therapeutics, Sanofi, and Novartis 2Analysts View on Pharma Equities - Zogenix, Eli Lilly, Nektar Therapeutics, Sanofi, and Novartis 3Analysts View on Pharma Equities - Zogenix, Eli Lilly, Nektar Therapeutics, Sanofi, and Novartis 4Analysts View on Pharma Equities - Zogenix, Eli Lilly, Nektar Therapeutics, Sanofi, and Novartis 5Government of Ghana Endorses Collaboration to Combat Ebola Epidemic 2Government of Ghana Endorses Collaboration to Combat Ebola Epidemic 3Government of Ghana Endorses Collaboration to Combat Ebola Epidemic 4Government of Ghana Endorses Collaboration to Combat Ebola Epidemic 5Government of Ghana Endorses Collaboration to Combat Ebola Epidemic 6
... Asthmatx, Inc. presented the results of a series ... thermoplasty delivered by the Alair® System, and how this ... in a poster at the 2009 Annual Meeting of ... in Miami Beach, Fla. , The poster, titled "Where ...
... PALO ALTO, Calif., Nov. 9 Women,s sexual health company, ... as it prepares for a 2010 launch of its Viveve ... a name that we believe captures the essence of our ... president and chief executive. "Viveve exists for the sole purpose ...
Cached Medicine Technology:Asthmatx Presents Impact of Bronchial Thermoplasty on Allergy Practices at ACAAI Annual Meeting 2Asthmatx Presents Impact of Bronchial Thermoplasty on Allergy Practices at ACAAI Annual Meeting 3Women's Sexual Health Company Changes Name in Preparation for Market Entry 2
Medtronic Ophthalmics offers a comprehensive selection of corneal trephine,blades and handles. Handcrafted, sharp, uniform blade edges promote a,symetrical and vertical cut of all corneal layers....
Medtronic Ophthalmics offers a comprehensive selection of corneal trephine,blades and handles. Handcrafted, sharp, uniform blade edges promote a,symetrical and vertical cut of all corneal layers....
Medtronic Ophthalmics offers a comprehensive selection of corneal trephine,blades and handles. Handcrafted, sharp, uniform blade edges promote a,symetrical and vertical cut of all corneal layers....
Medtronic Ophthalmics offers a comprehensive selection of corneal trephine,blades and handles. Handcrafted, sharp, uniform blade edges promote a,symetrical and vertical cut of all corneal layers....
Medicine Products: