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Drug May Make Walking Easier for People With Artery Disease
Date:2/5/2013

etes. In the real world, many people with PAD may already be on an ACE inhibitor, because many have high blood pressure or diabetes.

Ramipril can cause side effects. About 7 percent to 8 percent of the study patients on ramipril complained of a chronic cough or dizziness -- which are two of the most common side effects of the drug.

Still, those effects are tolerable for a lot of people. And McDermott said it might be worthwhile to ask your doctor about the pros and cons of the drug. "Patients with PAD and (leg pain) may want to discuss ramipril with their doctor as a potential therapeutic option to improve their walking," she said.

The study was funded by the National Heart Foundation of Australia and government grants. Several of the study authors reported ties with drug companies.

More information

Learn more about peripheral artery disease from the American Heart Association.

SOURCES: Anna Ahimastos, Ph.D., research fellow, Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Australia; Mary McGrae McDermott, M.D., professor, medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago; Feb. 6, 2013, Journal of the American Medical Association


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