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Statins Control Blood Pressure too

A new study finds that statins used for busting cholesterol also control hypertension. //

Researchers at Warwick Medical School at the University of Warwick revealed that patients using statins to reduce cholesterol get a bonus benefit from such drugs as they seem to have a positive effect on blood pressure levels too.

The researchers found that the use of statins did produce a drop in blood pressure. The overall effect of the use of statins was a 1.9 mm Hg reduction in systolic blood pressure and 0.9 mmHg in diastolic blood pressure. The effect was even more pronounced in patients with high blood pressure (systolic over 130 mmHg) who showed an average drop of 4.0 mmHg if treated with statins.

This research clearly shows that treatment with statins produces a small but significant reduction in blood pressure. The effect is lower than the average effect of regular antihypertensive drugs. However this is an added bonus for patients already using statins to reduce cholesterol and the use of statins may reduce the dose and number of drugs a patient would require to keep their blood pressure at a satisfactory level.



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