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Younger Adults Increasingly Treated for Heart Disease-related Conditions
Date:10/30/2007

pressure, or hypertension, can weaken the arterial walls and make them more prone to atherosclerosis. Both conditions can lead to blood clots that can block blood flow and result in a heart attack or stroke.

For some people with high cholesterol and hypertension, lifestyle changes such as weight loss, dietary changes and exercise can control the conditions. For others, medications may be needed. The most common medications used to treat high cholesterol are statins. To treat hypertension, diuretics, beta- blockers and ACE inhibitors are often prescribed.

Medco's Specialist Pharmacists

Medco has developed an innovative approach to help improve and advance pharmacy care through condition-specific resource centers that are staffed with hundreds of pharmacists who receive training and certification in specific chronic conditions and have expertise in the drugs used to treat them. With this training and concentrated practice, Medco's specialist pharmacists can offer deeper, more specific guidance when a medication safety issue arises.

Medco's specialist pharmacists focus on some of the most common chronic conditions Americans face including heart disease, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Aided by advanced, integrated databases that provide real- time prescription medication history, and medical diagnoses (when available), specialist pharmacists can collaborate with doctors and their patients on drug safety issues. Specialist pharmacists may also consult with physicians to help ensure that members receive the most affordable medications.

About Medco

Medco Health Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MHS) is the nation's leading pharmacy benefit manager based on its 2006 total net revenues of more tha
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