Medical News Summary: Diuretics are cheap and the benefits outweigh the risks


About: Diuretics are cheap and the benefits outweigh the risks
Date: 8 January 2005
Source: The Australian
Author: Linda Johnson
Medical News Summary (summary of medical news story as reported by The Australian): A study claims that the diuretics used to lower blood pressure reduce the long-term risk of death due to heart attack or stroke by 15% compared to placebo. Diuretics function by removing body fluid but it has come to notice that it increases the risk of diabetes and hence the resulting risk of heart attack and stroke. Thus, some doctors believed that the risks outweighed the benefits. Diuretics have been used to treat blood pressure for a very long time and are very inexpensive.
Related Disease Topics: Heart attack, Stroke, High blood pressure, Hypertension, Diabetes

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