Medical News Summary: Pollution effects minimized by blood-pressure drugs


About: Pollution effects minimized by blood-pressure drugs
Date: 18 December 2004
Source: Los Angeles Times
Author: Marla Cone
Medical News Summary (summary of medical news story as reported by Los Angeles Times): A study by Harvard researchers involving hundreds of elderly men indicates that high blood pressure medication may have a protective effect against the damage caused by air pollution. Research shows that the incidence of deaths from heart attacks, strokes and cardiovascular problems increases on days when there is a high level of air pollution. Calcium-channel blockers especially and beta-blockers are believed to alleviate the effects of the pollution. However, it is believed that there should still be great emphasis on pollution reduction.
Related Disease Topics: Heart attack, Stroke, Cardiovascular disease, High blood pressure

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