Blood pressure drugs 'could help heart patients'

A new report has suggested that some individuals suffering from cardiovascular problems could benefit from taking blood pressure medication to reduce some of the associated symptoms.

According to the Press Association, a study funded by Welsh cancer charity Tenovus and conducted by experts at NHS Tayside and the University of Dundee suggested blood pressure drugs could delay the need for an operation to cure aortic stenosis.

The condition, which can result in chest pain and breathlessness during exercise, is known to affect around five per cent of people in the developed world. It causes a narrowing of the main valve separating the heart from the rest of the body.

As part of the probe, data from heart scans taken over a 20-year period were analysed by the team. Death rates among patients prescribed angiotensin blockers and ACE inhibitors were found to be "significantly lower".

Last month, a study from Heart UK pointed to significant differences in mortality and treatment quality between areas in northern and southern England.

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