Oct 2, 2009 2:09 PM by NBC

New treatment to prevent strokes

Combining two generic drugs could protect against heart attack and strokes in high-risk patients.

The drugs are a cholesterol-lowering medication called lovastatin and a blood pressure drug called lisinopril.

Kaiser Permanente researchers gave the drugs to people with diabetes or heart disease. Within two years, doctors said the drug combination worked so well that an estimated 1,200 heart attacks and strokes were prevented.

It appears many of the study participants were also taking aspirin, though researchers couldn't track its use because it's sold over the counter.



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