A new study finds that statins used for busting cholesterol also control hypertension.
Researchers at Warwick Medical School at the University of Warwick revealed that patients using statins to reduce cholesterol get a bonus benefit from such drugs, as they seem to have a positive effect on blood pressure levels too.
The researchers found that the use of statins produces a small but significant reduction in blood pressure.. The effect is lower than the average effect of regular antihypertensive drugs. However, for patients already using statins to reduce cholesterol, their use may also reduce the dose and number of drugs a patient would require to keep their blood pressure at a satisfactory level.
The overall effect of the use of statins was a 1.9 mm Hg reduction in systolic blood pressure and 0.9 mmHg in diastolic blood pressure; it was even more pronounced in patients with high blood pressure (systolic over 130 mmHg) who showed an average drop of 4.0 mmHg if treated with statins.