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Single Pill a Day Could Keep Heart Attack, Stroke Away

by Sheela Philomena on January 6, 2011 at 12:16 PM
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 Single Pill a Day Could Keep Heart Attack, Stroke Away

A new single daily pill which could protect people against heart attacks and strokes is being under test. Testing is carried out by London's Wolfson Institute team, who will offer it to 100 patients for 12 weeks.

The all-in-one 'polypill' is a combination of a range of medicines to reduce cholesterol and blood pressure instead of patients having to take several tablets, reports the Daily Express.

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The pill has low doses of the cholesterol drug simvastatin and low doses of three blood pressure drugs.

The idea was first suggested in 2003 when scientists said its widespread use "would have a greater impact on the prevention of disease in the western world than any other single intervention."

If the latest trial turns out to be successful, the pill could be offered on prescription for the over 50s within two years.

Source: ANI
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