New study finds that multiple medications may be better for high blood pressure


January 31, 2011

Doctors traditionally recommend that those who are taking medication begin with a single kind of pill for treatment, but a new study has found that patients with high blood pressure who are taking multiple doses may actually recover faster than their peers, according to

This means that it may be best for any individual getting treated for the condition to start with more than one medication. Currently, two drugs are initially used only if the patient has exceptionally high blood pressure.

High blood pressure is associated with an increased risk of heart disease and heart attacks. Cardiac arrest typically happens suddenly, which means that those with high blood pressure may also want to invest in a personal emergency response system. This device allows users to instantly send a medical alert to doctors if they are in need of assistance.

The British study separated participants into three groups – one took the drug aliskiren, another took amlodipine and the last group took both at the same time. After a period of 16 weeks, researchers discovered that those who had engaged in the combination therapy had reduced their blood pressure 6.5 more points than their peers.