Tehran University of Medical Sciences recruited approximately 7,000 patients aged 50 to 75 in rural Golestan using a cheap combination tablet containing two blood pressure drugs including a cholesterol medicine and aspirin. They found that the “daily polypill” halved the number of heart attacks and reduced the number of strokes as well.

Published in the British journal Lancet on August 22, 2019, the Persian researchers posit the cheap daily pill combining four drugs cut the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and heart failure in this large study leading toward a conclusion this could be a good regimen to prevent heart problems, especially in developing, poor regions.

What was the Treatment?

A cheap, once-a-day tablet combining aspirin with drugs that lower blood pressure and cholesterol.

What was the Finding?

This “daily polypill” cuts cardiovascular disease as a whole by a third and heart attacks by more than 50%

Lead Research/Investigator

Reza Makekzadeh, Tehran University of Medical Sciences

Nizal Sarrafzadegan, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences

Call to Action: Want to learn more? View the source at the Lancet. The research comes out of Iran and there are current restrictions for business between the United States and this country, so any interest in outreach should be first guided by legal departments with an understanding of current U.S.-based sanctions.

Source: The Lancet

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