Heart Failure - Diet Pills

One million Americans over 60 years of age are hospitalized for heart failure every year. One of the causes is high blood pressure.

The Journal of the American Medical Association now reports on a study to determine the effect of a common class of medicine used to treat hypertension called diuretics, or water pills.

The study of 4700 individuals showed that for those using this medicine, the heart failure rate was cut in half compared to using other medicines alone.

This is a complicated condition for doctors to treat. Be sure you follow your own doctor's advice.

I'm Medical Editor, Dr. Ted Castele, with the Medical Moment.

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