4-in-1 high blood pressure pill may be more effective than single medication. Hypertension increases the risk of heart disease and stroke.
People with high blood pressure often use a single treatment to lower their blood pressure. Scientists are constantly developing effective treatment options to lower blood pressure.
Now, a new study shows that using a combination of medications may be a more effective treatment for hypertension than a standard care.
Hypertension is highly prevalent. In the United States, high blood pressure affects an estimated 45% of adults.
A new study appears in The Lancet.
In the study, the researchers tested a single pill that contains ultra-low doses of four different high blood pressure-lowering medications.
According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, blood pressure is the force of your blood pushing against the walls of your arteries. Blood pressure is measured using two readings: the systolic and diastolic pressures.
The study author suggests that a single pill that contained low doses of four different blood pressure-lowering medications might be more effective than using only one type of medication.
Study author Prof. Clara K. Chow explained, “This randomized controlled trial questioned the paradigm of how we start in our management of people with hypertension. Instead of the common approach of starting with one drug at full dose and adding tablets, we started patients on a single pill containing four medicines each at a quarter of standard dose.”