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      Clinical Trials on the Efficacy of Pharmacologic Intervention in Reducing Mortality from Cardiovascular Diseases

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          Results of recent clinical trials on secondary prevention of ischemic heart disease indicate that judicious, long-term administration of adrenergic beta blockers and platelet-active drugs such as aspirin and Persantine (dipyridamole) would seem to yield protection against mortality associated with acute myocardial infarction, including sudden death. These drugs are beneficial also in prevention of recurrent myocardial infarction, especially among patients with unstable angina. These drugs should be considered as soon as the diagnosis of myocardial infarction or unstable angina is confirmed clinically. In terms of primary prevention of ischemic heart disease and cerebrovascular disease (stroke), the results of the Hypertension Detection and Follow-Up Program provide an excellent set of data on the efficacy of rigorous treatment of hypertension, especially those with mild hypertension. To be effective, treatment must start before there is evidence of target end organ damage, such as left ventricular hypertrophy. Recent data from the Australian Therapeutic Trial in Mild Hypertension also confirms these findings.

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          Journal
          CRD
          Cardiology
          10.1159/issn.0008-6312
          Cardiology
          S. Karger AG
          978-3-8055-4081-0
          978-3-318-00140-2
          0008-6312
          1421-9751
          1985
          1985
          11 November 2008
          : 72
          : 5-6
          : 366-375
          Affiliations
          Department of Community Health, School of Medicine, University of California at Davis, Calif., USA
          Article
          173890 Cardiology 1985;72:366–375
          10.1159/000173890
          2866843
          © 1985 S. Karger AG, Basel

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          Pages: 10
          Categories
          Cardiovascular Drug Therapy – Current Concepts

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