(Dennis Thompson/ HealthDay News) — Imagine a single pill loaded with a battery of heart medications that you take once a day to cut your chances of heart attack, stroke and heart failure.
A new clinical trial has turned that idea into reality.
The “polypill” reduced the risk of life-threatening heart health problems by more than one-third during a five-year period in a group of more than 3,400 people aged 50 to 75.
What’s more, the risk decreased by more than half when researchers narrowed their focus to just participants who faithfully took the pill as directed.
The polypill in the study contained two common blood pressure drugs, a cholesterol-lowering statin and aspirin, the researchers said. (…)