A New Weapon Against Hypertension
Recently approved medication lowers blood pressure, reducing risks of heart failure, stroke, heart attack, aneurysm, and kidney failure.
Its been more than a decade since doctors received a new drug to help them battle hypertension (high blood pressure) in patients. During that time, the hypertension epidemic has grown to affect an estimated 25 percent of Americans-and it still remains uncontrolled in nearly 70 percent of those who have it. Thats why the recent approval of a new hypertension drug-aliskiren (Tekturna)-by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is of interest.