Combination Therapy Often Best Approach to Treat Hypertension

Research shows that starting with two medications leads to healthier outcomes in the effort to control high blood pressure.

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Patients with high blood pressure respond better when given two anti-hypertensive medications at the start of their treatment, compared to single-drug therapy, according to a study published online January 12, 2011, in the Lancet. Study findings suggest that a combination of medications should be the first choice of physicians treating hypertensive patients. The findings of the Aliskiren and the Calcium-Channel Blocker Amlodipine Combination as an Initial Treatment Strategy for Hypertension (ACCELERATE) trial contradict the "start low and go slow" philosophy that has been employed often through the years.
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