Blood Pressure: Tips for taking heart drugs

Blood Pressure: Tips for taking heart drugs


Cholesterol-lowering statins and blood pressure drugs can improve heart health, but you still need to follow heart-healthy habits.


That’s the conclusion of a study published online Feb. 5, 2020, by the Journal of the American Heart Association, which found many people forgo healthy habits after they begin taking these medications.


Researchers in Finland identified 41,225 people who were free of cardiovascular disease.


They collected such health data as body mass index, physical activity, alcohol intake, smoking status, and whether the people took statins or blood pressure drugs.


Updated information was gathered from surveys every four years over a 14-year period.



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The study found that people who began to take either or both types of drugs were 82% more likely to become obese compared with those who did not take any medications.


There may be several reasons for the association.


The researchers noted that people in this group also cut back on regular physical activity compared with those who did not take one of these drugs.


The researchers’ advice?


Even if you take medications to improve your heart health; you still need to focus on positive lifestyle changes.


Like losing weight; eating right; not smoking; curbing alcohol use; and also getting enough exercise.

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Osigweh Lilian Oluchi is a graduate of the University of Lagos where she obtained a B.A (Hons) in English, Masters in Public and International affairs (MPIA). Currently works with 1stnews as a Database Manager / Writer. [email protected]

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