It seems that our heart sinks a little when we touch on the subject of coronary diseases. Fortunately, we are accustomed to reading on the Best Doctors blog about how practically every month the medical community breaks new boundaries and moves towards more accurate diagnoses, more effective treatments and a clear improvement in survival rates and quality of life of heart patients.
One of the main problems of everyday life for cardiac patients is the “cocktail” of drugs, which they must live with around the clock. A lot of these medicines have been virtually indispensable up until now.
A multiple-effect pill for heart patients
The good news is that some researchers are assessing a solution to this problem: a type of “polypill” that combines different medications in composition to avoid possible losses of memory and facilitate the treatment of patients.
This medical breakthrough is based on an international study that has recently shown that heart patients had a greater propensity to take aspirin, cholesterol-lowering drugs and blood pressure medication.
According to Dr. Gerald Fletcher of the American Heart Association, the three aforementioned drugs could be integrated into a single drug treatment, avoiding the consumption of up to 12 pills a day for some patients and subsequently reducing the risk of heart attacks or stroke accidents.
Studies with the new “polypill” are positive
A study carried out recently, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, in which, among a group of more than 2,000 people, randomly selected patients were treated with the “polypill”.
After 15 months of treatment the results were conclusive: 86% of patients taking the “polypill” kept up to date with their drug treatment, while only 65 % of those following treatment with individual pills persisted with it correctly.
It is also important to highlight that the group of patients treated with the “polypill” also had lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
Some small barriers to this new medicine
However, there are still limitations in the application of this medicine, such as the impossibility to regulate the amount of each type of drug which is specifically required by the patient or the problem of medication schedules, as some of the drugs must be taken in the morning and others at night.
In any case, the existence of a possible future unified treatment to avoid dangerous forgetfulness and provide facilities for the sick will always be well received by Best Doctors and this blog.
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