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‘Polypill’ reduces risk for heart attack, stroke by up to 40%, study finds

‘Polypill’ reduces risk for heart attack, stroke by up to 40%, study finds

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Nov. 13 (UPI) -- A so-called "polypill" that combines three blood pressure medications and a cholesterol-lowering drug, when taken with aspirin, reduces risk for heart attack or stroke by up to 40%, according to a study published Friday by the New England Journal of Medicine. Taken alone, the combination drug -- which is not available in the United States -- lowers a person's risk for heart attack or stroke, as well as the need for angioplasty or other types of heart surgery, by 20%, the data showed. Advertisement When administered with aspirin -- with its proven ability to prevent heart attacks by stopping blood clots -- the combination works to decrease the risk for these cardiovascular events by twice as much as without it, the researchers said. "Studies of polypills, now including our...