Water Pills Help All With Hypertension

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The largest hypertension study ever conducted has found that the simple “water pill” is preferred to newer, more popular and expensive drugs and should be the designated choice “for use in starting treatment for high blood pressure.”

But what if you’re among the 24 million Americans taking other types medications to blood medications are prescribed?

“This study will lead physicians to rethink how they treat high blood pressure,” says Daniel Jones, MD, of the American Heart Association, in a prepared statement. “But we strongly urge patients to continue taking their current medication until they have talked with their physician to determine the best treatment.”

Meanwhile, a spokesman for the American Medical Association says that the governing body of practicing physicians — which publishes the medical journal in which the study appeared — “has not yet reviewed the study and therefore cannot make a recommendation.”