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DANGERS OF ANTIHYPERTENSIVE DRUGS: DIURETICS AND BETA-BLOCKERS MAY INCREASE RISK OF SUDDEN DEATH

According to a 1995 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, non-potassium-sparing diuretics and beta-blockers may increase the risk of sudden cardiac death. Researchers from Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, examined the medical records of 257 patients who had died suddenly while taking drugs for high blood pressure and compared them with those of 257 living patients also taking antihypertensive drugs. They discovered that patients taking thiazide or loop diuretics had double the risk of sudden death compared with those taking potassium-sparing diuretics. The research team also found that patients taking beta-blockers were 1.7 times as likely to succumb to sudden cardiac death as patients taking other blood-pressure-lowering medications. They concluded that this increased risk of death may offset the benefits of these drugs.
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DANGERS OF ANTIHYPERTENSIVE DRUGS: DIURETICS AND BETA-BLOCKERS MAY INCREASE RISK OF SUDDEN DEATHAccording to a 1995 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, non-potassium-sparing diuretics and beta-blockers may increase the risk of sudden cardiac death. Researchers from Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, examined the medical records of 257 patients who had died suddenly while taking drugs for high blood pressure and compared them with those of 257 living patients also taking antihypertensive drugs. They discovered that patients taking thiazide or loop diuretics had double the risk of sudden death compared with those taking potassium-sparing diuretics. The research team also found that patients taking beta-blockers were 1.7 times as likely to succumb to sudden cardiac death as patients taking other blood-pressure-lowering medications. They concluded that this increased risk of death may offset the benefits of these drugs.*55/313/5*

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