Efficacy of Blood Pressure Drug Questioned

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Atenolol (brand name Tenormin) is a leading drug used by millions
of people to lower blood pressure. However, it does not prevent
deaths from heart attacks or other cardiovascular problems as
well as other treatments, according to research just released.

Atenolol belongs to a class of drugs known as beta blockers that
are prescribed for high blood pressure, angina and to prevent
repeat heart attacks. The drugs are supposed to help relieve
stress on the heart and slow its beat.

Swedish scientists have questioned atenolol’s benefits after
reviewing the results of nine previous studies of the drug.

They found that the drug was no better than a placebo in reducing
deaths from heart attacks or heart disease. Moreover, atenolol
did not have the same preventive effects on cardiovascular
disease as other common anti-hypertension drugs.

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Source: Carlberg, B et al, Atenolol in hypertension: is it a wise
choice?, Lancet 2004; 364:1684-89