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A COMBINATION OF THREE DRUGS APPEARS BEST FOR MANAGING CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Taking multiple medications, something known as polypharmacy, is troublesome and often dangerous for many patients.  But now a new study has shown that using three medications to manage congestive heart failure helps people with the condition.  Redonda Miller, an internal medicine expert at Johns Hopkins, comments.

MILLER:  From a patient perspective I know its very difficult to keep track of so many medications but this is a powerful study that patients should really discuss with their doctor.  By adding this medication there was a significant decrease in repeat hospitalization for heart failures, so patients are not going to be ending up spending holidays in the hospital for symptoms, and most importantly death.  And so patients who only have mild symptoms the investigators were able to show lower death rates.  Pretty powerful.   :33

Congestive heart failure is increasingly common, so finding the best way to manage it will benefit many.  At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.


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