DETROIT (WWJ) – Sometimes, less is more, especially when it comes to controlling high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
WWJ Health Reporter Sean Lee reports on a British study that included two thousand patients.
The researchers split the patients into two groups.
One got a combo pill – called a polypill – to treat high blood pressure, cholesterol, and platelet control.
The other group received standard care, which involved multiple medications.
Compliance in the polypill group was about 86 percent, compared to about 65 percent in the multiple pill group, according to Study Author Dr. Simon Thom.
“The polypill has a big public health opportunity to bridge the gap of under-usage of indicated and effective therapeutic medication,” said Thom.
Researchers say not only did compliance improve, but blood pressure and cholesterol levels did, too.