Heart Beat: ACE giveaway could save lives, money

Heart Beat

ACE giveaway could save lives, money

If the best things in life are free, then doctors should be giving away ACE inhibitors to people with diabetes. University of Michigan researchers estimate that making these drugs available at no cost would saves lives, not to mention billions of dollars in health care costs.

Most people with diabetes have high blood pressure. Diabetes also dangerously boosts the chances of having a heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, or other manifestation of cholesterol-clogged arteries (atherosclerosis).

ACE inhibitors lower blood pressure. For people with diabetes, they also reduce the risk of developing, or dying from, cardiovascular or kidney disease. But many diabetics don't take an ACE inhibitor, often because they can't afford to pay for yet another medication.

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