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Polypill may help prevent repeat heart attacks

December 1, 2022

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Heart attack survivors who took a three-in-one "polypill" had fewer additional heart attacks and related problems than those who received standard care, a new study finds.

The study included nearly 2,500 older adults who'd had a heart attack in the past six months. They were randomly assigned to usual care (which included guideline-recommended drugs) or to take a single polypill. The polypills contained a blood pressure drug (ramipril, known separately as Altace), a cholesterol-lowering drug (atorvastatin, known separately as Lipitor), and low-dose aspirin, which helps prevent blood clots. Researchers followed participants for a median of three years.

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Julie Corliss, Executive Editor, Harvard Heart Letter

Julie Corliss is the executive editor of the Harvard Heart Letter. Before working at Harvard, she was a medical writer and editor at HealthNews, a consumer newsletter affiliated with The New England Journal of Medicine. She … See Full Bio
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