A new way to control blood pressure

Published: May, 2007

Inactivating renin, which is made by the kidneys, may open the door to better blood pressure.

With more than a hundred blood pressure medicines already on the market, the FDA's approval of yet another one might seem like ho-hum news. It's actually more exciting than that. "This is the first new class of blood pressure medication in a decade, and it has a mechanism of action that may go beyond just reducing blood pressure," says Dr. Naomi D. Fisher, who directs the hypertension service at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women's Hospital.

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