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Slow adoption of helpful heart failure drug

Updated: February 01, 2010

Many people who could benefit from spironolactone aren’t getting it.

In 1999, a large clinical trial showed that a drug called spironolactone (spih-row-noe-LACK-tone) could improve symptoms and lengthen life in some people with heart failure. More than 10 years later, only a minority of those who could benefit from the drug are taking it, even though it is inexpensive and guidelines for treating heart failure recommend its use.

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