Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The £1.40 heart pill lifesaver

A pill costing only £1.40 a day could save the lives of thousands of heart failure patients every year.
The drug ivabradine, which slows the heart rate and improves its pumping ability, cut deaths by up to 39 per cent in trials.

Professor Martin Cowie, consultant cardiologist and specialist in heart failure at the Royal Brompton Hospital, said that at a conservative estimate it could save between 5,000 and 10,000 lives a year.

It could also slash National Health Service costs by cutting hospital admissions by more than a quarter.

Read more: Mail Online


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