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In the January issue of Prescrire International: Primary prevention of cardiovascular disease

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  • In a large-scale placebo-controlled trial, about 13 000 patients at risk of a first cardiovascular event were followed for approximately six years.
  • Low-dose rosuvastatin and the combination of candesartan + hydrochlorothiazide did not reduce total mortality or cardiovascular mortality.
  • These findings do not justify routinely exposing all patients at cardiovascular risk due to tobacco use or family history to the adverse effects of these drugs.

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"Primary prevention of cardiovascular disease Statins and hypotensive drugs: not for everyone" Prescrire Int 2018; 27 (189): 24. (Pdf, free)

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