Gout drug may help fight angina

June 8, 2010 2:22:47 PM PDT
A 40-year-old gout drug is showing promise against a common painful heart condition.

British researchers say the gout drug Allopurinol appears to be an effective and less expensive alternative to conventional drugs targeting chronic stable angina.

Scientists reporting in The Lancet say the drug seems to curtail the activity of a particular enzyme and in doing so cuts back on the amount of energy the heart needs to exert whenever it beats.

Angina is a type of chest pain or discomfort caused by reduced blood flow to the heart muscle.