Weight can affect how blood pressure medications work

December 6, 2012 2:59:42 PM PST
Considering a patient's weight when choosing a blood pressure medication might help prevent strokes, heart attacks and death, according to a new study from The Lancet.

The study found that thin and obese people react differently to blood pressure medications.

People who have high blood pressure and are overweight have a better prognosis than people who have high blood pressure and are thin, scientists found.

Researchers recommend starting all patients with a class of drugs called calcium channel blockers regardless of weight.

They say diuretics are effective in obese patients but can harm thin patients and should be relegated to a third line therapy.

The authors believe their findings could change the way high blood pressure is treated.