Weight can affect how blood pressure medications work

December 6, 2012

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.

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