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"Could Taking A Single Pill Make A Big Difference In Heart Disease?"

  • CBS New York
  • New York, NY
  • (September 18, 2019)

Could taking a single pill make a big difference in heart disease? Researchers call it a polypill. That’s because it’s actually a combination of four drugs: Three for blood pressure and one for cholesterol. Doctors have been studying different polypill combinations for some time, mostly in low and middle income countries. This is one of the first to be studied in the U.S. “People aren’t taking the pills they’re supposed to. Patients with high cholesterol are supposed to take a statin but only 50 percent are actually doing it,” said Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, director of Mount Sinai Heart and physician-in-chief of The Mount Sinai Hospital. Dr. Fuster has also led several international studies on polypills. He’s found that combining several drugs into a single pill results in a major reduction in cardiovascular risk factors. He added, “People will take the polypill but they won’t take many pills together.”

— Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, Director, Mount Sinai Heart, Physician in Chief, The Mount Sinai Hospital, Professor, Medicine, Cardiology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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