Aortic stenosis is a kind of valvular heart disease when the basic valve between the heart and the other parts of the body shrink down. As per a new research by University of Dundee and NHS Tayside scientists, medicines used for treatment of blood pressure are deemed to provide considerable advantages for patients with aortic stenosis.
As known, patients with the aforesaid condition do not have any apparent symptoms. However, when the valve tends to become too stiff, they do seem to encounter chest pain and breathlessness while active.As part of the study, the scientists examined Tayside patients with aortic stenosis who have experienced heart scans since 20 years at that place.
‘From looking at these records, we have shown that patients taking drugs that block the renin angiotensin system like ACE Inhibitors and angiotensin blockers had significantly lower rates of all-cause death and cardiovascular events. Aortic stenosis is a growing problem. Physicians have previously not known whether to continue these ACE Inhibitor medications or not. On the one hand, a fall in blood pressure may not be helpful but on the other hand these drugs offer many protective benefits,” cited Chim Lang, Professor of Cardiology at the University of Dundee.
The objective of the therapy is to get a replacement for the valve. For individuals who are asymptomatic, commonly used blood pressure drugs like ACE inhibitors or angiotensin blockers may be beneficial for treatment. They may seemingly put off the need of an operation for some time too. It was disclosed that patients with aortic stenosis who were exposed to the aforesaid medicines appeared to show improvement. However, clinical tests are required to affirm the results.
The study is published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.