HAMILTON, Ontario — There’s good news for individuals looking for an inexpensive way to ensure a healthier heart. A “wonderpill” daily tablet containing four medicines can almost halve the risk of a heart attack or stroke and save millions of lives, a study shows.
The cheap polypill, costing just pennies, is a cocktail of three blood pressure drugs and a lipid lowering medication. When taken with blood-thinning aspirin it cut cardiac arrests and brain hemorrhages by 40 percent. “This is the start of a transformational approach to preventing heart disease,” says in a university release. “We could save millions of people from experiencing serious heart disease or stroke each year with effective use of the polypill and aspirin.