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article imageDrug for hypertension helps the injured to walk

By Tim Sandle     Feb 13, 2013 in Health
New research, conducted in Australia, indicates that a drug used to treat hypertension is also effective at helping mobilize patients with constricted limb arteries.
The drug that has been evaluated is called ramipril and it has been trialled with people suffering from PAD (Peripheral Artery Disease), according to Medical News Today. People with PAD experience ‘claudication’, that is numbness, weakness, pain, or cramping in muscles because of decreased blood flow.
For the study, 212 PAD patients were tested. Half of the group were given ramipril, and the other half were given an inactive placebo.
The study showed that the ramipril patients could sustain four more minutes of walking than the placebo patients. The patients were assessed on a treadmill. In addition, for more than a minute they felt no pain whilst walking.
The study suggests, PJ Online summarizes, that ramipril has the potential to be developed as a medication for rehabilitating PAD patients. Ramipril is an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor, used to treat high blood pressure and congestive heart failure. It is marketed as Prilace by Arrow Pharmaceuticals in Australia, Ramipro by Westfield Pharma in the Philippines, Tritace by Sanofi-Aventis and Altace by King Pharmaceuticals in the United States, and Altace by Sanofi in Canada.
The study was funded by the National Heart Foundation of Australia.
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