Folic acid re­duces risk of stroke

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hy­per­ten­sion can re­duce the risk of heart attack by tak­ing folic acid sup­ple­ments along with the pre­scribed med­i­ca­tion, enalapril. More than 20,000 adults with high blood pres­sure but with­out a his­tory of stroke in China were given a daily treat­ment of a sin­gle-pill com­bi­na­tion of enalapril and folic acid or a tablet con­tain­ing enalapril alone. The first stroke oc­curred in 282 par­tic­i­pants in the enalapril-folic acid group com­pared to 355 par­tic­i­pants in the enalapril group. This rep­re­sents a 21 per cent re­duc­tion in the risk of first stroke. JAMA, March 15

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