• 07-APR-2015

  • SOURCE: Journal of the American Medical Association

Folic Acid Supplementation Among Adults with Hypertension Reduces Risk of Stroke

A new study examined the effect of folic acid supplements coupled with a common anti-hypertensive medication among adults in China with high blood pressure to see if this combination would reduce the risk of developing a first stroke.

Worldwide, hypertension is the leading cause of stroke, and in China stroke is responsible for approximately 1.5 million deaths each year. Researchers studied more than 20,000 Chinese adults who had high blood pressure, but no history of stroke or heart attack. Patients were randomly assigned to receive daily treatment with a single pill combination containing enalapril and folic acid, or a tablet containing enalapril alone.

The study found a 21 percent reduction in the risk of first stroke among the group receiving folic acid supplementation.

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