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Posted 5 Feb 2013 by Drugs.com
TUESDAY, Feb. 5 – The blood pressure drug ramipril may make walking a bit easier for people with clogged leg arteries, new study results suggest. Researchers found that of 212 people with peripheral artery disease (PAD), those given ramipril every day for nearly six months were faring better on their feet than those on inactive placebo pills. On average, they could walk on a treadmill 4 minutes longer, and got an extra 75 seconds of pain-free walking. That might not sound like a big difference. But it beats the benefits of the two drugs approved in the United States for improving PAD patients' ability to walk, according to Dr. Mary McGrae McDermott, a professor of medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. It's also similar to the effects of supervised exercise therapy – another standard PAD treatment, said McDermott, who wrote an editorial published ... Read more