A new study says you should consider taking blood pressure drugs as an alternative to opiates, because they may lower your risk of getting a heart attack, stroke or other heart attack.
But some doctors warn that taking the drugs may cause more problems than they solve.
Dr. Daniel Nachman, an orthopedic surgeon at the University of Michigan, told Fox News that there’s not a lot of research on the efficacy of drugs for lowering blood pressure.
But he said there’s no evidence that the drugs increase the risk of an attack.
He said patients may need to wait until after their heart attack to get a diagnosis.
“It’s the risk that we are missing, and there’s nothing that can be done about it,” Nachmann said.
Nachman says there’s a risk that patients who take blood pressure medicines may also suffer from a higher risk of developing heart attack or stroke.
“There is some evidence that it might make you feel better when you’re taking a drug, but you don’t have a really good idea,” he said.
“There are no long-term studies, and we don’t know how much that effect is.”
Dr. Charles Blanchard, a professor of medicine at Columbia University, told ABC News he is unsure how much of a benefit it might be.
“I don’t think it’s a big deal,” he told FoxNews.
“But we have to be cautious about what we’re saying.”
He said that there may be some benefits of taking blood pressures drugs, but he said he doesn’t know of any evidence that they increase the likelihood of developing a heart condition.
Dr Blanchart said the medications can be very effective.
“These drugs are not the gold standard of medicine,” he explained.
“It’s not going to reduce your risk for having a heart event.”
He noted that while blood pressure medications are not new, they have been used for decades.
“We know that it’s safe to take,” he added.
“I’m not saying it’s always safe, but I think that it has a lot more value than it’s given credit for.”
Dr Nachmen also told Fox that the heart attack risk associated with blood pressure pills may be lower than what’s suggested.
“For instance, if you have a stroke and you take a blood pressure drug, you’re probably going to have less chance of having a stroke,” he noted.