Do Thiazide Diuretics Confer Specific Protection Against Strokes?

Franz H. Messerli*, Ehud Grossman, Anthony F. Lever

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Several large studies have suggested that therapy with thiazide diuretics confers a particular benefit in reducing the risk of strokes that seem to be, at least to some extent, independent of the blood pressure-lowering effect. Such a cerebroprotective effect was documented not only with monotherapy but also when diuretics were used in combination with other drugs. The cerebroprotective effect does not seem to be shared by other drug classes, such as the β-blockers or the angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, in patients without manifest cardiovascular disease. Since stroke is one of the most devastating sequelae of high blood pressure, our data strongly favor the use of low-dose diuretics either as initial therapy or in combination in all hypertensive patients at risk for cerebrovascular disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2557-2560
Number of pages4
JournalArchives of Internal Medicine
Issue number21
StatePublished - 24 Nov 2003
Externally publishedYes


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