When it comes to treating high blood pressure and preventing its complications, new studies indicate that diuretics ("water pills") are at least as good, and perhaps better, than some new medicines.
Doctors say there are about 50 million Americans who have high blood pressure, which is a major risk factor for heart attack and stroke. Researchers suggest that diuretic pills, which eliminate excess sodium and water, should be the first medicine prescribed to treat high blood pressure. Even in cases where multiple medications are recommended, medical authorities say one of them should be diuretics.
If you have high blood pressure, consult your doctor if a water pill is right for you.