Heart Disease, Stroke & Diabetes Prevented by Ramipril (Altace)

Just as many people now take an aspirin a day to keep heart attacks away, millions may soon also be taking another drug daily to ward off heart disease, stroke and diabetes. It is a drug that has been used since 1991 to treat patients with heart disease or high blood pressure. The drug is called ramipril. It is sold by King Pharmaceutical, in the U.S.A, and marketed by Hoechst Marion Roussel outside the U.S.A.

Ramipril appears able to reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke and death by more than 20% in a wide range of patients not traditionally considered to be candidates for the therapy. Ramipril also seems to be the first drug known to prevent the onset of diabetes.