Video B-Roll Available Via CNW - New guidelines alert for blood pressure patients

    TORONTO, Jan. 16 /CNW/ - The following video is available by satellite or
by CNW's Broadcast On-Demand web download:
    STORY SUMMARY: Thousands of Canadians with high blood pressure
(hypertension) are being treated with a drug combination that increases the
risk of sudden cardiac death, kidney disease and the likelihood of dialysis,
warns the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
    New guidelines from Canadian Hypertension Education Program (CHEP) based
on international research funded in part by the Foundation, will urge patients
who have been prescribed a combination of ACE inhibitors and Angiotensin II
Receptor Blockers (ARBs) to see their family physicians as soon as possible
for a treatment change.
    "These two popular categories of hypertension medication are each safe
and effective treatments - but not together," says Dr. Sheldon Tobe,
spokesperson for the Heart and Stroke Foundation and CHEP executive member. As
many as 175,000 Canadians with high blood pressure may be currently treated
with this combination of medications.
    ACE inhibitors and ARBs lower blood pressure through their action on a
group of hormones regulated by the kidneys that control long-term blood
pressure. "The combined action of these two drugs is a source of major stress
on the kidneys," says Dr. Tobe.
    Side effects may include fainting, diarrhea, and dangerously elevated
potassium levels that could result in the need for dialysis - or death.
    Margaret Moy Lum-Kwong, director of the High Blood Pressure AIM Strategy
of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, has some advice for Canadians
with high blood pressure: "Be aware of your medications - know what you are
taking and why. Most importantly, if you are on this particular combination
treatment for high blood pressure, do not stop taking your medication. Instead
go directly to your doctor for an alternative treatment."
    The Heart and Stroke Foundation and CHEP have translated the professional
blood pressure management guidelines into patient-friendly recommendations
available at Information about high blood pressure
medications can be found at

    The Heart and Stroke Foundation's Blood Pressure Action Plan(TM) offers
realistic strategies and on-going support to help individuals prevent and
control high blood pressure. Canadians can get a free, confidential risk
assessment by logging onto To find out more about Heart
and Stroke Foundation lifestyle or stroke and heart disease information, and
to learn how you can offer much-needed support in your community call
1-888-HSF-INFO (1-888-473-4636).

    Interviews - Dr. Sheldon Tobe, Heart and Stroke Foundation; Arthur Innes,
    Blood Pressure Patient: Margaret Moy Lum-Kwong, Heart and Stroke

    Various b -roll - Blood Pressure testing

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    TIME OF FEED:         2:00PM ET
    DATE OF FEED:         Friday, January 16/09
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    DATE OF POSTING:      Friday, January 16/09

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    Stacy O'Rourke
    Heart and Stroke Foundation
    (416) 937-5307

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