The high blood pressure drug irbesartan delayed the recurrence of irregular heartbeats, researchers report for first time in todays rapid access issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.
The drug helped stop irregular heartbeats (arrhythmias) known as atrial fibrillation (AF). AF is a disorder in which the two small, upper chambers of the heart quiver instead of beating effectively. Blood that isnt pumped out may pool and clot. If a piece of clot leaves the heart and lodges in an artery to the brain, a stroke results.
Irbesartan is in a class of drugs called angiotensin II antagonists, or blockers. They are used to treat several cardiovascular disorders such as high blood pressure and heart failure.
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