Did you know that 40 percent of all deaths are caused by cardiovascular disease? Learn more about keeping your blood pressure on target.
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Sherri Dmyterko: A major Canadian led global study offers new hope in the fight against cardiovascular disease. The on target study has found that a newer blood pressure medication, Micardis, is just as affective in reducing cardiovascular deaths, as the popular drug Ramipril, but with fewer side effects and better patient compliance. Dr. Salim Yusuf with McMaster University is principal investigator with the on target study and says with cardiovascular disease claiming so many lives every year, new treatment options are very welcome news. Dr. Salim Yusuf: In the world there are about 6.5 billion people, there are about 55 million deaths every year in the world. 40% of these deaths globally are from cardiovascular disease. So this means about 20-22 million deaths a year in the world are from cardiovascular disease. Sharon: I have had a stroke, I have high blood pressure, I have diabetes, so it's important to me to manage my conditions so I would be around for a long time. Sherri Dmyterko: Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer in Canada. Globally, statistics from the World Health Organization indicate that someone dies from cardiovascular disease every two seconds. For more information about treatment options speak with your doctor. Sherri Dmyterko reporting.