If you’ve ever had surgery, your doctor may
have advised that you stop taking your normal medications before your procedure. However,
when it comes to a particular blood pressure drug, getting back on it ASAP, may may you
more likely to survive! I’m Rachelle Grossman with today’s health news. A new study found
that patients who resumed using a blood pressure drug called an angiotensin receptor blocker,
or ARB, by the second day after surgery were more likely to survive. Doctors sometimes
briefly stop certain medications around the time of surgery because they can cause low
blood pressure while under general anesthesia – which can be dangerous. But for people taking
ARBs like Avapro and Diovan, getting back on them quickly may lead to better outcomes.
Further research is needed, but experts say you should always speak with your doctor about
what drugs are safe to take during and after surgery.