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Non-potassium-sparing diuretics and beta blockers increase risk for sudden cardiac death, Dutch study finds.

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NON-POTASSIUM-SPARING DIURETICS AND BETA BLOCKERS INCREASE RISK OF SUDDEN DEATH by myocardial infarction, according to a study published in the Oct. 1 Annals of Internal Medicine. The study, conducted at Erasmus University Medical School, Rotterdam, Netherlands by Arno Hoes, MD, et al., warns that the association between non-potassium-sparing diuretics and beta blockers and sudden cardiac death "may offset part of the mortality benefit of these drugs in the treatment of hypertension."

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