One-pill solution for blood pressure, cholesterol

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – According to a survey by Consumer Reports, Americans on average are taking as many as four prescribed medications regularly.

But what if treatment for some of the most common conditions, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol, was wrapped into one pill?

Cooking up a heart-healthy meal with some whole grains, Omega-3s and leafy greens, is what 75-year-old Ann Gwin does to keep her heart healthy.

"If you read my medical history, I sound like a train wreck," Gwin said.

Between her high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and heart disease, Gwin takes several medications.

"Some of the pills I take once a day, some I take twice a day, some pills I take two at one time and one at another time. So, it gets a little confusing, sometimes," Gwin said.

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Dr. Daniel Munoz, a cardiologist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, led a study that suggests a single pill containing doses of four medications to treat high blood pressure and high cholesterol, the leading risk factors for strokes and heart attacks, can simplify the lives of those taking medications. It's called a polypill.