FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2018 file photo, a drugstore employee reaches for medicine from shelf in downtown Tehran, Iran. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
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A cheap, once-a-day pill combining aspirin with drugs that lower blood pressure and cholesterol cuts cardiovascular disease as a whole by a third, and heart attacks by more than half, researchers said Friday. In clinical trials, the so-called "polypill" was especially effective among people with no history of cardiovascular disease, reducing the number of severe events by 40 percent, the researchers reported in The Lancet, a medical journal.Among participants who took the pill as directed -- at least 70 percent of the time -- heart attack incidence declined by 57 percent.One was given "lifestyle advice" only, while the other also got a daily polypill from 2011 to 2013 .Doctors monitored compliance with the drug regimen, and then tallied the number of strokes and heart attacks across each cohort over the next five years.Compared with the lifestyle group, the polypill cohort had 34 percent fewer adverse events.
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