CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSEN
283 Medical Laboratories
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-8032; fax (319) 335-8034
Participants invited to join UI blood pressure study
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Men and women age 55 and older with high blood pressure
may be eligible to participate in a research study at the University of
Iowa College of Medicine.
The six-year study, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health,
will evaluate whether newer drugs currently prescribed to lower blood pressure
are helpful in reducing the risk of heart attack. Qualified participants
in the study will receive standard blood pressure medications free of charge.
Eligible participants in the blood pressure study may also join a study
testing the effectiveness of cholesterol-lowering drugs in decreasing the
number of deaths from heart disease.
Participants must show signs of, or be at risk for, atherosclerosis,
or the hardening of the arteries. Cigarette smoking is a significant risk
factor for atherosclerosis.
Dr. William Lawton, UI associate professor of internal medicine, is
principal investigator for the project. For more information, call (319)