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new heart drug approved fda

A new approved drug by the FDA could save millions of lives. The drug Entresto by Novartis began clinical trials about a year ago which showed a 20 percent reduction in risk of death by heart attack by patients who took the drug. Other results showed that people who took the drug have less hospitalizations associated with heart failure conditions.

But health prevention comes at a price. The drug will market at a cost of $12.50 per day for 2 pills or $4,500 annually. Will your health plan cover this high of a cost?

Giving two low-cost prescription drugs (Lisinopril and Lovastatin) to reduce cholesterol and blood pressure in people with diabetes or heart disease - along with encouraging them to take a daily aspirin - can slash their risk of hospitalization for heart attack or stroke by 60 percent, according to a new study.

The cost of these drugs with aspirin amount to just over $1,000 per year. Lisinopril comes in at a cost of $900 without insurance while Lovastatin is much less expensive at $90 year. Insurance reduces the cost to almost half.

In either case, the costs of healthcare keeps going up while simple lifestyle choices could reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke by more than 70 percent. These lifestyle choices which include eating more fruits and vegetables, exercising regularly, ceasing smoking and alcohol intake, and reducing stress.  

These may be more affordable and with greater reduced risks than just relying on medications. 

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