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Fitness 'boost' from heart drug

11th October 2007

Scientists suggest that a drug regularly prescribed for heart conditions could help pensioners to exercise more.

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Researchers from Dundee University discovered that older people became more active when they were given an ACE inhibitor called perindopril. In the study of 130 pensioners with an average age of 79, tests found that those given the drug were able to walk further than those who were given placebos. The research team said majority of the older people did not take regular exercise, even though it increases strength and slows mental decline.

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