valsartan (Diovan) improves survival after a heart attack

There's now evidence that valsartan (Diovan) improves survival after a heart attack. It's the first angiotensin receptor blocker to show this benefit.

Most patients get an ACE inhibitor after an MI...along with aspirin, a statin, and a beta-blocker.

But valsartan seems to work as well as an ACE inhibitor for improving survival and preventing recurrent MIs.

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