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Monday, June 7, 2010

Allopurinol and chronic angina

A very small but impressive trial was just reported.

Allopurinol, an old medication to treat gout, has been shown to
improve exercise tolerance in patients with chronic angina.

I'm intrigued by this. The drug has been shown to reduce oxygen demand
in heart muscle. The drug has a good safety profile.

I would like to see this proof of concept tested in a larger trial but
I doubt that this will occur because there will be no funding for it.

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