Blood pressure drugs could help repair damaged kidneys

Last Updated: Apr 11, 2010, 00:00 AM IST

London: Blood pressure drugs could someday be used to allow damaged kidneys to repair themselves, researchers have claimed.

If successful, the treatment could cut the numbers who need a kidney transplant every year or who are on constant dialysis.

The claim is based on a study of patients given ACE inhibitors, a common set of blood pressure drugs, conducted by Giuseppe Remuzzi, Ariela Benigni, and Marina Morigi from the Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research in Bergamo, Italy.

A trial on 112 patients showed that the half who were given an ACE inhibitor were less likely to suffer from kidney failure than those who received standard treatment, reports