I heard something that said stroke risk increases with each blood pressure medication prescribed. I found the following on this website: uab.edu/news/research/item/...
"The harder hypertension is to control, the higher the risk for stroke, even if the treatment is successful. Howard says the risk of stroke went up 33 percent with each blood pressure medicine required to treat blood pressure to goal. Compared to people with systolic blood pressure below 120 mm Hg without treatment, hypertensive individuals on three or more blood pressure medications had a stroke risk of 2.5 times higher."
“You’re in as much trouble by the time you are on three medications that achieve excellent control as you are when you have hypertension and it is untreated, which is amazing,” Howard said. “We want to raise the issue that, despite great advances in a pharmaceutical approach, relying solely on this approach is going to come at a dear price of people’s lives.”
Since blood pressure type medications are often part of the regimen for atrial fibrillation, I was wondering if this is part of the reason why people with atrial fibrillation have higher risk of stroke. Is it the atrial fibrillation that is the cause or the medications given to treat it?