Asthma 'strong predictor' of ACE inhibitor-induced cough

Patients who developed the cough need lung function checked, say researchers

Patients with ACE inhibitor-induced cough should be assessed for asthma, researchers suggest in the wake of a small study.

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Among patients attending a single cardiology clinic over a year, US and Turkish researchers found an eightfold increased risk of patients with underlying asthma developing the cough after initiation of an ACE inhibitor (ACEi).

The 43 patients with ACEi-induced cough were compared with 50 controls, who had been treated with the same class of drug, without any side effects, for at least six months.

While the

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