-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas
TUESDAY, Aug. 30 (HealthDay News) -- A language barrier may not
prevent Spanish-speaking patients from making informed health care
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) said it's
now offering free, easy-to-understand pamphlets on six
health-related topics, including the benefits and risks of certain
"This new Spanish-language guide on heart medications is part of AHRQ's ongoing effort to give Hispanics the knowledge they need to take a greater role in their health care," said AHRQ Director Dr. Carolyn M. Clancy. "All patients should have access to the best information available so they can work with their doctor to identify the best treatment for them."
The pamphlet on heart disease drugs summarizes the benefits and
risks of heart medications known as ACE (angiotensin-converting
enzyme) inhibitors and ARBs (angiotensin II receptor blockers),
which help reduce blood pressure in patients who may have been
prescribed additional heart medications such as blood thinners or
drugs for lowering cholesterol.
Heart disease is not the only topic the AHRQ covers in their
initiative to reach out to Spanish-speaking patients. The agency
has published five other pamphlets on a variety of topics,
AHRQ said it now offers 23 publications in Spanish.
The AHRQ pamphlets are available online by
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