Blood Pressure

A New Weapon Against Hypertension

Its been more than a decade since doctors received a new drug to help them battle hypertension (high blood pressure) in patients. During that time, the hypertension epidemic has grown to affect an estimated 25 percent of Americans-and it still remains uncontrolled in nearly 70 percent of those who have it. Thats why the recent approval of a new hypertension drug-aliskiren (Tekturna)-by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is of interest.
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Ask The Doctors: 06/07

Contrast dye is injected into the blood vessels to give cardiologists a better view of your arteries during a heart catheterization.can we be more specific about what kind of substance it is? Similar agents are used during some computed tomography (CT) scans or other medical procedures. If you have such a procedure scheduled, you should definitely inform your cardiologist that youve had a problem with contrast dye in the past. If possible, also try to relate how long ago it occurred and what your specific reaction was.
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Ask The Doctors: 04/07

My husband has high blood pressure. His cardiologist switched him from a beta blocker to an ACE inhibitor because his pulse readings were below 50. Since the switch, his blood pressure readings have averaged 160/88 compared with 125/75 on the beta-blocker. What should we do next?
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Ask The Doctors: 01/07

I had a serious heart attack in 1998 and open-heart surgery with one bypass in 1991. My current ejection fraction is 25 to 35 percent, and I would like to improve it. Am I a candidate for cardiac stem cell treatment?
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Which Drug for Hypertension?

Doctors often enroll multiple medications to fight a killer.
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6 Major Risk Factors for an Older Heart

Countering just one or two, now, could turn your cardiac clock back.
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Ask the Doctors: 10/05

Systolic inconsistency; Plavix and small bruise marks; Amiodarone as treatment for arrhythmias
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Ask the Doctors: 07/05

Hypertension medication; Drug coating options for stents; Non-invasive alternative to a cardiac catheterization
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Healthier Arteries, Clearer Thinking

What you do for your heart pays off for your brain and memory.
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Ask the Doctors: 03/05

Disparity in blood pressures, different kinds of strokes, stress-test drugs that raise heart rates
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