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The Top Heart Meds: Risks Vs. Benefits

Prescription heart medications are so common — millions of Americans currently take at least one to treat everything from high blood pressure and high cholesterol to heart failure and stroke — that it’s easy to assume that they are easy on your system, that the side effects must be minor because so many people take them. Not so. One of the two top reasons patients give for not taking heart drugs as prescribed is “fear of side effects.”

When Side Effects Prevail

Nearly one-third of all patients will stop taking a prescription medication without even telling their doctor. There are a variety of reasons people stop taking medications that have been prescribed for them. Sometimes they don’t think they need to take the medicine, or think it isn’t working. Maybe they’ve heard…

How Young Is Your Heart?

Diane Archer A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control indicates that most Americans have hearts that are “older” than they are. Their hearts could be older because of bad habits: smoking, obesity, or high blood pressure, affecting cardiovascular systems. Knowing your heart age helps you understand your…

Dementia Drugs Reduce Heart Attacks

Drugs used to treat Alzheimer’s seem to have the beneficial side effect of reducing both the death rate and the heart attack rate by 35%. Caution, this is an observational study, which is basically a review of records. It does not establish “causality,” meaning it could be a coincidence or…

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