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  • 1 hour ago

    valsartan recall

    I have been taking Valsartan (160mg) and Amlodipine Besylate (2.5mg) ever since a generic came out for Diovan. Blood pressure was fine (130-80). Then the recall came and I still take Valsartan made possibly in another country and a different laboratory. Since then my systolic blood pressure reading has elevated to the 157-160 range. My doctor is increasing Valsartan to 320 mg and Amlodipine to 5 mg. Is there any reason why a change in laboratories/countries could cause this? male 68 years old.
  • 9 days ago

    Looking for an exercise partner

    I have cardiomyopathy, newly diagnosed. I am looking for a walking or gym partner.
  • 1 month ago

    Early BP dose advisable to lower high BP?

    Mom 86, has BP readings of 179 / 108 (taken at 12:30am) She has the flu which has weakened her and lead to dizzyness and vomit although she had normal BP then. She's under flu meds (every 8h). She took her BP (Irbesartan 150 mg) 14 hours ago (12:30 pm aprox). Would it b advisable to give her an early dose (it's 2:00 am and she's sleeping).
  • 1 month ago

    High bp

    Doctor change my med . Too fosinopril 20-12.5mg. BP still a little high.150/90
  • 1 month ago


    I have been taking Amlodipine to control hypertension for the last 10 years. For the past 3 years, I am experiencing arrythimia. If I take Amlodipine 5mg everyday, I observe multiple skipping pulses in a minute. But, if I take Amlodipine 5mg on alternate days, I do not observe skipping pulses. Does it imply that arrythimia in my case is caused by Amlodipine?
  • 1 month ago


    About a month ago I was taken to the emergency room because I was experiencing severe pain along my lower jaw line, squeezing pain around my heart and mid back pain. I had an elevated heart rate and they ran a few different tests to rule out a heart attack and a pulmonary embolism. They diagnosed me with costochondritis. I have had two more episodes within the past few weeks since leaving the hospital. When I look up costochondritis, the symptoms do not match what I had and continue to have. Besides....
  • 2 months ago

    Could Too Much 'Good' HDL Cholesterol Be Bad for You?

    When it comes to protecting one's heart, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol -- or HDL -- has long had a reputation of being the "good" cholesterol, compared to the "bad" cholesterol -- LDL (low-density lipoprotein). But new research suggests that there could be too much of a "good" thing. Read more:
  • 3 months ago

    Heart Racing/bp spikes

    Hello All This is my first time posting so plz bare with me. It is 1:49 am and I cant sleep. In the middle of the night my bp goes up to an awful number. Tonight it was 149/100 And my pulse is 100. I have never ever / never ever had blood pressure problems before until I started menopause. My husband has rushed me to the ER in the middle of the night at least 15 times. All the Drs says is that they don't see anything and the EKG is fine in which I'm Greatful for. But this is so scary to wake....
  • 3 months ago

    Weird feeling heart, not sure what to do.

    Hi there. I am just asking if this would be a situation to go into the doctor about or what I should do. A little background is that both of my parents have atrial fibrillation, not sure if this is the same thing. A little bit a go I was just sitting on the couch and felt my heart racing like crazy and I felt a little off, so I checked my pulse and it was 125 and I thought that was odd so I took a drink of water and then started to feel light headed and weird and checked my pulse again and it was....
  • 3 months ago

    BP and Heart Rate high

    I was diagnosed with hypertension about two months ago. At first I was Lisinopril which I had to stop because of the awful cough I developed. Then I was prescribed Irbesartan which made me have flu like symptoms and a heart of around 125. Currently, as of 6 days ago, I am taking Metoprolol ER 25mg and Norvasc 10mg (both once a day) and neither seem to be doing anything. My BP is bouncing anywhere between 160/99 and 140/85 and my heart rate anywhere from 100 - 120. I’m also having sharp chest pains....