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Dr. Sheldon Sheps
Lately, I've had a lot of leg pain, especially when sitting at my desk or standing in line at the store. Should I be concerned about this new aching? In brief: New, persistent leg pain certainly warrants a visit to your doctor for evaluationLEG PAIN
Leg pain can have many causes, but your description of aching after prolonged standing or sitting suggests a possible buildup of fluid in the leg veins (venous congestion).
Can vitamin D deficiency cause high blood pressure? In brief: It's long been known that getting too little vitamin D weakens bonesBLOOD PRESSURE CALCITRIOL HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE HYPERTENSION VITAMIN D VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY
The role vitamin D may play in developing high blood pressure and heart disease is less clear. Vitamin D deficiency may be linked to heart disease and a higher risk of high blood pressure (hypertension).
Can you tell me what I should eat while I am taking warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven)? What foods should I avoid? In brief: Warfarin is a blood-thinning medication that helps treat and prevent blood clotsCOUMADIN WARFARIN
There is no specific warfarin diet.
What causes leg and foot swelling during air travel? In brief: Leg and foot swelling during air travel is common and typically harmlessSWOLLEN FOOT
The most likely culprit is inactivity during a flight.
Is it true that calcium supplements may interact with blood pressure medications? In brief: YesBLOOD PRESSURE CALCIUM CALCIUM SUPPLEMENTS SUPPLEMENTS
In large amounts, calcium supplements may interact with some blood pressure medications.
Can diuretics decrease your potassium level? In brief: Yes, some diuretics — also called water pills — decrease potassium in the bloodCENA K DIURETIC K DUR K LOR K TAB KAOCHLOR KAON KAON CL KAY CIEL KLOR CON KLOR-CON KLORVESS KLOTRIX MICRO K POTASSIUM SLOW K TEN K
Diuretics are commonly used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) because they lower blood pressure by helping your body eliminate sodium and water through your urine.
Can some blood pressure medications cause an increase in triglycerides? In brief: Yes, some blood pressure medications can affect triglyceride and cholesterol levelsBLOOD PRESSURE TRIGLYCERIDE
Hydrochlorothiazide is commonly prescribed for high blood pressure.
My doctor recently prescribed a beta blocker to lower my blood pressure. Now, when I exercise, I have trouble getting my heart rate higher than 135. Is this normal? In brief: Beta blockers slow your heart rate, which can prevent the increase in heart rate that typically occurs with exerciseBETA BLOCKER BLOOD PRESSURE EXERCISE OR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY HEART RATE
This means that it might not be possible for you to reach your target heart rate — the number of heartbeats per minute you aim for to ensure you're exercising hard enough.
Is weightlifting safe if I have high blood pressure? In brief: MaybeBLOOD PRESSURE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE HYPERTENSION
It depends how high your blood pressure is.