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Doctor insights on: Can Not Take Estrogen Replacement Due To Heart Problems So What Else Could Help Vain All Atrophy

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Anyone know exactly how estrogen increases the risk of heart problems?

Anyone know exactly how estrogen increases the risk of heart problems?

Clotting factors: 'exactly' is tough in a short general answer, but Estrogens stimulate production of clotting factors in the liver, increasing coaguability (risk of clot) in the blood vessels. ...Read more

Atrophy (Definition)

Atrophy usually refers to the skin-as you get older or if you have had alot of sun in the past-the dermis (that is the layer below the top layer which is called the epidermis) gets thinner and the skin looks more wrinked. Muscles and fat can also get thinner -this is another form of atrophy. Even the top layer gets thinner ...Read more


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Does birth control pill Clarissa have estrogen if so does it put my at risk of any heart problems?

Does birth control pill Clarissa have estrogen if so does it put my at risk of any heart problems?

Huh?: Dr. Google cannot find any birth control pill named "Clarissa". Nor can Epocrates, an extensive professional pharmaceutical database. Are you sure you're spelling it correctly? In general, all birth control pills have estrogen and all have a small increased risk of clots including heart disease. The risk is higher in women who smoke or/and who have high blood pressure, or are older (not you). ...Read more

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Is estrogen replacement recommended fot those who are in early menapause 44 yrs old worry about osteo arthritis and heart disease?

Is estrogen replacement recommended fot those who are in early menapause 44 yrs old worry about osteo arthritis and heart disease?

Depends: On your family history. Hrt can do wonders for women, but they are not indicated for women with a famiy history of first degree relatives with breast cancer and other conditions. See your doctor for an informed conversation on het. ...Read more

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I'm on testestrone replacement since 6 year I fell fine no heart problems no prostate problem do I stee have risk of heart attack or please explain for?

I'm on testestrone replacement since 6 year I fell fine no heart problems no prostate problem do I stee have risk of heart attack or please explain for?

Uncertain: Hi. There are conflicting reports about risks of hypogonadism and of testosterone therapy on heart risk. In general, if you're on testosterone and your levels are good, I would just treat cardiac risk factors (diabetes, lipids, blood pressure) as indicated. Of course, don't smoke. Eat healthily and exercise regularly. ...Read more

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Is there a safe calcium to take for osteoporosis that doesn't cause heart problems?

Is there a safe calcium to take for osteoporosis that doesn't cause heart problems?

Balance: Limit calcium intake to 500 mg daily if also eating well. Balance calcium with magnesium, and calcium:magnesium in 1:1 or 1:2 ratio is good. I prefer 1:2 ratio. Test vit d and replete to goal serum level of 60. Also test zinc and supplement if not in upper half of reference range. Consider boron, vanadium, and strontium in small doses. Limit alcohol. Exercise as tolerated. ...Read more

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Can I take omega 3 even though I do not have any heart problems?

Can I take omega 3 even though I do not have any heart problems?

Yes: Yes. They will notharm you. They lower triglyceride levels. ...Read more

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Hi my dad has dementia but lately he has been coughing up white foamy phgelm, he has heart problems he takes warfin for?

Hi my dad has dementia but lately he has been coughing up white foamy phgelm, he has heart problems he takes warfin for?

Comments: It is not unique for patients with progressive dementias to acquire pneumonia, but heart issues can lead to complications such as congestive heart failure and even pulmonary edema. You need to contact your local physician and get this figured out ASAP. ...Read more

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35 years old female no heart problems, sharp pain in chest/heart. Only last a min. Hits anytime driving sitting takes my breath away, happening more?

Get an evaluation: While pain in the chest lasting less than a minute is usually not caused by coronary artery disease, there are numerous other potential reasons. You should be evaluated for the cause of your symptoms. Call your primary doc to discuss/be evaluated. ...Read more

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I have chest discomfort that is not heart problems and is not an asthmatic issue. It's uncomfortable to take deep breaths. I don't get it.

I have chest discomfort that is not heart problems and is not an asthmatic issue. It's uncomfortable to take deep breaths. I don't get it.

Causes of CP: If heart problems and asthma r/o then chest wall pain/costochondritis possibly the next real possibility. Pleurisy it's another possibility from a prior pneumonia or any inflammatory disease like lupus, rheumatoid arthritis etc. Other possibility is acid reflux disease. Stay with your doctor. Sometimes takes time to match a symptom with a cause/diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can I take tylenol (acetaminophen) instead of aspirin to prevent heart problems?

Can I take tylenol (acetaminophen) instead of aspirin to prevent heart problems?

No: No, tylenol (acetaminophen) is antipyretic (fever reducer) and pain reliever and that's about it. It does nothing for cardiovascular system. ...Read more

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I was proscribed etodolac 400mg how much should I take if I have a history of heart problems?

I was proscribed etodolac 400mg how much should I take if I have a history of heart problems?

23 year old: Etodolac increases risk of heart attack due to coronary thombosis in those of coronary prone age. Your profile lists your age as 23 - it this is true, you're not at risk. I assume your hx of heart problems is due to a congenital or infectious cause? You're too young to have significant atherosclerosis. Etodolac should not pose a risk for you. ...Read more

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I am a 33y, f. I have been having l arm pain that coinsides with heart flutterings that take my breath away are these symptoms of heart problems?

Possibly-needs eval: Its difficult to say if these symptoms are due to a heart problem or not. Because it is impossible to know without further testing, it is advisable to seek immediate medical attention if these symptoms continue. ...Read more

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I take Metoprolol 50mg ER. Before I took it my BP was 30, my sys. And dia was below average. I never had heart problems before, or am I hypertensive.

I take Metoprolol 50mg ER. Before I took it my BP was 30, my sys. And dia was below average. I never had heart problems before, or am I hypertensive.

Really can't follow: This. Blood pressure is made up of two numbers - higher (systolic) and low (diastolic). So I am not sure what is being referred to as "30". You haven't told us what your current blood pressure is - so there isn't a way to state if you have hypertension. ...Read more

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Can a 75 years old man with diabetes and heart problems can take steroids for non stop cough? As no medicine effecting

Can a 75 years old man with diabetes and heart problems can take steroids for non stop cough? As no medicine effecting

Depends: Hi. Prednisone is not a cough suppressant, and will most assuredly whack his diabetes control. Coughing may result from asthma and COPD, so if the cough is a result of such conditions, prednisone may be helpful and worth taking. If he's having difficulty breathing, he needs close medical attention. If he has fever (or pneumonia), prednisone is not the treatment unless also treating reactive airway ...Read more

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I've been taking 800mg of ibuprofen a day for a few days. Should I be worried that it will cause kidney/heart problems if I continue to take it?

I've been taking 800mg of ibuprofen a day for a few days. Should I be worried that it will cause kidney/heart problems if I continue to take it?

Ibuprofen: The answer is yes, but the question is why are you taking this dose. Any dose of this type of medicine can cause kidney, GI or heart issues, but is usually given for a specific reason. You can help prevent these issues by taking the medicine with food and drinking plenty of water. Also if you have any symptoms from the medicine you should contact your physician right away. ...Read more

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Blood clots in past and heart problems. Should I take aspirin?

Blood clots in past and heart problems. Should I take aspirin?

Location: Where were your clots? If you had a clot in a vein or in your heart, Aspirin isn't effective. A more potent anticoagulant is necessary. You shouldn't take both usually. If you've had an arterial clot: coronary artery, bypass graft, or stroke, Aspirin is indicated - if you're not bleeding and not at high risk of bleeding. Also, be aware that Aspirin can cause cause stomach upset and GI bleeding. ...Read more

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I take Nexium (esomeprazole) twice a day for about a month now. Could this cause heart problems? My chest has been hurting and left arm going numb.

I take Nexium (esomeprazole) twice a day for about a month now. Could this cause heart problems? My chest has been hurting and left arm going numb.

No: Nexium (esomeprazole) does not cause heart problems. You should see a doctor however to find out what is going on. It is very uncommon for a 22 year old to have heart problems, but it's not unheard of. Although the cause of your symptoms is not the nexium, (esomeprazole) you need to find out what's up right away, don't delay. ...Read more

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Can I take the pill if I have heart problems?

Can I take the pill if I have heart problems?

Birth control pill: Can possibly increase risk of blood clots. ...Read more

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Can prolonged Adderall use lead to heart problems? I am a 27 year old guy. I'm in great physical shape, and have never experienced any health issues. I do have add, and have been prescribed Adderall for a couple of years. I take about 30mg per day on aver

Can prolonged Adderall use lead to heart problems? I am a 27 year old guy. I'm in great physical shape, and have never experienced any health issues. I do have add, and have been prescribed Adderall for a couple of years. I take about 30mg per day on aver

Should be fine: Used appropriately, Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) & other stimulants are quite safe. They can elevate pulse rate & blood pressure, but studies have not shown this creates increased risk. Abuse of stimulants, usually at much higher doses than those used to treat adhd can cause heart problems & even death. A recent study of many thousands of subjects showed no change in risk of heart problems related to stimulants. ...Read more

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Having occasional sudden dizzy spells upon standing or walking for extended periods. What does this mean? I take no meds. No heart problems.

Having occasional sudden dizzy spells upon standing or walking for extended periods. What does this mean? I take no meds. No heart problems.

May be nothing: Need to know how long you've had these symptoms, how long they last, association with other symptoms (palpitations), other positions that elicit symptoms, any recent weight loss, dehydration (quite common)? Probably best to chat with your health care provider to sort out answers to the above, just to make sure nothing significant may be starting that you can nip in the bud, esp since on no meds. ...Read more

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Hi! I'm a 31 year old female. Don't have any heart problems in my family. I have scoliosis. Sometimes (every six months or so) when I take a hot shower my chest feels super tight and it feels like I cant breathe. After a couple seconds the feeling supsides.

Hi! I'm a 31 year old female. Don't have any heart problems in my family. I have scoliosis. Sometimes (every six months or so) when I take a hot shower my chest feels super tight and it feels like I cant breathe. After a couple seconds the feeling supsides.

Scoliosis problem: Depending on what degree of curvature you have in your spine you may have a real restriction on the amount that you can physically expand your lungs. At your age your growing any bigger but some of your spinal vertebrae may be starting to loose Ca and get smaller. An X-Ray should answer that. Also, serial pulmonary function tests to follow your breathing function. ...Read more

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How advisable is it for a 90 year old man with heart problems to take a long plane ride?

How advisable is it for a 90 year old man with heart problems to take a long plane ride?

Heart problems: We need to know what kind of heart problems he has. Age should not matter. If he is taking his medications and if he is physically fit enough to withstand long walks in airport (if not wheelchairs available) if he is not currently symptomatic, he should not have a probe, . ...Read more

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My RHR is 67. After exercising, it reaches around 85 - 90bpm, and takes the rest of the day to go all the way back down to 60s. Heart problems?

My RHR is 67. After exercising, it reaches around 85 - 90bpm, and takes the rest of the day to go all the way back down to 60s. Heart problems?

Sounds strange: If after exercise your heart rate is 85-90 and persists for many hours after you exercise, you may be out of shape. Your resting heart rate should return to what is normal for you with a few minutes to a hour or so (but it does depend on how much and how vigorously you exercised). I would question whether your resting heart rate is really in the 60s and might be higher than that ...Read more

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I have bradachardia, 1st degree av block & congenital heart disease papvr. Is clarithromycin safe to take? It causes heart problems? No?

I have bradachardia, 1st degree av block & congenital heart disease papvr. Is clarithromycin safe to take? It causes heart problems? No?

Very specific proble: Clarithromycin can cause prolongation of the corrected QT interval (measurement on EKG). If overly prolonged, dangerous rhythm disturbances can result (torsades de pointe ventricular tachycardia). It will not affect or be affected by sinus bradycardia, first degree AV block, or partial anomalous pulmonary venous return. If your QTc is normal, then it's safe for you to use it. ...Read more

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Can cefalexin cause any heart problems as a side effect, I'm allergic to penicillin is this safe for me to take, taking for chest infection 1g a day?

Can cefalexin cause any heart problems as a side effect, I'm allergic to penicillin is this safe for me to take, taking for chest infection 1g a day?

Penicillin allergy: Cephalexin can cause any type of drug allergy symptoms like anaphylaxis, angioedema, steven johnson syndrome, bone marrow suppression, hepatitis but heart problems do not seem to be listed as an side effect. About 90% of patient with reported penicillin allergy during childhood can tolerate penicillin. If there is a true penicillin allergy, there is a 2% risk of having Cephalexin allergy. ...Read more

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Dad 80 y, BP swings from 97/56 to 155/87 over successive days about 3 times a month. Otherwise BP is normal. Daily 5mg Cilindipline. No sympts. Takes daily walks & uses exercise bike. On an antibiotic for UTI 2 wks ago. Serious heart problems?

Dad 80 y, BP swings from 97/56 to 155/87 over successive days about 3 times a month. Otherwise BP is normal. Daily 5mg Cilindipline. No sympts. Takes daily walks & uses exercise bike. On an antibiotic for UTI 2 wks ago. Serious heart problems?

Good BP!: These are fine BPs for an 80 year old! The main possible risk is that 97/56 is on the low side and could make him light headed if it drops quickly. But a few times probably is harmless, and certainly 155/87 from time to time also is just fine. To be completely safe, he should check with his doctor about it. But most likely all is well. ...Read more

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I take 50 mg seroquel (quetiapine) and 25 mg escitaloprom, what is my risk of heart problems? Is this a total contraindication? Should I do ecg? Blood test?

I take 50 mg seroquel (quetiapine) and 25 mg escitaloprom, what is my risk of heart problems? Is this a total contraindication? Should I do ecg? Blood test?

Yes.: Escitalopram at 25mg is a high dose. High doses of serotonin retake inhibitors combined with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory meds like asprin, Motrin can lead to stroke. If you notice easy bruising let your doc know. Furthermore seroquel (quetiapine) can cause prolongation of the qt syndrome in the heart for people who are prone to it. Generally the combo is safe but I would get an ekg to be safe. ...Read more

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I notice chest pain only when I bend over to pick up something up off the floor. No chest pain any other time. But when I bend over it takes my breath away. I take omeprazole for gerd. No history of heart problems and no other signs symptoms of heart p

I notice chest pain only when I bend over to pick up something up off the floor. No chest pain any other time. But when I bend over it takes my breath away. I take omeprazole for gerd. No history of heart problems and no other signs symptoms of heart p

Chest: Chest pain is a symptom that causes great concern for patients, and rightfully so. Chest pain may be a symptom of a life-threatening condition such as a heart attack. Chest pain can also be caused by other problems such as muscle pain or heartburn.


Chest pain from angina (heart pain) is often described by patients as pressure, squeezing, or tightness in the chest. It can radiate to the neck, arms, or back. It can be associated with other symptoms such as nausea, sweating, palpitations, shortness of breath, weakness, or fainting. Angina can be brought on by exercise, and sometimes relieved with resting. Risk factors for angina include patients with high blood pressure, smoking, a family history of heart disease, high cholesterol, or diabetes. However, some people also describe their angina as feeling like indigestion or heart burn.


Classic heartburn can be associated with an acid taste in the mouth, or with regurgitation of acid-tasting fluid into the mouth (reflux), especially if bending over or lying down. Certain foods can contribute to indigestion (chocolate, fatty or fried foods, or coffee for example).


Both angina and heartburn cause pain in the middle of the chest. It is important that if you have chest pain and don't know the cause that you contact a physician for consultation. If your symptoms feel like classic heartburn, you can try an antacid, but if you have more concerning symptoms of feeling lightheaded, sweating, nausea, palpitations, or fainting, or if your symptoms are severe or last greater than 20 minutes, you should be evaluated immediately by a physician. If you are concerned you are having angina, you should also take a 325 mg Aspirin (if you have not been told not to use Aspirin by your doctor), as this can improve outcome in patients with heart problems. Any new or persistent chest pain patient should be evaluated by a doctor. ...Read more

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Heart Problems (Definition)

Heart problems are clinical conditions or findings that are related to the heart and include arrhythmias, heart failure, heart valve diseases, and diseases of the heart ...Read more


Estrogen (Definition)

Estrogen is a hormone that is secreted by the ovaries and affects ovulation, ...Read more