Can you use erythropoietin if you have heart disease?

Generally not. Erythropoietin is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular events, stroke and hypertensive encephalopathy. So, in general, it is not recommended for use in patients with high blood pressure, chronic renal failure, or cardiovascular disease except with extreme caution. Consult your doctor if you have heart disease and anemia, alternate therapies or dosing may be available.
Yes. It's done all the time. A recent study just published this month failed to show improved outcomes when it was given to patients with advanced heart failure but it wasn't harmful.

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Can you have heart disease just from hypertension?

Absolutely yes, Though if you have other risk factors such as obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol, or you are a smoker, your risk is even higher. Read more...

Why is it important to keep track of your weight if you have heart disease?

Effective monitor. Your heart is a pump. If the pump isn't doing its job, fluid backs up behind it.. Blood being pumped out of the heart to the body is reduced & your organs (especially the kidney) think that they are dehydrated. The kidney stops making urine to 'save' fluid. The volume in the body increases. More fluid, more weight. Voila! weight becomes an accurate measure of fluid balance. Use same scale! Read more...

Aside from chest pain, what can suggest you have heart disease?

Many things. Among the more common are shortness of breath, decreased exercise tolerance, prolonged low grade fever, unexplained weight loss, nausea, dizziness (light headedness), fainting, palpitations, profuse unexplained sweating, pallor. There may be other subtle non-specific symptoms but to make sure you are not missing anything important you should see your doctor for a full exam. Read more...
Many symptoms. Nausea, shortness of breath, cold sweats, dizziness, abdominal pain, fainting spells, especially if these are associated with exertion. Poor exercise tolerance, easily fatigued. Pain can occur in arms, neck, jaw, belly. Read more...