Every medication can have side effects. That’s a given. Whether or not you can live with the side effect is the big question. I take a medication given to many with some form of dementia— Aricept . It has many possible side effects. The most common are generally minor and include nausea, headache, diarrhea, and abnormal dreaming. I experience the latter. Fortunately, I now understand what’s going on and can live with it, knowing that, for me, Aricept has truly been a “life” saver. Not in the literal sense, of course, but in the figurative sense. It has helped to improve my cognitive abilities, so I can live with the dreams… When I first took Aricept, I soon began having bizarre dreams which were especially bright and memorable. (My sister tells me I have always had very active dreaming so this medication just exacerbates it.) One of the first nights after beginning to take Aricep...
Can pain in the jaw or teeth be an indication of a heart attack? How do I tell if a pain in my arm or shoulder is due to a heart condition?
These questions are quite common and frequently asked, and not always easily or correctly answered in magazines and journals. In fact, pain caused by an inadequate supply of oxygen to the heart can occur in many different forms. Although, once in a while, the location and description of the discomfort may be odd, but, fortunately, most of the time it is similar. The majority of the time patients describe a tightness, heaviness or constriction in the mid-chest or upper abdomen that appears to also be present in one or the other shoulder. The discomfort may also be noted in the upper biceps, elbow and wrist (on either side) and on occasion may feel like it is “going through” to the back. Heart pain can also be noted in the jaw and teeth. It is more common for heart-related discomfort to affect the lower jaw than the upper jaw. Occ...
Congestive heart failure - left
The goals of treatments are:
Treat the disease that is causing the heart failure
Relieve stress on the heart
Reduce risks of worsening heart failure
You should see a heart specialist. You may need to stay in the hospital when symptoms are severe.
Treatment may involve surgery or cardiac catheterization to open blocked heart arteries, medicines for high blood pressure, and lifestyle changes such as stopping drinking alcohol.
Persons with heart failure should eat less salt, avoid alcohol, and exercise moderately.
Medicines that may be used include:
Diuretics such as furosemide (Lasix) or spironolactone (Aldactone) to help the body get rid of extra fluid
Beta blockers and ACE inhibitors to reduce the stress on the heart and to prevent further muscle damage and scarring
Digoxin to increase muscle strength and slow down abnormally fast ...
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