Any discussion of heart disease and its risk factors is often joined by a discussion of cholesterol. Last week we talked about the basics of what cholesterol is and how it is measured . This week let’s talk about what we can do to improve our cholesterol numbers and lower the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Just because we have MS doesn’t mean that we are immune to developing other serious diseases.
In heart disease, there are two types of risk factors — those you can’t change (age, sex, and family history of early onset heart disease) and those you can (smoking, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, being overweight/obesity, physical inactivity, and diabetes- type II). High cholesterol can lead to atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) which can then lead to heart attack or stroke when plaque in the artery breaks loose.
Factors that increase LDL
The three main contributors to high LDL ( low dens...
Generic Name: MULTIVITAMINS (INCLUDES PRENATAL VITAMINS) -
ORAL Therapeutic-M Oral Overdose
Accidental overdose of iron-containing products is a
leading cause of fatal poisoning in children under 6. If overdose is suspected,
contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. US
residents can call the US national poison hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Canadian
residents should call their local poison control center directly. Symptoms of
overdose may include: stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea.
Therapeutic-M Oral Missed Dose
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it
is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual
dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.
Therapeutic-M Oral Notes
If your doctor has prescribed this medication, do not
share it with others.
Laboratory and/or medical tests (e.g., complete blood
count, vitamin B12 levels) may be performed per...
From the FDA Consumer Magazine , March-April 2005 by Carol Rados Few people with arthritis would be willing to stop taking a medication that works, especially when nothing else has. But what if joint pain and stiffness are inevitable if you don't take the medication, yet heart problems could occur if you do? Health officials say that, as with any drug, only you and your doctor can determine the level of risk that is acceptable with medications currently available to treat arthritis. The unsettling news in late 2004 that the popular anti-inflammatory arthritis drugs Vioxx (rofecoxib), Celebrex (celecoxib), and Bextra (valdecoxib) could cause a heart attack or stroke or aggravate high blood pressure has left some patients wondering whether they should keep taking them. Data from clinical trials showed that cyclooxygenase-2 selective agents, better known as COX-2 inhibitors, may be associated with an increased risk of serious cardiovascular problems, especially when used in high dose...
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