Are You a Ticking Time Bomb?

Despite over 100 antihypertensive drugs that have been approved as being safe and effective, the sad fact is that we have not been very successful in controlling hypertension.A survey published in the British Medical Journal in June found that 97 percent of patients taking antihypertensive medications had suffered from significant side effects at some time and 17 percent continued to do so! Four out of five patients had serious concerns about side effects they had not been informed of, possible long-term dangers, and wondered if they still needed drugs or could use other approaches.


You may want to be on alert if you regularly ingest the following heart medications/cholesterol-lowering medications:


  1. Lisinopril (Prenivil, Zestril):This drug is prescribed for high blood pressure and heart failure and has the side-effects of impaired taste, a decreased interest in sex, swelling, allergic reactions, causing swelling of the face, mouth, throat, and tongue, kidney failure, increased risk of infection, birth defects, cramps, nausea, and fatigue.
  2. Metoprolol tartrate (Lopressor):This high blood pressure drug can cause tiredness, dizziness, short-term memory loss, insomnia, shortness of breath, congestive heart failure, wheezing, diarrhea, constipation, flatulence, heartburn, hepatitis, jaundice, rash, psoriasis, blurred vision, ringing in the ears, hair loss, and respiratory distress.
  3. Metoprolol succinate (Toprol):This blood pressure medication can cause chest pain, pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest, fainting, feeling short of breath, even with mild exertion, swelling of your hands or feet, nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes); easy bruising, unusual bleeding (nose, mouth, vagina, or rectum), purple or red pinpoint spots under your skin; wheezing, depression, confusion, memory problems, hallucinations, dry mouth, constipation, heartburn, vomiting, diarrhea; decreased sex drive, impotence, or difficulty having an orgasm; headache, drowsiness, tired feeling; sleep problems (insomnia); or anxiety, nervousness!
  4. Amlodipine besylate (Norvasc):This is a calcium channel blocker which can cause feelings like you might pass out; swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet; pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest; or chest pain or heavy feeling, pain spreading to the arm or shoulder, nausea, sweating, general ill feeling. Less serious side effects may include: headache; dizziness, drowsiness; tired feeling; stomach pain; or flushing (warmth, redness, or tingly feeling).
  5. Atenolol:This high blood pressure medication can cause slow or uneven heartbeats; feeling light-headed, fainting; feeling short of breath, even with mild exertion; swelling of your ankles or feet; nausea, stomach pain, low fever, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of theskin or eyes) & depression.
  6. HCTZ(hydrochlorothiazide):Used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) and edema: thiazides have been shown to regularly produce muscle potassium and magnesium depletion that leads to cardiac arrhythmias, muscle weakness, electrocardiographic changes and thence to fatal cardiovascular complications.
  7. Simvastatin (Zocor), including Lipitor (atorvastatin) & Crestor:This class of Cholesterol lowering drugs have been linked to an array of devastating side effects, including muscle pain and weakness, muscle atrophy, rhabdomyolysis, increased plaque deposits, increased cancer risk, immune system suppression, decreased liver function, CoQ10 depletion, and death.

*If you’re currently taking any of the above medications, you MUST ask yourself, “Is there a better and safer way to get and keep my heart strong and healthy?”

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*Would you like to learn how to find the cause of your heart/high blood pressure symptoms? Learning Elevation Health core strategies for heart health @ our next workshop (9/17) is a great place to start.


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