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Stroke or Medication Side Effect?

November 28, 2017 at 2:55pm

Can amitriptyline cause stroke or stroke symptoms?

I was recently put on amitriptyline for throat spasms. My spasms were severe in my neck and throat area. But amitriptyline has given me terrible side effects - I thought I was having a stroke. I had to go on blood pressure medicine because amitriptyline gave me high blood pressure.

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Atrial Fibrillation

October 25, 2013 at 10:55am

When you are in a-fib, is it hurting your heart? I know it can cause a stroke, but what else is it doing to my body?

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Heart Disease in Women

September 19, 2013 at 1:28pm

What are the signs and symptoms of heart disease in women?

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Lowering LDL Cholesterol

July 17, 2013 at 10:20am

I recently read a newsletter that featured a section on lowering one’s LDL and it recommended the use of statins. However, and given this is a newsletter specifically focused on women’s health, it has been my understanding that there has been no good research results to date linking the use of statins to lower LDL in women and the prevention of heart disease.

I have had high LDL since my early 30s, and despite the fact that I eat almost no saturated fat and I exercise frequently and rigorously, it has not gone down. I did go on a statin for a while, but felt some muscle weakness, which I did not want to tolerate, as I felt it was interfering with my workouts. Because of my concern and because I could find no good evidence for the use of statins in women, I discontinued its use.

I would love to hear your opinion and that of other medical professionals from the Center for Women’s Health on this issue. Thank you.

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Sodium Intake

March 25, 2013 at 1:44pm

I am diabetic and am diagnosed with high blood pressure. What is the recommended amount of salt per meal or daily?

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September 14, 2012 at 3:14pm

How can I lower my triglycerides? I exercise at least 60 – 70 minutes a week on an elliptical at a level of 13. I eat fish twice a week and take a fish oil supplement as well.

I do not eat beef and eat very little other meat. And I eat pumpkin seed daily on my lunch salad. I need help!

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Do women and men have different heart attack symptoms?

March 8, 2012 at 10:31am

Do symptoms differ in women suffering a heart attack then men?

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