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Some Blood Pressure Drugs May Be Risky for Certain Surgery Patients

Posted 5 days ago by

MONDAY, Oct. 5, 2015 – Some people on blood pressure drugs called beta blockers may face heightened risks of heart complications during non-cardiac surgeries, a new, large study suggests. The research involved over 55,000 surgery patients who were on various drugs to treat high blood pressure. The investigators found that those on beta blockers had a higher risk of heart attack, stroke or related death, compared to patients on other medications. Overall, 1.3 percent suffered one of those complications within 30 days of surgery, compared with 0.8 percent of patients on other blood pressure drugs. It's not certain that beta blockers, themselves, are to blame, said lead researcher Dr. Mads Jorgensen, of the University of Copenhagen, in Denmark. And, he stressed, the study included only people with "uncomplicated" high blood pressure – and not those with heart problems. Heart patients ... Read more

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Health Tip: Things That Affect Your Heart Rate

Posted 11 days ago by

-- Knowing your heart rate (pulse) can help keep tabs on your physical fitness, even if you're not an athlete. The American Heart Association says factors that may influence heart rate include: High temperatures and humidity, which can increase heart rate. The position of your body during the first 20 seconds after standing up. Strong emotions. Obesity. Medications. For example, beta blockers commonly taken by cardiac patients may decrease heart rate, while thyroid medications may increase it. Read more

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Study: Lowering Beta-Blocker Dose May Boost Survival After Heart Attack

Posted 19 days ago by

MONDAY, Sept. 21, 2015 – People treated with low-dose beta blockers after a heart attack may fare better than those given the standard dose of this commonly prescribed medication, a new study suggests. Heart attack patients given just one-fourth of the dosage used in clinical trials lived just as long as patients on a higher dose, according to researchers at Northwestern University in Chicago. And in some cases, those on a low dose lived even longer, with a 20 percent to 25 percent increase in survival. To maximize effectiveness, beta-blocker dosage should probably be personalized for individual patients, the study authors advised. "We set out on a mission to show if you treat patients with the doses that were used in the clinical trials, they will do better. We expected to see patients treated with the lower doses to have worse survival," lead investigator Dr. Jeffrey Goldberger said ... Read more

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Routine Heart Care Similar From Nurse Practitioners, Doctors: Study

Posted 1 May 2015 by

FRIDAY, May 1, 2015, – Many patients with chronic heart disease will receive the same quality of care from a nurse practitioner or physician assistant as they would from a doctor, a new study suggests. That's good news because the recent expansion of U.S. health coverage has many public health experts warning of a future with too few doctors for the patients on hand. "With the passage of the Affordable Care Act, we are looking at 34 million new patients entering the system with new coverage by 2016," said study lead author Dr. Salim Virani, an investigator with the Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Houston. "The estimates are that by 2020 we will have a shortfall of 45,000 primary care doctors and 45,000 specialists, rising to 130,000 doctors by 2025." This begs the question, he said, as to how the short-handed health care system will handle this influx of patients. Shortages of ... Read more

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Blood Pressure Meds Lower Heart, Stroke Risks in Diabetics: Analysis

Posted 10 Feb 2015 by

TUESDAY, Feb. 10, 2015 – A new analysis shows that people with type 2 diabetes are less likely to suffer heart attacks, strokes or die early when they take blood pressure medications – even if they don't actually have high blood pressure. "Stroke, heart attack and other circulatory diseases are the biggest cause of premature death and disability in people with diabetes," said review author Dr. Kazem Rahimi, deputy director with the George Institute for Global Health at the University of Oxford in England. "Any intervention that safely reduces the risk, even if modestly, will have an important effect." According to the American Diabetes Association, an estimated two-thirds of people with diabetes have high blood pressure or take blood pressure medication. Diabetics tend to have higher blood pressure than other people, Rahimi said, and this can lead to health problems. It's clear that ... Read more

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Arbor Pharmaceuticals Announces FDA Approval of Sotylize

Posted 24 Oct 2014 by

Atlanta, GA — October 23,2014 – Arbor Pharmaceuticals announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved its New Drug Application (NDA) for Sotylize (sotalol hydrochloride) oral solution. Sotylize is the first and only sotalol oral solution indicated for the treatment of documented life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias and the maintenance of normal sinus rhythm in patients with history of highly symptomatic atrial fibrillation/flutter. Prior to the approval of Sotylize, sotalol was only available in tablet form. The tablet form of the product is commonly compounded by pharmacists into a liquid suspension using simple syrup for pediatric and elderly patients who cannot swallow pills. It is such a common practice that the FDA changed the tablet labeling to include instructions for pharmacists on how to compound a simple syrup based sotalol suspension. Ed S ... Read more

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Health Tip: When Food and Drugs Interact

Posted 27 Feb 2014 by

-- When food and drinks interact with medication, the medication may not work sufficiently or the drug can become too powerful as the body has trouble handling it properly. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics mentions these common examples of food and drug interaction: Grapefruit juice interacts with several drugs and may affect the way the body metabolizes medication. Drugs that may interact with grapefruit juice include: some statins, antihistamines, thyroid medications, blood pressure medications, birth control pills, cough suppressants and medications that block stomach acids. Blood-thinning medications can interact with leafy green vegetables, affecting the blood's clotting ability. Natural black licorice may interact with certain blood pressure medications and blood-thinning medications. Salt substitutes can interact with ACE inhibitors and digoxin. Tyramine (found in foods ... Read more

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Common Heart Meds May Boost Recovery From Non-Cardiac Surgeries

Posted 23 Apr 2013 by

TUESDAY, April 23 – Standard heart drugs called beta blockers may reduce the risk of death and heart problems when taken before and after surgery that does not focus on the heart, a large new study suggests. Beta blockers are a type of drug used to lower blood pressure and prevent abnormal heart rhythms. These properties may well account for the drugs' benefit for patients at risk for cardiac problems with surgery, the researchers said. Patients in the study had undergone one of several types of non-heart surgery: general, vascular, orthopedic, neurosurgery, chest, ear/nose/throat and urologic. "Beta blockers appear to reduce the risk of dying or having a heart attack or cardiac arrest 30 days after surgery," said lead researcher Dr. Martin London, of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center and University of California, San Francisco. The possible protective effect of ... Read more

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Common Heart Drug Might Improve Lung Cancer Survival

Posted 9 Jan 2013 by

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 9 – New research suggests that beta blockers, medications that are used to control blood pressure and heart rhythms, may also help lung cancer patients live longer. The researchers found that patients with non-small-cell lung cancer being treated with radiation lived 22 percent longer if they were also taking these drugs. "These findings were the first, to our knowledge, demonstrating a survival benefit associated with the use of beta blockers and radiation therapy for lung cancer," said lead researcher Dr. Daniel Gomez, an assistant professor in the department of radiation oncology at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. "The results imply that there may be another mechanism, largely unexplored, that could potentially reduce the rates of tumor spread in patients with this very aggressive disease," he added. The report was published Jan. 9 in ... Read more

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U.S. Task Force Issues Blood Pressure Guidelines

Posted 15 May 2012 by

TUESDAY, May 15 – "Team-based care" should be used to improve patients' blood pressure control, the U.S. Task Force on Community Preventive Services recommended on Tuesday. The recommendation is based on a review of 77 studies that showed improvements in patients' control of blood pressure when they received care from a team of health professionals – a primary care doctor supported by a pharmacist, nurse, dietitian, social worker, or community health worker – rather than a primary care doctor alone. The task force found that team-based care increased the percentage of patients with controlled blood pressure, led to a decrease in both systolic (top number) and diastolic (bottom number) blood pressure, and improved results in patients with diabetes and elevated levels of blood fats. Team members assist primary care doctors by providing support and sharing responsibility for high blood ... Read more

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Common Blood Pressure Drugs May Not Cut Colon Cancer Risk

Posted 14 May 2012 by

MONDAY, May 14 – Widely used blood pressure medications called beta blockers do not cut a person's odds of developing colon cancer, a new study contends. Beta blockers, which include drugs such as metoprolol, carvedilol, propranolol and atenolol, are commonly prescribed to older adults for high blood pressure and heart conditions. Prior research has also linked use of the drugs to a decreased risk of cancer. This theory is based on animal and laboratory studies that found that the stress hormone norepinephrine can promote the growth and spread of cancer cells. Beta blockers inhibit this hormone's action. "One of the holy grails in the war on cancer is preventing angiogenesis, which is the growth of new blood vessels to feed tumor cells," explained Dr. David Robbins, associate chief of the Center for Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. "Some ... Read more

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Treating Prehypertension Lowers Stroke Risk: Study

Posted 8 Dec 2011 by

THURSDAY, Dec. 8 – A new study found that the risk of stroke dropped about 22 percent in people with prehypertension who took drugs that lower blood pressure. These people didn't yet have high blood pressure, but they still benefited from taking the medications, although there was no significant reduction in the rate of heart attacks for people taking antihypertensives. "We know that blood pressure and stroke are closely related, and high blood pressure is an extremely high risk factor for stroke. If we could reduce blood pressure, we thought we could reduce the risk of stroke," said lead researcher Dr. Ilke Sipahi, an assistant professor of medicine at Case Western Reserve University's Harrington-McLaughlin Heart and Vascular Institute and University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland. "We found a highly statistically significant 22 percent risk reduction in stroke with any ... Read more

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New Guidelines Issued for Common Tremor Disorder

Posted 19 Oct 2011 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 19 – An antiseizure drug called primidone (Mysoline) and a high blood pressure drug called propranolol (Inderal) are the most effective medicines to treat shaking in people with essential tremor, according to an updated treatment guideline from the American Academy of Neurology. Essential tremor, which affects about 10 million people in the United States, is the most common type of tremor disorder and is often mistaken with other movement disorders such as Parkinson's disease. The condition usually starts after age 40 and affects the hands, head and voice. It can cause difficulties with daily activities such as eating, writing, shaving and sewing. Along with primidone and propranolol, other helpful medicines include the antiseizure drugs gabapentin (Fanatrex, Neurontin) and topiramate (Topamax), the high blood pressure drugs atenolol (Tenormin) and sotalol (Betapace, ... Read more

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Accidental Medication Poisonings in Kids on the Rise

Posted 16 Sep 2011 by

FRIDAY, Sept. 16 – Despite ongoing prevention efforts, a growing number of young children are being accidentally poisoned with medications, according to new research. The study, which was based on data reported to the American Association of Poison Control Centers between 2001 and 2008, found that medication poisoning among children aged 5 and under increased by 22 percent, although the number of children in the United States in this age group rose by only 8 percent during the study period. "The problem of pediatric poisoning in the U.S. is getting worse, not better," Dr. Randall Bond, of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, said in a hospital news release. In conducting the study, which is scheduled for publication in the Journal of Pediatrics, the researchers reviewed information on over 544,000 children who landed in the emergency department due to medication poisoning ... Read more

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Widely Used Heart Drugs Linked to Better Breast Cancer Outcomes

Posted 1 Jun 2011 by

WEDNESDAY, June 1 – Beta blockers – safe, inexpensive drugs that have been used for decades by millions of people – may eventually have a role in fighting breast cancer, according to two new studies. One study suggests that women who are already taking beta blockers to lower blood pressure tend to be diagnosed with breast cancer at an earlier stage of the disease and to have better survival odds. The second study finds that women who took a beta blocker while undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer had a lower risk of recurrence. Both studies, whose authors declared no conflicts of interest, were released online May 31 in advance of publication in an upcoming print issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology. While the idea of dispensing a cheap drug with a good safety profile to women to combat breast cancer is enticing, these findings are hardly enough to recommend prescribing beta ... Read more

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