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My doctor ordered a cortisol blood test. My level is normal. So why would he order that?
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I am 68 years old. Other than chest pain from angina if I over exert myself, I feel fine. My blood pressure has been running around 145/90. Do I need medicine to lower it?
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My systolic blood pressure is high in the morning (about 165). But in the evening it drops to 100. I take 2 blood pressure medicines daily. Do I need to worry?
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I have a question about the bottom number of my blood pressure reading. If the bottom number is around 40 to 50 for a person who has diabetic kidney disease, what does this mean?
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How safe are ACE inhibitors? Could they cause long-term side-effects?
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I’m 60 years old. My blood pressure is around 130/80. In the past, I have always been told I have normal blood pressure. Now my doctor says I have “pre-hypertension.” What’s it mean? Do I need treatment?
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I recently had an attack of gout. Now my doctor wants me to take drugs for my cholesterol and blood pressure. She says it raises my risk of heart attack. Please explain.
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My doctor prescribed lisinopril for me because I have diabetes, even though my blood pressure has always been normal. My blood sugar came down to normal on pills. Do I really need another medicine?
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I am taking furosemide (Lasix) once a day. I was told to also take potassium pills, but I don’t like pills. Can I replace the potassium pill with foods high in potassium?
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My last two blood pressure readings were over 150/95. My doctor plans to recheck it in 2 weeks. But I will likely need to go on medicine to lower it. How does a doctor choose what drug to start?
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