Ace Inhibitor medication

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Sonni
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   Posted 8/22/2006 5:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Re: Ace Inhibitors med.  I am already taking 100 mg. Metoprolol also 25mg. water pill per day now and which i have been taking for 7 years now. I also have had my meds increased with an ace inhibitor 2.5mg to help bring my BP to a lower reading. Does anyone know is this ace inhibitor a common med as i am new to this pill!

DREAMGIRL
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   Posted 8/23/2006 5:08 PM (GMT -7)   
:-)  Hi Sonni, boy you are on a pretty potent amount of metroplol.  i am surprised that is not doing the job to keep your bp down.  i take 2.5 mg of lisinopril which is an ace inhibitor and have been on it for almost two years, so far i am okay.  i increased it to 5mg about 2 months ago and developed a dry nagging cough, so went off for a week and now am back doing okay on the lower dose. if that is what you have been given, 22.5 is a very low dose,lowest. i do not have high blood pressure, they just want me to get the extra protection. an ace inhibitor dialates your arteries so blood can pass through more easily

DREAMGIRL
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   Posted 8/23/2006 5:10 PM (GMT -7)   
:-)  p.s. lisinopril has been around a long time it is the first round of meds drs. prescribe when you get stents put in.

Sonni
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   Posted 8/24/2006 5:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Dreamgirl for your information but i think specialist has given me this altace as she wants me to have angiogram scheduled due to the cardiolite test showing something she is not sure of. My family doc wants me to have second opinion with other specialist not sure what's going on! So i am going next week to  see this other cardiologist to see if he thinks necessary to have angiogram or not.  Yea i feel i am being overmedicated?? Don't know what the long side effects are taking all this. Though my mother has heart disease and now 89 but taking around 8-10 pills each day. So makes one wonder!

DREAMGIRL
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   Posted 8/24/2006 9:04 PM (GMT -7)   
:-)  sonni please keep me posted on what happens from here. i know that cardiolite test sometimes gives a flase positive for problems, it happened to me once. altace is the same as my lisinopril i think just a different manufacturer. keep me posted i will be watching.

Sonni
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   Posted 8/31/2006 4:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Saw 2nd  cardiologist today for second opinion re having angiogram. He feels I should have it done to see if there is any blockage. I am also having a B/P 24 hour monitor next Tuesday. Some Drug company is looking for patients with fluctuating readings and my doc said i was a good candidate so should go for it especially since there is no charge being a survey. I am still a bit queasy about having the angiogram done but i guess it will show if there is any blockage or not and if so they can do angioplasty if needed.  This is all new to me all this  but at least nowadays medical  technology is farther advanced and problems can be prevented though i suppose on how far advanced the problem is! Any advice would be appreciated.

ConnieS
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   Posted 9/1/2006 10:04 AM (GMT -7)   
It sounds like you are getting the "standard of care" in terms of cardiolite test, then angiogram only if necessary. There are serious risks to the angiogram, but in the hands of a good cardiologist you will be fine. The test itself is not painful; you will be sedated but awake. The hardest part is lying flat on your back for 6 hours (or however long you require before they are certain you won't bleed from your femoral artery, where they insert the catheter). I've had 2 of them in two years...

I know how you feel about too many meds, but do your research and make the decision that is right for you based upon your doctor's advice and any side effects you have. I've decided that I'm not willing to risk a heart attack just because I don't like to take meds, and am following my doctor's advice and taking the meds.
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