The daily aspirin recommendation so many doctors still cling onto is starting to grind me down a little… actually a lot. As is the case with so many over-the-counter and prescription drugs, the mainstream just doesn’t seem to get the message. They still sing the old tune of ‘it’s gentle, it’s safe, it can’t do [...]
High Blood Pressure
If you’re one of the millions of patients with high blood pressure or abnormal heart rhythm (atrial fibrillation), then it’s time to be on high alert. That’s because you’re a prime candidate for a drug which is a strong contender to be added to the list above.
The drug is Multaq. And this familiar phrase perfectly defines the problem: “It does more harm than good.”
“Multaq doubles the rate of cardiovascular death, stroke, and heart failure” in patients with permanent atrial fibrillation (AF).
Earlier this year, a study of 8,300 people with high blood pressure, who did not respond to their medication, found that 37 per cent of these patients actually did not have high blood pressure at all!
It turns out that you could be your own worst enemy as soon as you walk into the doctor’s surgery. According to the results of the study, published in the journal Hypertension, the ‘white-coat-effect’ was behind many diagnoses of high blood pressure. Meaning that instead of having high blood pressure, you may have been wrongly diagnosed simply because you were nervous while your blood pressure was taken.
Close your eyes and think of a spoon.