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  • Re: A Beta Blocker for Blood Pressure Control?

    Interesting. I've always taken 25 mg once a day, and in the first few years even that small amount was putting me to sleep (at the wheel, etc.) on a regular basis.
    Posted to Staying Healthy (Forum) by kat on Mon, May 3 2010
  • Re: A Beta Blocker for Blood Pressure Control?

    Atenolol has been my most important med for over 18 years. I take it to keep bp low and thus control angina. For years it kept my bp at 98/60, although those numbers have risen slightly over time. Just be careful with driving, etc., until you are sure it isn't going to put you to sleep at the wheel. I had major issues with that for several years
    Posted to Staying Healthy (Forum) by kat on Thu, Apr 29 2010
  • Re: 7 Reasons to eat more saturated fat!

    Agree. It's great to see disparate views, some which I may consider credible, others not. But that's for me to decide. Keep posting -- Everyone!
    Posted to Staying Healthy (Forum) by kat on Thu, Apr 29 2010
  • Re: Coronary CT Angiography - Have you had one?

    Thanks, Ron, Very interesting, especially the need to slow the heart and the strategies for doing it. I wonder whether that's also done during an angiogram. Please let us know the results.
    Posted to Coping with Complications (Forum) by kat on Fri, Mar 12 2010
  • Re: Coronary CT Angiography - Have you had one?

    Ron -- Yes, the catheter is snaked up the femoral artery to the heart. It's kinda cool seeing the inside of your heart on the monitor -- if you must have this sort of procedure. . . .The worst part used to be the hours and hours of having one of the more high-tech cath instruments in place on your groin for hours and hours and hours. Drinking soup
    Posted to Coping with Complications (Forum) by kat on Thu, Mar 4 2010
  • Re: Coronary CT Angiography - Have you had one?

    Don - You win! I've somehow missed the thrill of a catheter through the left wrist, and I don't recall ever having felt heat from the contrast dye -- unless that is the reason the cath lab in my hospital is kept so bloody cold! Do I get any points for having my heart miss a few beats during angiogram #5?
    Posted to Coping with Complications (Forum) by kat on Thu, Mar 4 2010
  • Re: Coronary CT Angiography - Have you had one?

    Ron, What fabulous lipid numbers, especially for the "bad guys"! I did not realize metformin was an issue with the dye used. Thinking back, however, I was not yet on metformin when I developed the dye issue with angiogram #3. When to do something about a blockage is, as you so clearly see, the question. I have resisted surgical intervention
    Posted to Coping with Complications (Forum) by kat on Thu, Mar 4 2010
  • Re: Coronary CT Angiography - Have you had one?

    I had not heard of this procedure previously. My first reaction is that this could provide you with a baseline in much the same way that regular angiograms are compared with previous ones. Having myself had five angiograms (also called cardiac caths), one of the things I would be cautious about is the contrast dye. I have developed an allergy to contrast
    Posted to Coping with Complications (Forum) by kat on Wed, Mar 3 2010
  • Re: fearful of insulin

    Madman, So right you are. I left one word out of my sentence. It should have read, " I believe metformin is generally taken once or twice a day but not necessarily with all meals." Sorry about that
    Posted to Taking Charge of Type 2 (Forum) by kat on Sat, Feb 20 2010
  • Re: fearful of insulin

    I second what others have told you. Eating three meals a day (or even up to six little meals) is far more conducive to good BG control than skipping meals. And forgive me if I'm wrong, but I believe metformin is generally taken once or twice a day but not necessarily with meals. The extended release form tends to cause little or no gastrointestinal
    Posted to Taking Charge of Type 2 (Forum) by kat on Wed, Feb 17 2010
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