Nitro can cause headache. I would keep nitro spray by the bed for nightime use, anyway that is what I do. You might try a nitro patch and see if that works any better.
I worked making dynamite as a young man in my early 20s so I had terrible headaches from the nitro for nearly a week and once my system got used to it, I was fine after that even though I handled the nitro with bear hands. I also used nitro explosives without headaches. I was with a chemist once and we were destroying bad dynamite and he got violently sick from the fumes as it was a hot day with no wind. I didn’t have a problem however because I was used to it.
If you must take time release and you have a problem, just take a half dose or a quarter so you don’t have the headache. I think your system would get used to it in a week or so, like mine did.
It is designed to desolve slowly so that it is absorbed in the linings of the stomach and intestine. If you swallow a regular fast desolving nitro tab under the tongue it takes about a minute to be absorbed and another minute to move through the blood to the heart.
If you have or know of anyone with angina symptoms, encourage them to carry nitro as it can be a life saver and prevent a lot of pain as it generates Nitrogen Oxide to relax the vessels and allow more blood flow. Over time your heart will grow new blood vessels to feed those areas that are blood starved and sometimes you need a little help during that time. You need to have them available all the time.
i have time release nitros (imdur) and taken once daily and swallen whole. getting used to them though is literally a pain.
i get the headache exactly 6 hours after taking it. the first night since i took it late it woke me up and it was hard to get back to sleep. yesterday i took it a 3 and like clockwork at 9 the headache came.
for me it lasts about an hour.
my husband, who has non-ischemic chf, took nitro and it did nothing and left him with headaches.
as for the nitro with the angina, i’ve noticed when i would get the angina pain now i just get sob. i think that’s an improvement sine the angina pain was beginning to totally depress me.
i’ve had stomaches recently and iw as wondering if that’s nitro? i’ve just been on this nitro since thursday so i know little. i go for a cardiac catherization sometime in the near future if the doctor ever calls me to confirm the appoinment for Lennox Hill. i’m in staten island new york, new york and doing a lot of waiting.
Let me tell you, I feel terrible about all of this. I thought I was prepared for this but after 5 months of constant angina I’ve begun to lose hope.
and my blood pressure was high. The nurse called the doctor and he said to give me two nitro tabs and water and to swallow them. I told them I had already taken one to get up the hill and one in the hall, and the doctor came down and told me that if I swallowed them they would release slower into the bloodstream. I trust the doctor as he should know and I swallowed them.
Keep it with you all the time and when you start feeling bad take one and slow down. Anyone with heart problems should have nitro available to them. They will stop pain generally in a few minutes.
If you have high blood pressure they will lower it. If you want them to last longer, then swallow them. If you want fast action put them under your tongue. There are also jell capsules you can get that you bite to release the nitro.
They could save your life, so carry them. They will also improve your quality of life and allow you to do more if you need to. They are safe and cheap with only headache for a side effect that I know of. I can’t go anywhere without it.
When you have a heart attack it is one of the first meds they give you.
A woman with an already high HDL said she’d been drinking a lot of soy milk, especially a kind with more fiber, and her HDL went off the chart. She says its the best thing for removing fats from around the heart. For what its worth, buy soy milk instead of regular milk and drink 3-4 cups a day, worth a try!
Oat Bran is probably the most popular. Followed closely by Psyllium and ground flax seed. Flax seed also has large amounts of Omega 3’s and 6’s. I once read that because Fiber keeps your Intestinal tract clean it helps lower levels of LDL and to some extent triglycerides.
moisten it up and make it palatable. You are right on with the amino acids. I can’t find the two short explainations about Carnitine and Arginine but several grams a day is recommended by two studies that showed they cut heart problems over the long haul.
I think it was on MSN health where I saw it. If I find it I will send it on. I think one study was in Italy and another in one of the Scandanavian countries.
Oat bran is great to drop the cholesterol level and raise the HDL.
I can’t wait to get in get my next lipid panel done so I can see what my numbers are this time.
I dropped mine 100 points last August by just eating right and taking no statins whatsover. Only taking CoQ10, Policosanol, Niacin, Hawthorn, L-Arginine and L-Carnitine… no prescription drugs at all.
But oat meal is super for you in the morning.
Go to the library and get the book a “6 Week Cholesterol Cure” and follow the recommendations there. It was a best seller a few years ago and the evidence presented in the book is great and did well for me. I dropped mine to well below the recommended high level in a month, from 230 to 174 following a hear attack.
You can’t go far wrong with the recommendations in this book.
My husband just went through Angioplasty of three artieries, the placement of two stents on the Right Side three days ago and has a close to 100% block in the main artery on the left (we go for the stress test on friday to find out if the “natural Bypass” is working with the Right side clear). He has thankfully not had a heart attack but got pretty close to it. He was told that he is to have no fat and only fish, until the left side is clear then we can add a little lite chicken. His Cholestoral was 400. Ok he’s is not over weight and he has a low heart rate and blood pressure.
Does any one know where I can find a “real life” and easy to understand diet for this condition? Something that I can go to and say find out if rice cakes unsalted are Ok or what snacks in general are OK and what herb help enhance foods and recipes for a salad dressing and so on. I don’t want him to get bored. He also had his last cigarette just before the procedure, of course he didn’t know that at the time. Thankful he seems to understand that he can’t ever smoke again but I really don’t want his food to become boring. My family has decided for the most part to follow the same guideline so he doesn’t feel left out but as far as a diet post cath I have no idea how to be creative with it.
Sorry I know this is a long post and I hope that it is clear, this is still all so new and although we as a family never ate really poorly big changes still need to be made, so I’m just asking for a little direction.
for heartburn, out of 5 Doctors only 1 wanted to keep him, Thank God. They did a angio. Which when they tried to go up 3 different veins his heart stopped, so the Doctor stopped. Open Heart surgery was in order. They said he had 6 blockages and 2 small veins missing. Only did 4 by pass surgery. Said over 50% of his heart is damaged now. He has had nothing but pain, etc. since then. Went in last week for another angio, as they thought maybe the grafts were not taking. They said they were wonderful.
Still have pain in the neck area now, never before. Not sure what to do, they are going to do a MRI on his neck, they said they might had crushed a disc in his neck on the table during surgery. He says no more Doctors and meds. He does not have high Cholesterol. His is to low. He did not fit the idea of a heart attack, not yet 50, did not smoke, no history all the above. I am confused and stressed over him.
Do i need to take his medical records to someone else and see what they say. Don’t want him to give up. Has a stress full job, but can’t quit as then not sure anyone would insure him. Can someone give me some ideas or help for him and me. Thank you, i did read all the messages told him about the Cayenne. Not sure i have him convinced to try that yet hahaha. will try anything right now.
again Thank you
My test for antibodies was done in Russia. They did a test for all common antibodies and this one popped up but most people sometime in their life will have this bacterial infection and I think I had it in my youth.
There is some saying there is a nano bacteria, others say it is hogwash, but those that believe it have said that only tetracycaline will knock them and you have to prepare them first by softing up the shell they have around them so it is a two step process. I don’t know what to believe on that. But, I suppose it wouldn’t hurt to do the treatment if you don’t take antibiotics often. Check out “N. sanguineum” in a search and see what you think.
Just before my last heart attack, I had been in the hospital for 15 days fighting off a renal infection caused by a virulent strain of E. Coli. Normally, your C-reactive proteins are in a safe range of less than 10, but when fighting infections, can spike over 10,000!
I figure all those days of having a fever of 102 to 105 probably elevated my CRPs long enough to scar my coronary arteries and start forming a clot…in spite of all the Coumadin I was taking!! My doctor is not saying a thing since he did know about CRPs at that time and never tested me!
That is baffling whats going on with your husband – do his doctors have any idea how he ended up in this situation?
I went to cardiac rehab after my heart attack and learned some of the risk factors are: smoking, overweight, stress, lack of exercise, family history. I think there might have been another one, can’t think of it right now. I had all of them.
I have lost 22 lbs since then and just about quit smoking – plus I go to an exercise class 3 or 4 times a week. I also have drastically changed my diet. I do not want it to happen again.
Please keep us posted.
Edith in the Bypass Surgery Recovery Support Group posted this the other day. It is some darn good reading and explains in plain English what it does for the body.
I have been taking it for 8 mos. now, since my MIs and quadruple bypass surgery and feel terrific. I am not taking any prescription drugs at all and this is the foundation to all my supplements.
it is about 150k btu, but don’t take it on an empty stomach. You will find it works better. Birdseye is from Africa and it is about the cheapest you can buy.
I raise habenero which are hotter yet, about 200+ btu in my window and have for years now. They are bell shaped and orange. Sometimes you can find them fresh in the stores as the Mexicans love them. Save a few seed and plant them in your window sill, they can get about 3 ft high at maturity and will bear for years. I have some going on 3 years and still producing well.