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Ask the Cardiologist about Medication Adjustment

Lynne Seacord, MD, Washington University cardiologist at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital shares this story.

Medication adjustment gets a 90-year-old heart patient tap dancing again.

I had a 90-year-old lady come in and her chief complaint was that she couldn’t tap dance anymore. We figured out why, got her medicines adjusted and she went back to her tap dance class. She can do one dance at a time, and I thought that was a pretty darn good achievement.

What are the possible side effects from blood pressure medications?

Blood pressure medication may produce side effects such as headaches, nausea, weakness, insomnia, fatigue or sexual problems.

What should I do if experience side effects from my medicine?

Tell your doctor exactly what side effects you are having and ask your doctor about changing or modifying your prescription. To benefit from your medication, follow these guidelines:
  • Take all your medication as prescribed. Be sure you know whether it should be taken with food or on an empty stomach.
  • Take your pills at the same time each day. Consider putting a check mark on your calendar after you've taken them.
  • Consider using a weekly pill box organizer or pill organizer that has an alarm to remind you to take your medicine.
  • Never skip a day or decide not to take your pills because you have side effects or don't feel your blood pressure is high. Remember: high blood pressure has no outward symptoms.
  • Refill your prescription before it runs out.
  • Take the proper amount of medication each day. Don't adjust your dosage without your doctor's approval.
  • Don't stop taking your medication because your blood pressure tests normal. It's testing normal because you're taking the medication.
  • Don't skip appointments to have your blood pressure checked.
Dr. Seacord is a Washington University cardiologist with the Heart & Vascular Center who diagnoses and treats diseases of the heart and blood vessels.
She specializes in:
  • Cardiac care
  • Heart disease
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Heart rhythm problems (arrhythmia)
  • Heart disease prevention

Insurance Plans Accepted by Dr. Seacord,
Click here for more information about Dr. Seacord, including insurance plans accepted, education and hospital affiliations.

To make an appointment with Dr. Seacord, call 314.362.1291

Office location
1020 North Mason Road, Suite 100
Medical Office Building 3
on the campus of Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital
Creve Coeur, Missouri 63141

Lynne Seacord, MD, Washington University Cardiologist
at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital
 
1020 North Mason Road, Suite 100
Medical Office Building 3
Creve Coeur, Missouri 63141
314.362.1291

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