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 Chest Pain?
I've been having a fairly persistent pain in the left side of my chest for almost 24 hours now. Anti-acids don't help and an e.k.c. and blood work done earlier today turned out negative. I...

 Stroke question?
Can strokes be genetic?...

 Surviving Heart Attack?
How long one may survive after first heart attack and treatment?...

 Is there any alternative to by-pass surgery ?
My father had heart attack 6 days back. Angiography report shows 4 clots in which 2 are 100 and 99%. The heart is affected by 30% supply only. No history of diabetic/blood perssure etc. Now patient ...

 Heart palp/shortness breath... Should I have an echocardiogram?
I have had mild heart palpitations and slight shortness of breath over the past few years. It was finally bothering me so much that I went to a doctor and had an ECG and 24 Holter Monitor. Both ...

 Medicated, my bp is normally 130/75 to 140/63. Today it spiked to 198/105. Should I go to the ER?
I just began to take lasix this morning....

 Heart randomly quickens and you can see it beaten?
Im writing for my brother here. One day he returned from his aunties, and sat on the computer for three hours. He turns it off, walks into his bedroom, gets changed, brushes his teeth, lies in bed, ...

 Should I be scared to take Zocor after reading the side effects?

I mean seriously.....I don't know which is worse....getting heart disease from NOT taking it...or risking having liver failure or ...

 Why soft drinks are not recommendable to heart patients?

 I think I have Heart failure, Should I go 2 the doctor?
I have chest pains on & off, or sometimes during nights the chest pains will occur and I can't go to sleep. During rough exercise like running and high impact aerobics the chest pains will ...

 A 65 year old man wants to keep his heart healthy. what should he do?

 Can havng the flu increase your heart rate?
ive got flu i was taking beta blockers 4 a fast heart rate,but am just coming off of them and now only take them every other day. .. ive just come down with the flu and my heart rate has got a lot ...

 I will feel my heart give one good strong pound in my chest. It kind of feels like it skips. No ins. Any ideas
Normally we don’t notice are heart beating. But with me all the sudden it gives one hard kick that I feel in my chest and then beets normal again. This happens up to 150 times a day and sometimes ...

 What is the difference between blood pressure and heart rate?
And also, how do they effect each other?
Thanks for th help!!!!!...

 What happens to people with congestive heart failure? Can you recover from sucha disease?

 Chest Pain?
I would like to ask a question about some symptoms I've been having......
Around 10 a.m I had a dull burn in the middle of my left chest. It started off, just uncomfortable pain....

 Need good travel insurance for my wife who has heart condition?
she has cardio myopathy (recovering from successful operation 15mths ...

 Please help??????
I found out a couple years ago that i have a heart murmur. I haven't been to the doctor for it since i was about 11.. and i'm now 15. Latey i've been feeling out of breath and dizzy, ...

 Ihave very high chlestroll[331]i do not have bloked arteries .but i need to get on a good diet to lower it wha
what type diet do i need. anyone out there have the same ...

 How long does it take someone to die who has a dilated heart?
My dad died in his sleep...here is the specs:

Male, 53 y/o, one beer aday, maybe two cigs a day at work, construction worker, played with grandkids, watched TV, worked on cars, ate typical ...

Does anyone know why I'm not allowed to donate blood?
I'm nitrate dependant, and have been deferred from donating blood. I'm just curious as to why a person on nitro cannot donate. I was told that I'd have to go 3 months without nitro to have the deferral removed from my medical file.

you should have asked they why when they refused you

Apparao V
most of us do not have any idea about it,but it is some thing we must know about it. we will consulate some doctors and inform you , thanks for informative question

people on any type of drug cannot donate. i myself cannot donate for a similar reason. it has to do with whether the patient's body would accept the blood with that drug in it. it also has to do with allergies.

bec the one u will donate can die
simple so y ........

Eileen J
I am sorry I really don't know,,,but I wanted to THANK YOU for at least trying,,,,,,I admire anyone that is a donor...I used to be but I have to get my iron levels up to do it now..
GOOD LUCK for finding an answer...THANKS FOR THINKING OF OTHERS IN NEED...Hope you will be able to soon,,,,THEY NEED BLOOD and more people like you to help out others..

I believe it has to do with storage life of donated blood- nitrogen compounds can cause the blood to deteriorate faster.

Kitten S
Well because the meds are in your blood, and could cause harm to someone who receives it. This is true for almost every medication. They don't have the resources to segregate blood by medications that the donor was taking, so they have to deny you to opportunity to protect the recipients.

Hot Betty J
Nitro is not good for everybody. It is a helper for you but may cause serious harm to others without your condition. BUt kudos for wanting to donate!!!!

If you are on any kind of medication you are automatically barred from donating blood. The reason they give is that the medication can have adverse effects on the quality of the blood, also the fact that you are on medication in particular nitrates means that you are not healthy enough to give blood.

While donating blood is a noble and admirable thing, it is to everyone's benefit that both the donor and the recipient will not be harmed while a transfusion is being made.

The Squirrel Cage
Your Nitro in your blood can affect a ill person, causing them serious complications.

does nitrate thin the blood? Ive had to stop donating because i am on aspirin

While yes, it's true that they try to regulate and keep out as many drugs as possible from donated blood, there was actually a study released recently that has to do a lot with your particular situation. Blood needs nitrates to be able to deliver oxygen to the tissues. Without it, the red blood cells can't release the oxygen, so tissues die. When blood is taken, the amount of nitrates immediately start to go down.... which is one reason for the shelf life of donated blood. If you're on medication for this, then your blood would probably have more issues keeping the correct amounts in and the recipient would have problems from the transfusion. That's why you're on the deferred list.

Don't' feel bad about it.... at least it's not because you're part of a military family and living overseas!

boris t
I think that certain blood contaminants would make the blood destructive to another person in need of blood
Or, Loosing blood can be dangerous to a person who has certain conditions.

amazingly intelligent
How nice of you to want to "give the gift of life" to others. However, people needing blood are already in medical trouble. Either do to emergency or disease. They don't need to have blood infused that contains chemicals to treat someone with a medical crisis themselves. Just makes sense, doesn't it?

There are a lot of medications that affect the quality of blood. I have not got a whole list of them here.

Nitro is one of the things that cannot be screened out of the blood.

We wouldn't want anyone elses problems injected into our bods when we are at risk.

So be patient. You may and may not be able to donate again. Just take your meds as prescribed and have a good healthy life!!

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