Discussions that mention potassium

High & Low Blood Pressure board

Hi Fam, :)

I am well aware of the potential problems the cholesterol drugs can cause. I receive a regular statin newsletter, where one can read contributions submitted by people who have been profoundly and permanently affected by this drug. While it is true that it can help save lives, it can also ruin them.

After experiencing several episodes of neurological problems with my legs last year, I stopped taking my cholesterol medication. My nephrologist insisted I go back on this drug, regardless of the side effects. Reluctantly, I did. I have been having problems with my right calf for about a year now. When the pain in my calf got really bad recently, I went off the drug for about six weeks. My recent labs showed my cholesterol levels to be less than ideal. I am back on the statin, hoping to improve them. It seems that one can't win. :( Compared to living with the aftermath of a major stroke, a pain here or there does not seem too bad.

Interestingly, when it comes to antihypertensives, several, such as the CCBs and beta blockers, have been shown to decrease the risk of cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's. Apparently, they have certain protective qualities.

An uncontrolled hypertension puts people at a greater risk of a short term memory loss, and affects the verbal ability. There is speculation that high blood pressure worsens the effects of age on the brain, making it more difficult to quickly retrieve information, such as words. For some people with high blood pressure, there is also the risk of vascular dementia. In one study, Propranolol hydrochloride was shown to cause a verbal memory impairment. In another study of 3, 300 elderly people in Utah, half of which were taking an antihypertensive medication, those taking potassium-sparing diuretics had the lowest incidence of Alzheimer's. The higher blood levels of potassium were thought to be responsible for this. Insufficient potassium in the system promotes oxidative stress, vasoconstriction, inflammation and a platelet aggregation. These are all known to contribute to Alzheimer's.

With any luck, the antihypertensive drugs we take will help us prevent strokes and heart attacks. As an added benefit, they will also help us retain our memory longer. :) :) :)