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HEART HEALTH: Can blood pressure medications cause weight gain?


From medications, to man's best friend, viewers have a lot of questions about the health of their hearts.

Matt Breen asked, "Don from Sioux City asks: 'Can Lipitor or blood pressure meds cause weight gain?'" Dr. Ramin Artang, Mercy Cardiology says, "The answer is complicated. As you know Lipitor is a drug for lowering cholesterol and blood pressure medication are for lowering your blood pressure. We also know that weight gain is not a good thing. So these drugs wouldn't be approved by the authorities if they caused weight gain in everyone who took them. Before a drug hits the market it is usually examined on 10s of thousands of patients. There are always people who responds differently from the usual expectation. The answer is yes in rare occasions, any drug can cause any side effect. We usually have a table of what typical side effect is for this or other drug. Weight gain is not a usual side effect of Lipitor or blood pressure medication, but if my patient comes back in the office and says doc I have gained 10 lbs since I started on this medication I will look into the causes and if the only change for the patient was he was started in this particular drug then I will stop it and try something else."

Matt Breen asked, "Natascha from Sioux City asks: 'can owning a dog improve your heart health?'" Dr. Ramin Artang, Mercy Cardiology says, "The answer is yes. There are studies that show dog owners if they walk with their dogs walk in average more miles per week as compared to non dog owners. There are two issues in play, one is physical activity. The other one is the emotional support and bonding that occurs between the person and his dog that contributes to the sense of well being and in that way effects your heart health."

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