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Cortisone injections and cardiovascular risk.

Q: I have high blood pressure and two heart stents. Are there any health risks in getting cortisone injections twice yearly to ease pain in my back and legs from spinal stenosis?

A: Small amounts of cortisone injected into a confined space twice a year should have little effect on the rest of your body. As a result, it should not elevate your blood pressure, increase your blood sugar, or affect platelets; therefore, it should not have a long-term cardiac health risk.

Douglas P. Zipes, M.D., an internationally acclaimed cardiologist, professor, author, and inventor, is an authority on pacing and electrophysiology (rhythms of the heart).

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Title Annotation:Ask Dr. Zipes: A noted cardiologist answers your questions.
Author:Zipes, Douglas P.
Publication:Saturday Evening Post
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 1, 2011
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