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|
|Date:||Jan 1, 2011|
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