There are some things we ALL know we should NEVER do.
You NEVER stick your hand in the lion cage at the zoo…
You NEVER step out into a busy highway…
Ad you NEVER stand between a politician and a microphone.
If you’re a doctor, you’re SUPPOSED to know to NEVER give certain drugs to heart failure patients…
Because some common meds can WORSEN the condition.
Given that within five years, 50% of people diagnosed with heart failure are pushing up daisies… these aren’t little oopsies.
These errors could be DEADLY.
But a staggering new study reveals how it happens anyway -- and all the time.
Here’s the URGENT warning you and your loved ones need to be aware of… ASAP!
Your doc’s BIGGEST mistake?
It’s right in the basic guidelines – a list of medications KNOWN to make heart failure worse.
I’m talking about…
- NSAID pain relievers, such as ibuprofen
- metformin, a blood sugar-lowering drug for diabetes
- diltiazem, a calcium channel blocker for hypertension
- albuterol, a bronchodilator used for COPD
- and more.
Patients already ON the meds should be taken off them as soon they’re diagnosed with heart failure.
And patients who already HAVE heart failure should NEVER be given the drugs in the first place!
Yet the new study finds that 49% of patients hospitalized with heart failure are either already on the drugs when they’re admitted…
Or, worse yet, they’re given the drugs while inside.
In some cases, sharp-eyed docs spot the mistake.
Whether they were on the drugs before they came in… or given the drugs after admission to the hospital… 17% were taken OFF them or had them reduced during their stays.
But hold your applause.
Not only is that number FAR too small…
The study found the opposite also happens -- in 12% of patients, the use of these dangerous drugs actually INCREASED.
Yet these clowns have the nerve to call those of us in natural medicine quacks???
I know you’ve got PLENTY on your mind already. The last thing in the world you need is one more thing to worry about, especially when you’re in a hospital.
But given the reality… given the number of mainstream docs clearly asleep at the switch…
You’re going to need to double check your meds.
If you already have heart failure and know it, check your medicine chest NOW for anything that matches the list.
And if you’ve NEVER been diagnosed with heart failure… but get that news in a hospital after a big scare… you’ve got to check your meds in two different ways.
First check the meds you’re ON… and then check the meds you’re GIVEN while there.
Use Google for a complete list…
Or have a one-on-one with a pharmacist who can go over each drug with you and sort out what’s what.
As always, don’t quit on your own… but speak to your doctor as soon as possible.
In Your Corner,
Dr. Allan Spreen