When people develop heart disease and get a prescription for the first time, they hope to take the medication for a short while and treat the disease. But heart disease is chronic so heart patients are generally shocked to learn that they have to take medication for the rest of their lives. The medicines do not heal the disease but they just reduce symptoms (such as chest pain, breathlessness etc.) by artificially blocking some critical processes in the body.

Most heart disease patients are prescribed a combination of drugs which may include:

An anti-platelet drug, such as aspirin, which interferes with the blood’s clotting mechanism.

An ACE (angiotensin converting enzyme) inhibitor, which prevent the production of a hormone known as angiotensin II by blocking (inhibiting) a chemical called angiotensin-converting enzyme. This relaxes blood vessels and reduces blood pressure.

A beta blocker which slows down the heartbeat.

A statin which helps to lower cholesterol.

A nitrate (GTN tablet or spray) for those who are likely to experience an angina.

As you can tell from above, the medicines work by interfering with certain normal systems in the body. Every system and every activity in the body has a reason, so interfering with any system leads to new problems later. All medicines are laboratory chemicals which tend to poison the body, creating side-effects.

Short Term Effects of Heart Medication

Here are some of the side effects that people experience with heart medicine as soon as they start taking them.

People taking anti-platelet drugs may experience some of the following symptoms:

  • diarrhea
  • rash
  • itching
  • abdominal pain
  • headache
  • chest pain
  • muscle aches
  • dizziness.

Anticoagulants usually cause bleeding and necrosis (gangrene) of the skin.

The side effects of angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors may include

  • coughs
  • elevated blood potassium levels
  • low blood pressure
  • dizziness
  • headache
  • drowsiness
  • weakness
  • abnormal taste
  • rash.

Those taking vasodilators may experience

  • dizziness
  • increased or irregular heart rate
  • headache

Those taking calcium channel blockers may suffer side effects like

  • constipation
  • nausea
  • headache
  • rash
  • edema
  • low blood pressure
  • drowsiness
  • dizziness

Anti-arrhythmics may cause side effects like

  • dizziness
  • blurred vision
  • unusual taste
  • fatigue, nausea
  • vomiting

Long Term Dangerous Effects of Medications

Every drug is a poison to the body, a necessary poison, which works by compromising some essential systems in the body. With long term use, drugs will cause serious side effects.

The long term use of aspirin can result in serious side effects, such as

  • stomach bleeding
  • bleeding in the brain
  • kidney failure
  • strokes (1).

The kidneys are responsible for detoxifying the body and when a person takes too many drugs, the kidneys are overworked and eventually they malfunction and fail.

The long term side effects of ACE inhibitors include

  • hypotension
  • acute renal failure
  • hyperkalemia
  • problems during pregnancy
  • Hypotension (low blood pressure) causes dizziness and weakness (2).

Hyperkalemia is a condition where the blood contains too much potassium, which may cause fatigue, numbness, nausea, breathing problems, or heart palpitations.

Individuals whose renal arteries have narrowed may experience worsening of kidney function and eventually even kidney failure. ACE inhibitors also cause allergic reactions, a decrease in white blood cells, and swelling of tissues (angioedema) (3). Angioedema may lead to obstruction of the airways and suffocation.

Long term effects of beta blockers include

  • precipitation or worsening of congestive heart failure
  • significant reduction in the heart rate (4).

Because statins work by depleting your body of CoQ10, inhibiting synthesis of vitamin K2, and reducing the production of ketone bodies,

  • they cause neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, and Parkinson’s.
  • Statins also lead to musculoskeletal diseases such as myalgia, muscle weakness, muscle cramps, rhabdomyolysis, autoimmune muscle disease, and tendinous diseases (5).

In summary, heart medications certainly do not treat or heal heart disease.

They keep the heart going by interfering with other body systems while poisoning yet other systems. Eventually they cause kidney failure, bleeding in the stomach, bleeding in the brain, strokes, low blood pressure, angioedema, worsening of congestive heart failure, seriously reduced heart beat, neurodegenerative diseases and musculoskeletal diseases. Early death is the result.

Heart Disease Medications can also result in Sexual Dysfunction. More on this in an upcoming article

There is also the problem of drug interactions. People who take heart medications end up with side effect symptoms which will require more medicine. They end up taking a great number of drugs. These patients may suffer when their heart medications interact with new medications. For example, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, ‘water tablets’ and lithium may interact with ACE inhibitors. This just creates yet more problems.

References

1. Article. Aspirin for Reducing Your Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke: Know the Facts, https://www.fda.gov/Drugs/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/BuyingUsingMedicineSafely/UnderstandingOver-the-CounterMedicines/SafeDailyUseofAspirin/ucm291433.htm

2. Townsend R.R. Major side effects of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors and angiotensin II receptor blockers, https://www.uptodate.com/contents/major-side-effects-of-angiotensin-converting-enzyme-inhibitors-and-angiotensin-ii-receptor-blockers

3. http://www.rxlist.com/ace_inhibitors/drugs-condition.htm

4. Potrid, P.J., Major side effects of beta blockers, https://www.uptodate.com/contents/major-side-effects-of-beta-blockers

5. Dr. Mercola, 5 Great Reasons Why You Should Not Take Statins, http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2016/02/10/5-reasons-why-you-should-not-take-statins.aspx