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Data from studies shows that reducing dietary salt will lower
blood pressure, protecting against heart attack and stroke.
Even modest salt restriction improves vascular reactivity and
protects the kidneys and the heart. Salt restriction also lowers
the risk of kidney stones by reducing the amount of calcium in
the urine. And the DASH diet appears to protect against diabetes.
There are numerous possible causes of blood in the urine, including kidney disease, injury, or certain cancers, but regardless of the cause, prompt testing is required.
I’ve been taking Zocor since my heart attack in 2006. My
cholesterol count has come way down, and I haven’t had any heart
problems. In the past few months, however, I’ve had some muscle
aches. My blood tests don’t show any muscle damage, but my doctor
says Zocor may still be causing the problem. He wants me to stop
Zocor for a while, but I’m worried about my heart. Is it safe for
me to stop?