Our expert says:
The health of your arteries depends very much on hereditary factors as well as diet, exercise and lifestyle choices. Imdur is a nitrate vasodilator. It works by widening the blood vessels in the body. This reduces the workload of the heart and helps to relieve chest pain. Patients may get severe headaches when starting this medication but some do develop a tolerance for this. Discuss with his cardiologist, there are other medications that may also help but it depends on his current medical condition and ECG results whether other medications will help. It is impossible to predict life expectancy, it depends on the severity and extent of ischemia, the presence or absence of complex cardiac arrhythmia, the site of vascular obstruction, the number of coronary vessels involved, how well the heart is functioning, and the extent that risk factors can be modified.
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