Cari Jean. Queen, MD
Specialty: Internal Medicine
Location and Office HoursProvidence Valley Physicians
12509 E Mission
Spokane Valley, WA 99216
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What is cardiovascular disease (CVD)?
SCAI answeredThe human body has different systems for handling different functions. The cardiovascular system is responsible for distributing blood throughout your body. It includes the heart and blood vessels. Cardiovascular disease, or CVD, refers to a broad range of diseases that affect this system. Among them are coronary artery disease, heart attack, stroke, peripheral artery disease (PAD), renal (kidney) artery disease, heart failure and high blood pressure. While these conditions may affect different parts of the body, they often share the same underlying cause: atherosclerosis, or “hardening” of the arteries.
What medications help treat nephrotic syndrome?
Nephrotic syndrome is usually successfully treated with a combination of medicines.Medication choices - Medicines to treat nephrotic syndrome include:
- Corticosteroids, such as prednisone or prednisolone, to reduce swelling.
- Diuretics, such as bumetanide or furosemide, to help maintain fluid balance.
- Cyclophosphamide, cyclosporine or mycophenolate mofetil, when treatment with corticosteroids is not successful.
- Albumin, to restore blood volume.
Most children are successfully treated with corticosteroids, though relapses are common.
Clinical trials are ongoing to test more effective medicines for the treatment of steroid-resistant (relapsing) nephrotic syndrome. If treatment has not successfully controlled your nephrotic syndrome, ask your doctor about information on clinical trials. To take part in a clinical trial, you may need to travel to a large treatment center.What to think about - Most children who have nephrotic syndrome do well with treatment and have a normal life expectancy.
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How common is heart disease in women in the United States?
Cardiovascular (heart and vessel) disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States. More women have died of this disease than cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and accidents combined. At any one time, 1 in 3 women have some form of cardiovascular disease (hypertension, stroke, or coronary artery disease).
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