Losartan - can it cause hardening of the arteries and heart failure?

Posted by glenngaltere @glenngaltere, Aug 14, 2021

does it cause hardening of arteries and heart failure

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Hello @glenngaltere, Welcome to Connect, an online community where patients and caregivers share their experiences, find support and exchange information with others. You will notice that we added your question to the title of your discussion so that other members who might have experience or information will reply to your question.

I am not familiar with Losartan but did find some information you may find helpful.
— Common and Rare Side Effects for losartan oral – WebMD: https://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-6616/losartan-oral/details/list-sideeffects

Have you discussed your concerns or questions with your doctor?

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@johnbishop

Hello @glenngaltere, Welcome to Connect, an online community where patients and caregivers share their experiences, find support and exchange information with others. You will notice that we added your question to the title of your discussion so that other members who might have experience or information will reply to your question.

I am not familiar with Losartan but did find some information you may find helpful.
— Common and Rare Side Effects for losartan oral – WebMD: https://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-6616/losartan-oral/details/list-sideeffects

Have you discussed your concerns or questions with your doctor?

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@glenngalterr I'd like to add my welcome also I have been on Losartan for years and have never had any side effects from the med of course everybody is different

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@glenngaltere I had a triple by pass in 1996 and am still here no hardening of the arteries os heart failure My cardiologist says my heart is fine

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That is a very interesting question, and made me curious because I have been taking it for some time, even though my blood pressure is "marginal" because I have a strong multi-generational pattern of heart disease in both my parent's families, but no personal history or other risk factors like smoking, diabetes or weight. My primary provider called it the "medication of choice" for people like me.

Here is what the research shows about atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) : https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4253768/#:~:text=development%20of%20

And I was surprised to learn that Losartan was originally heralded as a potential treatment for some heart diseases, and has been used to treat a number of conditions over the years, as described in this article from the VA: https://www.pbm.va.gov/PBM/vacenterformedicationsafety/nationalpbmcommunication/ANGIOTENSINIIRECEPTORANTAGONISTSHFTARGETDOSENATIONALPBMCOMMUNICATION103111FINAL.PDF and here: https://www.futuremedicine.com/doi/pdf/10.2217/14796678.1.4.433

Does this help you? Can you tell me a little about what led you to ask the question?
Sue

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