We gathered more recent questions and answers from Dr. Rowena.
Can sex be healthy for people with hypertension?
Can sex be healthy for people with hypertension, as intercourse does boost blood pressure?
All activity increases blood pressure. As long as your blood pressure is in good control and you don’t have debilitating heart disease, there is no reason you can’t have sex. Having a close relationship contributes to longevity. Keep in mind, illicit sex increases the work load of the heart because of the added anxiety associated with the fear of getting caught.
Taking testosterone may increase your blood pressure
I was taking testosterone replacement for low “T”. I was told that this was increasing my blood pressure. Is that true? I would like to get back on it because my levels are well below normal. Any suggestions?
Testosterone levels in men decrease naturally with aging. Taking testosterone may increase your blood pressure and your risk of a heart attack or stroke. Because of heavy advertising by pharmaceutical companies many men are getting their testosterone levels checked. When levels come back low, many are offered a testosterone prescription even though they aren’t having any real problems. People, not lab levels, should be treated. You should discuss your symptoms with your doctor and decide what is best for you.
HBP medications and impotence
What medications are available for HBP that do not cause impotence?
Just because a drug has been reported to cause impotence does not mean it will in any given individual. The best way to find the best drug to treat your high blood pressure is to work with your doctor. You may have to try several drugs before one can be found that does not have impotence as a side effect for you. You might want to ask your doctor about Resperate use. Unlike drugs, the Resperate does not have any side effects. It does not cause impotence.
Hypertension and Viagra
I suffer from Hypertension. My heart is healthy. Can I take Viagra?
The only absolute contraindication to Viagra use is being on a drug containing a nitrate or nitrite. If you are not taking this type of drug and your heart is healthy you should be able to use Viagra. Talk to your doctor to make sure. I am assuming no use of recreational drugs. The combination of recreational drugs and drugs for erectile dysfunction can cause death even in young men with no history of heart disease or high blood pressure.