Which BP meds is everyone taking?

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just curious. Which BP meds is everyone taking and which dosage?

which is the better diagnostic tool to monitor aneurysms, a CT scan with contrast or an MRI with contrast?

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    I am not currently taking any blood pressure meds. I check my pressure regularly and it typically runs between 116/70 - 130/76. My Dr has been reluctant to put me on any meds but I am wondering if it should be lower. I'm curious to hear what others have been told. I know Losartan is a common med for patients with aneurysms. My ascending thoracic aortic aneurysm last measured 4.5 cm and that was measured by an echocardiogram. I have also had two CT scans without contrast but no MRI.

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    I had an echocardiogram to diagnose my aneurysm, which was 5.7cm aortic root. Before suregery I had CT scan and angiogram to determine if I also required a bypass.
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    Taking hydrochlorothiazide, losartan, carvidolol, amlodipine.

    My cardiothoracic surgeon said either scan works for him. The radiologist who did my recent MRI/MRA scans claimed that MRI/MRA was more detailed than CT. From what I've read online, they seem to be equivalent.

    What problem do you have that you want scans for,

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    I have 4.9 ascending - just before the arch. I take 80mg propanalol(sustained release) daily and have MRI scans (without contrast) every 6 months. When looking into it I discovered that MRI's are less invasive as they do not use xrays. CT scans use a very high dose so for long term monitoring not to be advised. If it got to near surgery I would probaly have CT scan as well. I have not been advised to have high contrast with MRI but when I asked for CT scan it was going to be high contrast. As I have a tendency to vomit and many people react to the drug that is injected before hand as it can cause incontinence and vomiting in some people, I chose the MRI. The MRI scanner is a cardiology one it takes about 45 minutes and a computer generated voice requires a lot of breath holding. Next time I will be less stressed out by that - will take my own music and just do my best.  I am in the UK. In also checingin the States I discovered that MRI's (or MRA's as I think they are called) are more expensive than CT scans there and as it is an insurance based system often only CT's are offered. 

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