My cardiologist prescribed hydrochorothiazide as a diuretic not because I have high blood pressure but to make me feel better as my aortic stenosis advances. Surgery for it is expected within a year. My question is does this drug actually help take some of the strain off your heart or does it only help you feel a little less breathless after a couple flights of stairs, etc.? I'm supposed to go on a small dose, 25mg but I've read some bad things about HCTZ and if it's just to make me "feel" a little better, I don't know if I want to take it. If it actually helps the heart to do it's job more easily, I will. Here is what I read that concerns me:
- Some diuretics, such as HCTZ, are strongly linked to an increased risk of developing diabetes.
- Thiazides also increase total cholesterol by 5% to 7%, accompanied by an increase in LDL cholesterol.