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please tell me if cortizone shots can affect your heart. I was told by a friend that when I am getting my cortizone shots for my knees (about every 4-6 mos. ) that I am hurting my heart...

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hi, i would try not to worry too much, your friend sounds as though they are scare mongering! as a rule cortisone injections are a safe alternative to oral anti inflammatories, and although like any drug they have side efects these will have been weighed aginst the benefits by your dr before prescribing them
short term effects include localised swelling / thinning of tendons arund the joint and bleeding / swelling due to punctured blood vessels immediately after the injection.
Long term they can have an effect on your blood pressure however these effects tend to be as a result of high dosage. frequet injections over a long period of time.
hope this helps
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