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kheal67
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   Posted 2/25/2009 3:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Ive just had my blood pressure taken for the third time in two weeks and it is still according to the nurse slightly high . The lowest reading she got today was 140/98 i am 42 male with family history of heart attack and stroke should i worry

kheal67
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   Posted 2/25/2009 1:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the reply the only changes ive made recently are giving up smoking about 6 months ago and losing weight down from around 200lbs to 175lbs , both good changes in response to high blood pressure readings done at the doctors but it hasnt made my bp go down

maddyrules
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   Posted 2/25/2009 2:51 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey there

I recently had the same experience. I've never had blood pressure problems...never. I went to the cardiologist for the first time a couple weeks ago because of some symptoms. My bp was 140/80. I was nervous so I chalked it up to that but the dr said if it was "high" the next visit she would start me on med's. You've got to be kidding me?! I of course am following up to get test results (which I already know are normal) and to speak with the cardiologist. I am diabetic with a family history of heart disease so as much as I don't want to believe my pressure is actually high, I'll do whatever she recommends. Anything to stay healthy and live a long right?!

Take care

Teresa


maddyrules
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   Posted 2/26/2009 5:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, I am pretty healthy. I do exercise five days a week and love to cook so I'm usually eating healthy meals. And I agree with you about patients doing anything the doc says. I am very proactive in all my doc appts. I also like to make changes if possible before med's. I was able to manage my diabetes for almost four years before needing medicaiton. I knew it was time to start that med. I was shocked when the cardiologist mentioned the bp. It's been about the same each time I've gone to see her (three times in a couple months) which is very unusual for me. In all my life (44 years), my bp is typically 120/80 or 117/80...something like that. So I'm not exactly sure what the deal is. The one thing I did change immediately after my first visit was replacing my table salt with "light" salt. I'm not heavy handed at all with salt but I thought it couldn't hurt. So yes, I am open to making necessary changes to my lifestyle to prevent what may be unnecessary medicating. It's like having an ailment and jumping right to surgery. No thanks! I am confident that I'll walk into her office rested and relaxed on monday and have a normal bp reading. I could understand my first visit was for a exercise stress test, my second was to see her and my third was for a nuclear stress test and echo. I was VERY nervous and I honestly believe that is why I had the elevated readings. Since those tests, I've read my results and know my heart is happy and healthy so........
 
I appreciate your feedback and hope you have a good day.
 
Teresa

Miss Helen
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   Posted 2/26/2009 5:29 AM (GMT -7)   
If your bp is only elevated when you're at the doctor, you may suffer from what is called White Coat Hypertension.   Tell the doctor your pressure is normal at other times.   The doctor should have you wear a blood pressure monitor that will record your blood pressure periodically throughout a 24 hour day.  If your bp continues to be high when away from the doctor then the appropriate measures (whether diet/exercise or drugs)should be taken.  

maddyrules
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   Posted 2/26/2009 5:42 AM (GMT -7)   

Good morning

That is interesting. I've never heard of white coat.....  I did mention to her that my bp has never been elevated. And this is the first time I've ever had symptoms (which I'm thinking now may be hormonal) that sent me to the cardiologist. I plan on having a nice chat with her on monday to have a thorough understanding of my results. I want to know what is going on because I am still having symptoms. I am all about being proactive when it comes to my health.

Thank you so much for the info. Hope you enjoy your day.

Teresa


kheal67
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   Posted 3/2/2009 8:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Ok have now purchased my own monitor and for the past few days have been getting readings of 117/79 quite a bit different from in what the nurse was getting

kheal67
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   Posted 3/2/2009 12:30 PM (GMT -7)   
The one i bought was made by omron i am assured its a good make i am getting my cholesterol check done tommorow will post here when i get results , many thanks for the replies.

Dagger
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   Posted 3/6/2009 10:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Selmer,

"Also with regard to what does and does not constitute a "healthy meal"......... There are some dietary changes which really can affect blood pressure in many people, but which probably go beyond what most people consider a basic "healthy meal".... Too extreme for many, but worthwhile for some."

What kind of changes are you talking about?

Geeve
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   Posted 3/21/2009 8:34 PM (GMT -7)   
The Omron is a good brand over-all. My husband used to work for a manufacturing company and he says their stuff is generally high quality.

When my high b/p was diagnosed over a year ago, it was 180/120. That scared me so bad I took the afternoon off work, and walked (slowly) about 2 miles. Walked another slow & easy mile the next morning, and had a doctor's appointment 2 hours later. It was down to 140/100 by then, just from relaxing walks. I do take medication still, but I find that when I do things which stretch my legs (walking, gardening), my blood pressure goes down a lot, and stays down for several hours. Does anybody think the blood vessels in our legs need to be massaged by working out the muscles around them?

Anyway, "K HEAL 67", you've done well to quit smoking, and you're taking this seriously (getting a monitor; checking your cholesterol; researching on line). Good luck to you!
Geeve
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   Posted 3/30/2009 8:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Great advice to buy a blood pressure monitor. I bought one a few months ago. It's also great advice that you bring it in the next time you visit your doctor. I've read that's a smart thing to do. Glad to hear your blood pressure has been lower! Good luck and keep up the good work!
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