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dlfndeb
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Date Joined May 2011
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   Posted 5/6/2011 6:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Everyone! I hope I'm posting this in the correct forum.

I was diagnosed on Wednesday as having High Blood Pressure and being "hypertensive". I went to the ER for a 4 day excruciating headache and the DR told me it was the high blood pressure that was causing it. I am really scared and am trying to get all the advice and tips that I can. I hope to get some good ones here. I have been on this site for a couple days now and really enjoy it.

Thank you so much!
~Deb

P.S I'm not sure if age matters but I wanted to mention that I'm 40.

Post Edited (dlfndeb) : 5/6/2011 7:10:05 PM (GMT-6)


Lanie G
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   Posted 5/6/2011 6:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Deb, first of all, don't be scared.  Be glad that you are being treated.  I'm sure you already know what uncontrolled high blood pressure can do.   I presume you're on blood pressure medication?  I've been on BP meds for many years.  This is what I've learned:  be sure to take your medication every day. Don't skip it even if you feel 'great' and think you don't need medication.   High blood pressure doesn't just go away and come back on different days.  You will probably be instructed not to eat food that's highly salted.  Life style can affect your blood pressure and actually help it be more in control.  If you are overweight, losing weight will help.  If you engage in regular exercise ("cardio" especially), on a daily basis, this may also help control it.  Biking, walking, running, etc. or any exercise that is sustained for about 30 minutes is not only helpful for the BP but for your heart.  I was on two BP medications and when I lost weight and started exercising regularly, the doctor took me off one of them and now I only take one.  I would suggest buying a cuff so you can measure your own BP.  I bought mine at Costco but you can find them in most any store.  Always talk to your doctor if you have any side effects that you are concerned about.  (And this is one of the reasons why the Internet is so helpful as a source of information.)  And....don't eat licorice.  I've read it raises blood pressure! 
 
Lanie

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kathie peterson
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   Posted 5/10/2011 10:16 PM (GMT -7)   
dlfndeb said...
Hi, Everyone! I hope I'm posting this in the correct forum.

I was diagnosed on Wednesday as having High Blood Pressure and being "hypertensive". I went to the ER for a 4 day excruciating headache and the DR told me it was the high blood pressure that was causing it. I am really scared and am trying to get all the advice and tips that I can. I hope to get some good ones here. I have been on this site for a couple days now and really enjoy it.

Thank you so much!
~Deb

P.S I'm not sure if age matters but I wanted to mention that I'm 40.


Hi Deb! I've been hypertensive since I was 18! Imagine. And I wasn't even overweight then. I guess it's all about trying to be proactive once diagnosed with hypertension especially with the long list of cardiovascular disease that we are prone to having. I've been taking fish oil capsules recently just to control my erratic BP and so far, so good. I'm a mother of two now and because I am off work, I get to read about alternative medicine.

I hope you find a therapy that works for your BP. Control it because it adds a lot of pressure to the body and to the heart.

Take care!
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