can I lower my BP meds?

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genesis2k16
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   Posted 8/25/2016 3:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I have heart disease (atherosclerosis, bypass surgery), and I’m wondering if I can reduce or eliminate my blood pressure meds (I take 100mg Toprol per day, and 5mg Altace). Because of a vegan diet I'm on now, my numbers have been getting low, although I don’t experience lightheadedness or anything. Thing is, I’m trying to run on a track a few times a week and I believe the Toprol is preventing my heart from beating fast enough to allow me to run for a while. My cardiologist would like me to stay on Toprol for “secondary prevention”, but I think I should be able to wean off it now that my BP is dropping because of the CHIP diet. What should I do? Thanks.

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   Posted 8/25/2016 6:44 PM (GMT -6)   
you should listen to your cardiologist. I would make sure ya kidneys are in good health, as they control blood pressure. take care, and welcome.
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   Posted 8/26/2016 8:59 AM (GMT -6)   
HT is absolutely right you need to listen to your dr on this. Recently 2 of my 3 BP meds were doubled. I asked the dr if after a month or so if the BP stays where it should could we go back to the original dose & he said no. You have a cardiac history don't bring on something else you don't need.

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jdiane
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   Posted 8/26/2016 11:13 AM (GMT -6)   
The meds may keep your heart rate from hitting what's defined as a "peak heart rate" however, this shouldn't prevent you from increasing distance or stamina. It just changes your personal heart rate zones.

genesis2k16
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   Posted 8/27/2016 3:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all for your responses.
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