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tomg
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   Posted 7/30/2006 4:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi! New to this, but had a question... I am 30, wm -- in good shape, boxed for about 10yrs... and sometimes before fights the parameditics would consult with each other after taking my blood pressure (always letting me box), but I would hear that I had high blood pressure readings. I always chalked it up to nerves and stress of the fight upcoming... That was years ago.. about a yr ago, my doctor listened to my heartbeat, and told me that it was strong, that she could hear the clicks between the beats (or something to that effect), and that was good.
I was just at a CVS, and saw a blood pressure machine, and decided to give it a try. I've never really checked it - and it came up 155 over like 117, which reads high on the chart on that machine. Is there a reason why I could have that reading, is it possible to just have high blood pressure, even though your heathly, eat right, and in good shape? I don't really see doctors much, but when I do, it's always very positive... ? I wouldn't even know where to begin to cut it down, are there over the counter meds for blood pressure? Does this sound like perhaps a symptom of something my doctors haven't really looked for? 

DREAMGIRL
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   Posted 7/30/2006 7:58 PM (GMT -7)   

:-)  hi, did you try it more than once? sometimes those machines are broken. the numbers you described are certainly way above normal.  i would either buy a bp machine at the cvs or go somewhere once a day and check it on the same machine each day. if you continue to get high readings i would see a doctor. the only thing i know about that will help the bp is a diuretic, but i honestly would not try that before checking with a dr. after several readings,   . when you are out and about it could run a little higher than when you are just at home sitting around, but not that high

 


Aldo
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   Posted 7/31/2006 5:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Your BP should be around 130/80 or less. If that was a correct BP reading from the machine in CVS, you need to see a doctor very soon. If you are in good shape, as you say, you will probably need to start medication. Go by a clinic or a pharmacy. Many will check your BP for free, and a nurse will do it with the standard deal. That was a terrible BP reading. If someone continues with that high of a BP, it will lead to damage to the heart and blood vessels soon. Good luck.

RJ

tomg
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   Posted 7/31/2006 8:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the information from both of you! :) I got quite freaked out when I saw how high it was over the standards on the machine... I'm on it!

Aldo
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   Posted 7/31/2006 10:38 AM (GMT -7)   
GOOD....Mine is running high also (145/98). Taken with the real deal (I cannot spell sphyromanometer) too. I had to stop one of my medicines after taking it for over 3 years. Now I have to find a substitute. I need to lose weight and start exercising. I cannot live long with this kind of BP. I just took some Lasix. It is a standby BP med for me. I cannot take it everyday because it "dries me out". It is a potent diuretic. I doctor myself these days. Probably not a good idea, but I want the best care, lol. Cardiologists play hit and miss with BP control meds. The problem is, there isn't a lot of "good" medicines, or classes of medicines for BP control. Not a lot of choices. BUMMER.

Take care and let us know if your new readings are better.

Rj

SarahP
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   Posted 7/31/2006 1:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Aldo, my mother takes Nifedipine (sp?) and a beta blocker, Atenol (I think). The combo of these two has brought her b/p under control really well. She takes 60 mg of the Nifedipine in the AM, not sure how much atenol, and then 30mg of the N in the PM.
In the beginning, I would take her to the ER with a b/p reading of about 200/120, and they would have to give her three or four different types along with a nitro patch to get it down to a "safe" level. Now she is doing well on these maintainance meds.
Just thought I'd pass this med combo along.
Sarah
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whoa182
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   Posted 8/1/2006 7:24 AM (GMT -7)   
I think that medication is the last thing you need. Some things that you should make sure that you are getting first...

- Eat oatmeal or some healthy breakfast
- 7 vegetables and 3 fruits a day (broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, carrots or sweet potatoes, blueberries, strawberries, banana (loaded with potassium) and others
- Eat nuts like almonds, walnuts, peanuts and use Extra Virgin Olive oil
- Drink Green Tea upto 5x a day
- Take Vitamin C upto 1000mg to help with affects of stress/anxiety, vitamin C lowers cortisol and should help lower BP.
- Fish Oil or Eat wild salmon at least 2x a week. Alternatively you can take Flax seed oil *
- Get over 30g of fiber a day

Use this website to see the effects of different foods on health, all helath clamims are all referenced and researched http://www.whfoods.com/foodstoc.php

A very good diet is more benificial and will lower BP far more than any exercise will do. Almost all my close family have high bp, high cholesterol and so on and are taking medications for it. I achieved these low numbers (in sig) purely by diet, no exercise involved. You can improve your number too.

If these don't work then there is always this (which I do), but it might not be for you and could be difficult, although only a small reduction in food intake is needed, maybe that might be cutting out bread or something.

Calorie restriction drastically reduces risk of heart attack, stroke and diabetes
http://record.wustl.edu/news/page/normal/3330.html


Matt
Blood Pressure = 90/60
Total Cholesterol = 120mg (3.1)
HDL cholesterol = 46mg/dl
LDL cholesterol = 65mg/dl
Triglycerides = 35mg/dl

Post Edited (whoa182) : 8/1/2006 8:34:36 AM (GMT-6)


DREAMGIRL
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   Posted 8/1/2006 3:56 PM (GMT -7)   
:-)  aldo, you are not talking about being on the lisinopril for three years areyou?  i take a low dose 5mg mostly because of my stents, i never had high bp
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