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High Blood Pressure
« on: April 13, 2009, 11:50:21 pm »
I have had my troubles with heart disease.... having my first heart attack at 38 complete with a tripple bypass and then a couple of stents added along the way too.

Several years ago My doctor put me on blood pressure meds saying that I had high blood pressure. The strange thing is that I never saw any readings over 130/85. Now in the last couple of weeks My blood pressure went to 165/125 for no aparent reason. Of course I have been to the docs about it, but it seems strange that it would jump up like this with no aparent reason for it.

I had already decided to loose a few pounds and from what I read this is the best thing to do to combat this problem. Cutting out salt is another hard to do thing.

Any of you have this problem and what did you do to correct it?

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Re: High Blood Pressure
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2009, 01:22:11 am »
If that was your doctor that determined there is no apparent reason and he took no action, get a second opinion and do it right away. There has to be a reason, especially if it was just over a couple of weeks.

Losing weight and reducing salt are certainly good things to do, but will most likely not make that much difference. Reducing stress is another good, but not easy thing to do.

Get another doctors opinion right away. Blood pressure that high should not be left untreated.
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Re: High Blood Pressure
« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2009, 06:00:17 am »
Back in the 1980's when I was in my early 30's I had my blood pressure checked after my father died of a stroke related to high blood pressure he had.  My blood pressure was 168/94 prior to that it ran around 140/65.  My weight was not a problem at 165 pounds for a 5' 11" height.

The doctor advised I lay off the salt and foods which had a lot of salt.  In a month or so my blood pressure was running in the 138/70 range again and has stayed pretty much there for the past 25 years.  My weight has increased a little to around 175 pounds.

My wife has recently developed problems with her blood pressure and it seems very dependant on the level of stress in her life at the time.  My blood pressure was highest just after my father died which was a stressful time for me.  My wife has a few extra pounds she is fond of but when she sheds a little weight she doesn't need as much medication to keep her blood pressure in check.

Bottom line is salt is not your friend when it comes to blood pressure.  You can learn to like food without it in fact I don't miss it at all.  A few extra pounds makes your heart work much harder.  Being you have had problems with arteries blocking have the arteries checked that feed your brain in the back of your neck.  My father found out too late that blockages in those arteries caused his high blood pressure and the resulting stroke that ended his life. 

There is a reason your's went up, find out why and make the necessary changes in your lifestyle.

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Re: High Blood Pressure
« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2009, 07:15:38 am »
my doc told me when i had to get my stent that stress was gonna kill me. i took it to heart and i dont have stress now days.
you just have to let it all go, dont dwell on that stuff. my thoughts that help me most is dont sweat the small stuff, and everything is small stuff now.

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Re: High Blood Pressure
« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2009, 06:33:01 am »
Stress is the key.
I used to be able to handle stress, but now since all my heart problems, stress is the #1 reason I don't feel good.
My PB, Mood and the general way I feel are all controlled by stress.
To lower stress sometimes I just jump out of a tree and land on a log on my arse. Just to see the pretty colors that blood thinners make  :D  :D  :D  :D
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Re: High Blood Pressure
« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2009, 07:39:08 am »

To lower stress sometimes I just jump out of a tree and land on a log on my arse. Just to see the pretty colors that blood thinners make  :D  :D  :D  :D

Was that a bear that chased you up in that tree?    :D :D
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Re: High Blood Pressure
« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2009, 08:17:05 am »

To lower stress sometimes I just jump out of a tree and land on a log on my arse. Just to see the pretty colors that blood thinners make  :D  :D  :D  :D

Was that a bear that chased you up in that tree?    :D :D

I think the bear's name was Stupidity  :D  :D  :D
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Re: High Blood Pressure
« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2009, 09:44:28 am »
We gettin a showin at da Rox taday?   ::) ::)

Oughta be interestin... :o :o
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Re: High Blood Pressure
« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2009, 10:10:30 am »
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Take your own blood pressure.  Get a sphygomometer (blood pressure monitor) from the drugstore.  They aren't too expensive, but get a good one.   The most accurate, I'm told, is the one that you do manually and has a gauge.  The computer ones are OK but not always real accurate, and you need to believe what you read.

Take your pressure regularly and be at rest.  Lots of Doctors Offices are in a hurry and take your pressure after you drove to the office in traffic, walked uphill to get into the office, climbed some stairs, put up with the scheduling office people and then have to try and sit quietly while a young Marilyn Monroe want-to-be counts your pulse.

Be at rest for a few minutes before you take it.  Be still, don't talk, close your eyes if you must, but don't be distracted.  Do the same thing everytime you take it.  Keep a record

It's not unusual for blood pressure to be misread.   If the reading turns out to be true, be concerned.
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Re: High Blood Pressure
« Reply #9 on: April 17, 2009, 11:59:05 am »
We gettin a showin at da Rox taday?   ::) ::)

Oughta be interestin... :o :o

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Re: High Blood Pressure
« Reply #10 on: April 17, 2009, 01:00:52 pm »
Getoverit, about 10 years ago my blood pressure jumped 50 points one day. I went to my doctor and she told me that the blood pressure medication I had been on for a few years, my body had become adjusted to it. She made a change and it came right back down. The best thing I have done for B/P and the rest of my body is lose 150 lbs, had the stomach snip. My father died at age 44 from a heart attack after 2 open heart surgeries and diabetes. Tonto.
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Re: High Blood Pressure
« Reply #11 on: April 17, 2009, 02:02:59 pm »
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PICTURES   I just realized we dont have a rather be blind smiley. I'll have to go look for one.

No pics.  ;D ;D
At his expense, we had some good laughs tho.  ;D
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Re: High Blood Pressure
« Reply #12 on: April 17, 2009, 11:35:04 pm »

No pics.  ;D ;D

Sorry Jeff, but my prayers were answered.  :D :D
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Re: High Blood Pressure
« Reply #13 on: April 18, 2009, 10:20:16 am »


No pics.  ;D ;D
At his expense, we had some good laughs tho.  ;D

Didn't he even give everyone at the Rox a peak?  I've been told its an impressive site.  :D
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Re: High Blood Pressure
« Reply #14 on: April 18, 2009, 10:25:17 am »
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Re: High Blood Pressure
« Reply #15 on: April 20, 2009, 08:20:45 pm »
I had high blood pressure for years and just ignored it.  One day about 7 years ago I went to a doctor about another medical problem.  The nurse that gave me a pre-exam took my blood pressure.  She just kept pumping and pumping until I thought my arm was going to be squeezed off.   The Dr. came in and did his thing. He said I didnít have a problem that I came in to see him for but Iíd better get to my general practitioner and get something done with my blood pressure or I was going to be dead or crippled for life from a stroke.  Apparently I had set a new record or something.

My old doctor died about 15 years earlier and I hadnít been to one since then.  So I found a new GP and made an appointment for a physical.  (I didnít tell them I was coming in to be treated for high blood pressure Ė I wanted to see if they would find it.) The nurse giving me my pre-exam took my blood pressure.  She just kept pumping and pumping.  Then tried the other arm with the same results. She about tore the door off the hinges getting out of the examination room.  Next in was the nurse practitioner.  She too took my blood pressure and with a grave look on her face asked me if I was on drugs.  Next the doctor came in and repeated the routine.  The doctor asked me if there was someone that could come and drive me to the hospital for testing.  I told her no, as Mary was out of town at the time.  They called and ambulance.  They wouldnít let me stand down from the table to go to it but took me out on a gurney. 

Five days of testing in the hospital showed no physical cause for the high blood pressure.  There wasnít any blockage or buildup in my arteries, etc. as they expected to find.  I kept telling them it was stress.  The Dr. wanted to give me some drugs for my depression.  I explained that I wasnít depressed; I had too much stress in my life. They drugged me until I was wimpy and stupid and sent me home.

One thing Iíve learned is that you have to educate yourself and take care of yourself the best you can.  I take my blood pressure regularly and adjust my medications as required.  Some medications Iíve quit taking altogether as they caused some bad side effects.  My doctor is not very helpful in my treatment.  I tell him what Iím taking and he just says, ďKeep it up.Ē

I can about tell how my blood pressure will read by how mad I am at the time.  I try to think of some pleasant time but often I get mad about all kinds of things.  One morning I took my blood pressure and got a good reading near 120/80.  Then a few minutes later I heard the words ďGrandmaĒ spoke by Brooke in the hallway.   I knew it had snowed overnight and school was called off.  I took my blood pressure again and it was 150/100!

One of the best things I did for my own self-treatment was to buy a book titled ď30 minutes a day to a Healthy HeartĒ published by Readers Digest.  It explains a lot of things about drugs, nutrition, weight control, environment, exercise and stress management.

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Re: High Blood Pressure
« Reply #16 on: April 20, 2009, 10:35:58 pm »
Dr. Bibby, do you take new patients, I don't like my present Dr.
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Re: High Blood Pressure
« Reply #17 on: April 21, 2009, 01:45:21 am »


I can about tell how my blood pressure will read by how mad I am at the time. 

 


Boy am I glad to hear somebody else say that!  When my BP first went out of control, I was making a complete ass of myself.  The least little frustration would set me off and make me say things that were completely out of character.  When I got on meds and got it under control, I returned to my normal, sweet self. :) :)  Even today, if I forget my pill I will become irritable for no apparent reason.  If I do, I know what is causing it and take my pill.  I mentioned this phenomenon to my Doctor, and he told me I was nuts.  BP doesn't do that to you.  BULLSNOT!
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Re: High Blood Pressure
« Reply #18 on: April 21, 2009, 06:47:55 am »
   Bibby and Dang,  the relationship of blood pressure to feeling angry, which is the chicken and which is the egg? I know when I've had long periods of constant stress my weight has gone up. Turns out stress releases cortisol and an affect can be weight gain. I guess I just stay under stress these days! ;D

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Re: High Blood Pressure
« Reply #19 on: April 21, 2009, 08:00:45 am »
Also, if your a big guy,the size of the bp cuff can make a reading bad.If they don't use the big cuff the readings no good.It happened to me.
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