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BS: high blood pressure

open mike 05 Dec 03 - 03:49 AM
JohnInKansas 05 Dec 03 - 02:22 AM
GUEST,.gargoyle 04 Dec 03 - 10:45 PM
RichM 04 Dec 03 - 09:29 PM
GUEST,noddy 04 Dec 03 - 11:37 AM
mouldy 04 Dec 03 - 03:54 AM
Mudlark 04 Dec 03 - 01:50 AM
Robin2 03 Dec 03 - 10:53 PM
Jeep man 03 Dec 03 - 04:36 PM
jeffp 03 Dec 03 - 03:55 PM
Rapparee 03 Dec 03 - 03:29 PM
Mark Clark 03 Dec 03 - 02:59 PM
Peace 02 Dec 03 - 05:37 PM
katlaughing 02 Dec 03 - 05:14 PM
katlaughing 02 Dec 03 - 05:13 PM
mg 02 Dec 03 - 05:04 PM
GUEST,Martin Gibson 02 Dec 03 - 04:53 PM
GUEST,Yasmin 02 Dec 03 - 04:48 PM
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Subject: RE: BS: high blood presure
From: open mike
Date: 05 Dec 03 - 03:49 AM

eat more garlic!!
meditate!
learn to take your own bp
so you can check it at home
get with a support group so
you can all remind each other
to take care of yourselves and
check in with each other about
progress, etc.


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Subject: RE: BS: high blood presure
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 05 Dec 03 - 02:22 AM

Having suffered from "borderline" high blood pressure for nearly 30 years, listening to all the doctors tell me to diet, change my diet, get more exercise, lose weight, etc., and with constant warnings about "we're going to have to medicate that if it doesn't drop;" I finally "retired" and immediately found my blood pressure dropped by about 15 mmHg - both numbers.

The biggest drawback to this "treatment" is that it's very difficult to go back after a fair trial.

Rather a drastic step, but the worry about "living" on inadequate retirement income doesn't seem to do near as much to the b.p. as all the deadlines at the old office, even though I never felt particularly stressed by the job(s).

Now if I could get rid of the kids....

John


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Subject: RE: BS: high blood presure
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 04 Dec 03 - 10:45 PM

Screw the Doctors!



          Salt your favorite foods,
                                                      consume premium-aged-cheese,                                                                  aong with bacon, beef and lamb.



It is better to enjoy a drunken-fuitcake.....this holiday season......than to spend eternity wondering.


Sincerely,

Gargoyle



THOUROUGHLY...consult the tables listed with the drugs.....frequently.....your risk increases (re:alternative side-effects)and the quality-of-life suffers.


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Subject: RE: BS: high blood presure
From: RichM
Date: 04 Dec 03 - 09:29 PM

If you think you have high blood pressure, see a doctor. Don't fool around with trying to control it on your own!
It can indicate a serious medical problem that could cause stroke, or heart attack.
I've had HBP for 40 years, been on medication that long. My current BP is about 125 over 70, and I want to keep it there.
Particularly since I had angioplasty a month ago for 3 blocked arteries in my heart.

Get thee to thy physician!


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Subject: RE: BS: high blood presure
From: GUEST,noddy
Date: 04 Dec 03 - 11:37 AM

stop thinking and worrying that you have high blood pressure......



Why are you bald?

I worry a lot.

What do you worry about?

Going Bald!


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Subject: RE: BS: high blood presure
From: mouldy
Date: 04 Dec 03 - 03:54 AM

I've been on medication for about 3 weeks now.
It wasn't horribly high (160/100-110) but my stress levels were very high at the time, and I was starting with anxiety symptoms. I did go through a phase of full-blown panic attacks about 26 years ago, which put me (for a mercifully short time) on valium and beta-blockers. I swore I would get into that state again - it was hell! (Unfortunately, with my husband being away most of the time for the last 12 years there is always a slight undercurrent of stress in my life!)
The GP put me on a very low dose of propanolol for a week just to see how I tolerated it, and then over a few days I built up to 80mg/day. Then he started me on the one-a-day sustained relief variety, as my BP had come down to 150/90. My pharmacist daughter says that if it has come down by 10pts each measurement after so little intervention, it is probably mainly due to stress - the tablets are also used to treat anxiety, amongst other things, and I have felt much better since I have been on them. Also, from being a caffeine addict, I have reduced right down to only a couple of cups a day on average, and am drinking a lot of green tea.

I have to go back in 2 weeks for another check.

Andrea


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Subject: RE: BS: high blood presure
From: Mudlark
Date: 04 Dec 03 - 01:50 AM

Just a thought...if you have a thyroid problem it may be contributing. Have your thyroid levels checked. Calcium/mag. also helpful, 1000/500. But if seriously high, do meds first...bringing it down fast is your first concern.


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Subject: RE: BS: high blood presure
From: Robin2
Date: 03 Dec 03 - 10:53 PM

TAKE CARE OF IT NOW!!!

I'm one of those stroke survivors that after one year still can't play my instrument well. My BP was even worse, 215/135, and I stroked out while taking my meds for 5 months! Now I have lost 70 pounds, I walk 4 miles a day, and I eat very little meat. If you have a family history or artery problems, and you get sick a lot (anything from colds to asthma), ask your doc to check you out. My only sign of an artery blockage was a being tired and a lingering cold.

Robin2


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Subject: RE: BS: high blood presure
From: Jeep man
Date: 03 Dec 03 - 04:36 PM

Been there, done that. All of the above. Fought it for years with various medicines. My doctor finally hit on the right combo and I have been good for 2 years. It takes lots of patience. Jim


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Subject: RE: BS: high blood presure
From: jeffp
Date: 03 Dec 03 - 03:55 PM

Like everybody else said, go see a doctor. It may take a little experimenting, but you will eventually settle on a regimen that works for you.

Quit smoking, reduce the fats in your diet, get more exercise, reduce your alcohol intake (sob!), and monitor your BP. If you're like me, you'll find out that you have more energy and feel much better after you get it stabilized.

As far as personal stories go, 4 years ago I went to a clinic for respiratory problems (a cold that just wouldn't go away). The doctor took my BP and freaked out. It was 185/135, a stroke waiting to happen. She immediately started me on medication and referred me back to my primary care physician. (I had to get one of those - I hadn't been to a doctor in years) I am now on 2 meds and feel much better. I also quit smoking 2 1/2 years ago and that feels better too.

Take care of this and it will be no more than a slight inconvenience. Ignore it and it may kill you. Or you might have a nonfatal stroke that leaves you unable to do the things you enjoy. To me, that would be worse. It was the idea of a stroke rather than a heart attack that got my attention and made me take it seriously.

For what it's worth, there's my story.

Jeff


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Subject: RE: BS: high blood presure
From: Rapparee
Date: 03 Dec 03 - 03:29 PM

Go to the doctor, be honest, get and take the necessary meds. Exercise, even if it's only a walk. Watch your diet like a hawk. Cut back on salt. Drink lots of water.

So far I drink lots of water and I take the meds the doctor prescribed, but hey! I know what I should be doing.

I've found that they want you to drink water but they don't want you to flavor it, like with Scotch or Bourbon. Darn.

A good dog (and sometimes a cat) helps, too.


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Subject: RE: BS: high blood presure
From: Mark Clark
Date: 03 Dec 03 - 02:59 PM

Pick out an energegic adult large breed dog (70-100 lbs) at your local animal shelter. Take it for long walks and see that it gets plenty of exercise at your local off-leash park. Be careful not to overfeed it but do register for discipline training classes. This worked for me.

As an additional measure, sweep all the Republicans out of office in the U.S. That will lower all our BP readings.

      - Mark


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Subject: RE: BS: high blood presure
From: Peace
Date: 02 Dec 03 - 05:37 PM

GUEST, Yasmin:

1) See a doctor.
2) If you have ever had (or have) asthma, even if it isn't acting up now, tell the doctor; it means you can NOT have beta blockers.
3) You haven't said what your BP is, so how do you know it's high?


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Subject: RE: BS: high blood presure
From: katlaughing
Date: 02 Dec 03 - 05:14 PM

Here ya go: Click Here


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Subject: RE: BS: high blood presure
From: katlaughing
Date: 02 Dec 03 - 05:13 PM

For immediate help, my daughter's doctor had her lie on her left side. He said they didn't know why, but it brings down dangerously high blood pressure. Of course, you then have to figure out what is causing it. We just had a thread similar to this. If I can find it, there was really good info in it.

kat


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Subject: RE: BS: high blood presure
From: mg
Date: 02 Dec 03 - 05:04 PM

drink healthy amounts of water and eliminate trans fats, white flour and other highly refined foods from your diet...it is all related to insulin overload...mg


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Subject: RE: BS: high blood presure
From: GUEST,Martin Gibson
Date: 02 Dec 03 - 04:53 PM

Lose weight.

Go to a doctor and get a prescription. Do it now or as soon as possible. This is something you do not want to fool around or procrastinate with.


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Subject: BS: high blood presure
From: GUEST,Yasmin
Date: 02 Dec 03 - 04:48 PM

ok mudcatters---- how can I get my blood pressure down ?

Any advice, or real life stories would be apreciated !

yasmin


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