High Blood Pressure
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About High Blood Pressure

Millions of people worldwide have been suffering from high blood pressure or hypertension. There are several factors that can trigger this health condition. Many of them are still unaware about some essential details about this. The tendency is that they eventually experience a severe condition which causes death. For this reason, everybody should be knowledge about taking good care of the blood pressure levels at all time.

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I have a hard time managing my high blood pressure and it annoys me that it is this way. My doctor advised me to try to stay calm and to take my pills as directed. I don't like putting my body on pills for this issue. Has anything out there worked for other chatabout members besides pill?

i have had high blood pressure since i was in high school. luckily now i have a good doctor and it is being monitored. so far it seems to be doing pretty good

I bought a blood pressure monitor from Amazon that plugs into my iphone. It gives accurate readings as far as I can tell. I compared my last results to those given me by my doctor a few minutes earlier and they were almost exactly the same.

Ken, would you like me to the thing you bought? Also, is it available for Android? I had pre-eclampsia with my last pregnancy, but I don't have a way to keep track on my blood pressure at home.

I like to walk seven miles a week or so to keep my heart and pulmonary system in shape. Cutting back on calories and losing some weight helped also.

My high blood pressure was stress related! I was taking care of my daughters children while she was learning to be a cosmetology teacher!! I was doing to much!! Taking care of my 83 year old aunt and them!! I ended up in the ER with a nose bleed that wouldn't stop!!!! Thank goodness it is under control now!! I do watch all packaging for sodium content!! Be an advocate with eateries!! Tell them lighten up on the salt or have a salt free version!!!

I found out 3 years ago that I had High blood pressure. I have no idea for how long. I always felt fine-not even a headache. I found out when I had to get a physical for a health insurance switch. They wouldn't insure me until I got it under control. The first meds prescribed worked quickly for me and it is under control. It does sneak up on you.

unfortunately that is why it is called the silent but deadly killer. some people dont get any symptoms at all. its lucky that you did find out about it before something bad happened though.

All my life I was fine, not healthy but fine, and in 2009 on a flight from South Africa to the USA, I got ill with a cold sweat and went to the toilet on the plane because I really felt ill. I ended up laying on the floor to cool myself down and after awhile I went back and all was ok and we dismissed it as just feeling claustrophobic. In 2013 on another flight from South Africa to the USA, I experienced the same symptoms but it got worse. I never made it to the bathroom instead I passed out. This happened 3 times on the Virgin Atlantic flight and a doctor onboard said it was high blood pressure. Virgin Atlantic wrote out a report and I was barred from the connecting flight from London to Miami until I was cleared by a doctor. To cut a long story short, I talked my way out of London after being cleared but now in Florida, USA, I find that I have had some more fainting/passing out episodes. Is it high blood or an anxiety attack, I have no idea.

I develop High BP when I was 18. My whole family have high blood pressure, but anyway. I was running 2.5 miles daily, but was eating anyting that I wanted. So I want some opinions why I develop High BP in the first place.

My blood pressure seems to go hand & hand with my stress level. So, I take my meds & try to keep as much of a stress free environment around myself.

I had high blood pressure when I was heavier and less active. I started getting more active, eating better, stressing less, and lost weight and the day my blood pressure hit a NORMAL level I was so happy - it was a funny thing to be happy about, but it was a sign that I was on the right track

Good for you Peg! I've lost weight and my blood pressure is getting better. I still need medication, but am hopeful that eventually I can stop taking it with my doctor's supervision of course.

Good job Peg I have lost 20 pounds and still have hbp but I hope to get it lower and lose some more weight.

I am still working on losing more weight too, but I am happy about the blood pressure. My dad died of a heart attack at 51. I am determined not to follow this same path. I already eat healthier than he ever did and I exercise which he didn't

I do not blame you Peg that is a motivation to keep you going. My Dad did exercise but still had a heart attack and even had open heart surgery but he died when he was 70

I'm so sorry, Susan. My dad's heart attack was very sudden. He said he didn't feel good, my mom went to work, when she came home he had passed away :(

My Dad died on his birthday that is so strange to me. His was not sudden but I think he knew what was going on he had had surgery like 20 years earlier and lived longer than they gave him credit for.

I had high blood pressure and was taking lisprinol to control it. Now I have low blood pressure, go figure...and now taking a lower dose of lisprinol. The thing to watch for that doctors don't tell you is that this medication can cause kidney problems.

Well those pills caused me to have a kidney problem so now I am seeing a Specialist for that and he has prescribed me another medication along with the lisprinol. Yeah it is Crazy

good to know that it may cause kidney issues because years ago when i was on this, they did lab work and were concerned about kidneys and didn't know what the problem was

From what i have learned from a friend who just recently discovered her BP was high told him what lisprinol has done(he prescribed it for her) he said now it has been improved and not to worry.

I take propranolol 80 MG for my high blood pressure/migraines/ anxiety all in one. I have to take it twice a day. I don't use any salt in my food, I seldom cook anything fried but I do love spicy foods. I love hot sauce.

I have a friend who has high blood pressure. They put him on pills for it about a week or so ago by doubling the dosage when they saw a pattern of around 150/85 or so... How long does it take for the meds to really take effect as he is really not seeing much of a difference?

I have had low blood pressure most of my life until yesterday. My bp is normally 100/60 and yesterday it was 144/92 and I noticed I have severe swelling in my right foot. I am quite concerned about this but with 5 teens (most in college) I have no money or insurance. Looks like I might have to go to the ER

You may want to check your salt intake. This I know causes swelling when you have high blood pressure. But please check with your doctor I do know the feelings you have I do not have insurance either.

I've been on med for high blood pressure for several years. I know if I could lose weight it would help lower it.

That is what I was always told but I lost 30 lbs and my blood pressure is still high.But I do take a pill every day and will continue to.

Many people do not realize how much stress plays in high blood pressure. When the body is tense from stress the blood vessels that affect blood pressure are also involved.

Eating differently and making changes allowed me to lose the blood pressure pills and lose weight. Here is where I started. Learn what to eat and when to eat it. All natural changes that help you for a lifetime. No mailed meals (high in sodium) no permanent programs. Just learning the basics and how your body works . link

Some do not realize how foods effect our blood pressure. Of course what doesn't effect it, right? Stress, life in general it seems.

Some pharmacies offer free blood pressure and antibiotic meds for FREE. I know people out there don't have the extra money or maybe don't have insurance to pay for these and this page is worth checking out. Even if you do have the money why pay if you don't have to. link

I have high blood pressure t00!! My doctor has me on what is called the DASH diet. I have been overweight all of my life and I thought "Here we go again diet"! But I have been on it for about a month now and it really works! I did my research and last week I received a Booklet from The Dept. of Human services.You can order a free one from NIH Publication No. 06-4083 I hope it helps you too!!!

I have had high blood pressure since age 19. Am now 67. It deferred me from the Viet-Nam era Selective Service draft so having it has not been all bad. I have "labile" hypertension so it varies dramatically on a daily basis even on meds.

Edward, do you ever experience symptoms of dizziness or headache from your labile hypertension? I have never met anyone with labile hypertension before so I am curious about it

Never headache, but I frequently experience symptoms of hypotension when standing from a seated position for example. Aerobic exercise can make me feel faint, even like I am blacking out. If I take med before running, I have to be careful to slow down to the finish point. I never know if dilating my arteries will take my BP too low,

Given that you have these complications, do you use beta blockers as your medication or do you use another type of medication?

No on betas as I am asthmatic, I take periodic low dose ACE Inhibitor and calcium channel blocker. Been on them a long time and they prevent going too high pretty well. I had also been on a simple diuretic but they cut that out some time ago.
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