... Blood pressure medications lower the blood pressure by an average of 6-7 points systolic and 4-5 points diastolic. You are on two medications, which could lower your blood pressure down to around 185/110 at the highest and down to 145/80's on average.
Caffeine and smoking are huge causes of high blood pressure, so your bp medications have to fight twice as hard to get over... (4 replies)
... Beewee, you might find something interesting in my daily, hourly blood pressure patterns.
My average BP for 2003 was 151/96 based on 1032 readings. Pretty awful for having worked hard on lowering my blood pressure for FIVE years! :( Thousands of readings, many medicine changes, diet changes, environment changes, and yet, the net fruit of my labor was an average blood... (8 replies)
... Hi Bob! :wave:
Since 1998, I've taken, and entered into a dbase database, about 31,000 blood pressure readings. For all of those 31,000 readings, I never took my blood pressure more than once.
As a result I was able to lower my average blood pressure from 152/97, in 1998, on 1016 readings to 124/72, in 2009, on 2682 readings; mostly thru diet.
In 1998, I was very... (3 replies)
... As we age, our immune systems, hormonal systems and metabolism age and can become unstable, especially if we don't have sufficient daily exercise and don't have a very healthy diet. So... it is not a complete surprise when someone experiences uncomfortable, troubling symptoms during the aging process.
I've had heart failure since 1987. My left and right atria are... (1 replies)
... There really isn't much difference between the two. Neither reading is really that bad.
In that past, the 134/80 would have been considered the better reading. The gold standard used to be 140/90. And, the focus was more on diastolic blood pressure. And, this was because the systolic can vary so much. Also, white coat (anxiety) tends to influence the systolic more. ... (7 replies)
... Thanks for the info guys :) My numbers are now ranging between the two numbers I put up :) I wasn't sure if one set was better than another.
I notice every time my systolic is 'high' in the 130's my diastolic always goes low - like, it will hit the 80 - 84 marks but, if my systolic is normal (hitting 120-124) my diastolic always rest at about 90-93 :confused:
what is... (7 replies)
... I guess I expected it to work immediately. I did put an app on my phone to track my bllood pressure and I will follow your advice. This whole thing is insane. I have cut down salt and pretty much stopped the caffiene. I had cut back on it, but now I'm stopping it. We are going to buy a treadmill, too.
I haven't gotten my prescription from the VA so I am taking my husband's... (3 replies)
Just keep watching...122/90 won't hurt you for a VERY long time, if ever. Wait it out.
Like Michael said, why not try a low salt diet and see what it does?
Distolic hypertension is usually seen in the young. As we age and arteries become stiffer the scenario is normal diatolic and rising systolic. (3 replies)
122/90 is a good start without the medication, your diastolic is a little high so I guess you are young? young people have high diastolic and they people age the opposite happens, they get high systolic. I guess if you exercise, stay away from takeaway and salt, eat healthy diet and stay in a good shape with a good weight you will not need the medication.
Note that... (3 replies)
... Hi Everyone,
Well it's been one week without meds and my BP is still hovering around 122/90. I know my doctor said to contact him if it gets the 150/100 zone, but I'm wondering if my current BP is unhealthy and if it will cause damage in the long run. If it doesn't lower should I go back on Lisinopril?
Another question, my systolic seems to be normal and my diastolic... (3 replies)
... before while taking Inderal LA 80mg 1x a day. I took Lexapro for a few weeks and that made my heart rate go from 90 to 60 which is very low for me. Then my blood pressure got higher from the Lexapro. ... (19 replies)
... Checking in again. My bp numbers today ran from a 122/90 taken by a nurse friend of mine to my machine's readings: 139/90, 143/98, 137/94 and 128/88. Who knows?! I was reading in the news that heart attacks have some sort of correlation with tooth and gum problems or something... I am getting so cynical about the medical profession that I just have to ask: Was this... (110 replies)
... Thank you both for your replies. I did check out the website & have registered there. It suggested setting a quit date for three weeks, but I've really got my mind made up and tomorrow is my "quit day". I'm going through the site though and writing tips/tricks/advise in a "quitters notebook" for me. I also wrote a letter to myself that explains why I am quitting so maybe... (18 replies)
... Most of the stuff I've read seems to indicate that it is an indicator of stiff blood vessels. Here's a quote that is pretty typical:
While I can agree that it is probably better to have a lower pulse pressure, I'm not sure I buy the explanation that it is caused by aterial hardening. I think cardiac output is also a factor.
This probably applies more to the elderly. ... (7 replies)
... Mine usually go up or down in tandem so I can't really guess. Scout. (7 replies)
... It is pretty normal. I am not when I have white-coat, because my Systolic will be 50 points higher usually. At the doc. it can be 78 points higher at times. Don't stress so much Scout. You are getting good #'s. Get a good GP that won't over-medicate you & live life. Peace. (7 replies)
... Like pal said there has been a sea change in the thinking. DIstolic used to be the enemy because the thought was that the short term PULSE that is the systolic was much less significant than the LOOONG rest period of the diastolic. This might still pertain in the young.
As we age, the vascular tree stiffens, (hardens if you will...or worse CONGESTS with plaque:(:(:() and the... (7 replies)
... I agree with Palamedes. They both aren't that bad. Palamedes, why is pulse pressure so important??? If I have 116/66 (pulse pressure would be 50), what does it show that might be of concern as opposed to 120/80 (pulse pressure 40). Thanks. (7 replies)
... Which of these two readings is 'better' and why?
Could smeone explain this to me? Thanks
Scout (7 replies)
PVC's are palpatations (skipped beats) they feel like your heart stops for a second then starts again. From my understanding what actually happens is on one beat your heart only fills half full of blood and then makes up for it by beating harder on the next beat or two. I did breast feed for about a week and my internist said that could have also stimulated hormone... (10 replies)