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maglib, I am sorry that your son is faced with health issues. I'm sure it is not only stressful for him, but also for your entire family. If your untiring determination to help him was medication, he would have been cured by now!

I had difficult to treat, chronically high blood pressure. I also had Heart Failure. As I got progressively worse, and was very sickly, I knew if I did not get my blood pressure down to healthy levels, I would not survive.

So... I set out to find out why my blood pressure was so high all of the time.

I'm going to share a bit of my own struggle and success against unhealthy blood pressure just in case you can make use of the information.

I started taking my blood pressure about seven times per day, in 1998. I now have about 31,000 blood pressure readings stored in my database, where I have been able to do charts by hour, day, week, month and year. I learned enough about the causes of my blood pressure so that I could achieve permanent healthy blood pressure 24 hours per day, year after year.

[U]Here is a crude chart showing my average [U]diastolic[/U] blood pressure from 1998 thru 2010.[/U]

yr _________70________80________90_______100

1998 ____________________________________*
1999 _______________________________*
2000 _______________________________*
2001 _______________________________*
2002 __________________________________*
2003 __________________________________*
2004 ____________________________*
2005 ________________________*
2006 ________________*
2007 ___________*
2008 _________*
2009 _________*
2010 ________*

So, as you can see, my average diastolic reading for 1998 was close to 100 ALL THE TIME! For 1999 thru 2003, my diastolic was consistently 95 or higher. From 2007 thru current my average diastolic, all day and night long, has been in the lower 70's.

I'm going to now show my blood pressure ranges, by hour of the day, so you can see how much someone's blood pressure can vary all day long. I don't know if you will be able to make use of any of this information, but I'll post it just in case. If you can't use the information, just ignore it!

My first set of blood pressure readings are from the year 2003, summarized by hour. Hour 1 represents 1am and hour 24 represents 12 midnight.

I've listed the hour, the number of blood pressure readings, the average blood pressure for each hour, the minimum blood pressure, and the maximum blood pressure for each hour.

To read the data, let's look at hour 22, which is 10pm, the 22nd hour of the day. The readings show that for the entire year of 2003, there were 60 blood pressure readings at 10pm and the average blood pressure of all of the 10pm blood pressure readings during 2003 was 163/103, and the minimum blood pressure for all of the 60 blood pressure readings at 10pm during 2003 was 134/83 and the maximum blood pressure that I had during the entire year of 2003, at 10pm was 188/119.

My average blood pressure for all of 2003 was 151/96. As can been seen, my problem was not with extremely high blood pressure, in the 200s, but with constantly high blood pressure all day long for the entire year. This, by the way, continued until 2006, when I was finally able to get my blood pressure down to much healthier levels. I am extremely lucky that I survived all those years of high blood pressure, heart failure and permanent Atrial Fibrillation!

In contrast, the close monitoring of my Blood Pressure, and the reduced spending on my health care has resulted in significantly reduced blood pressure and much better health. My Blood Pressure average for all of 2008 was 122/72, based on 2543 readings.

[U]Average blood pressure readings for 2003: (when too high!)[/U]

Hour (subtract 12 starting with the 13th hour for PM time.)

[LIST=1]
[*]Readings 3 Average 141/86 Minimum 125/74 Maximum 157/101
[*] Readings 6 Average 144/90 Minimum 133/75 Maximum 154/100
[*] Readings 7 Average 143/93 Minimum 128/84 Maximum 159/101
[*] Readings 7 Average 151/98 Minimum 140/82 Maximum 162/106
[*] Readings 8 Average 150/97 Minimum 117/76 Maximum 177/110
[*] Readings 16 Average 153/100 Minimum 141/88 Maximum 172/108
[*] Readings 54 Average 158/102 Minimum 127/83 Maximum 182/112
[*] Readings 83 Average 147/93 Minimum 109/68 Maximum 180/108
[*] Readings 80 Average 139/88 Minimum 108/70 Maximum 168/106
[*] Readings 88 Average 143/90 Minimum 108/73 Maximum 167/107
[*] Readings 71 Average 147/94 Minimum 128/78 Maximum 184/110
[*] Readings 73 Average 148/95 Minimum 120/71 Maximum 172/119
[*] Readings 39 Average 151/96 Minimum 135/84 Maximum 178/114
[*] Readings 21 Average 148/92 Minimum 130/78 Maximum 175/102
[*] Readings 41 Average 152/94 Minimum 126/83 Maximum 176/111
[*] Readings 59 Average 146/92 Minimum 122/74 Maximum 179/114
[*] Readings 37 Average 147/93 Minimum 130/78 Maximum 164/102
[*] Readings 46 Average 152/95 Minimum 132/76 Maximum 174/110
[*] Readings 64 Average 155/99 Minimum 111/76 Maximum 179/115
[*] Readings 71 Average 162/101 Minimum 128/89 Maximum 185/116
[*] Readings 75 Average 163/102 Minimum 135/81 Maximum 187/118
[*] Readings 60 Average 163/103 Minimum 134/83 Maximum 188/119
[*] Readings 19 Average 156/98 Minimum 135/81 Maximum 179/114
[*] Readings 4 Average 145/97 Minimum 128/87 Maximum 153/103
[/LIST]

[B]All of 2003[/B]: Readings=1032; Average=151/96; Minimum=108/68; Maximum=188/119

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[U]Average blood pressure readings for 2008: (when healthy)[/U]

Hour (subtract 12 starting with the 13th hour for PM time.)

[LIST=1]
[*]Readings 9 Average 131/73 Minimum 110/62 Maximum 141/82
[*] Readings 10 Average 122/73 Minimum 107/63 Maximum 135/80
[*] Readings 12 Average 126/73 Minimum 109/59 Maximum 144/85
[*] Readings 22 Average 125/73 Minimum 101/62 Maximum 148/85
[*] Readings 52 Average 123/71 Minimum 100/56 Maximum 147/81
[*] Readings 171 Average 120/69 Minimum 85/52 Maximum 145/98
[*] Readings 225 Average 112/66 Minimum 89/50 Maximum 145/84
[*] Readings 180 Average 110/65 Minimum 78/45 Maximum 143/84
[*] Readings 157 Average 118/71 Minimum 85/48 Maximum 150/92
[*] Readings 155 Average 118/70 Minimum 86/51 Maximum 159/89
[*] Readings 118 Average 120/71 Minimum 93/51 Maximum 146/91
[*] Readings 150 Average 121/72 Minimum 80/54 Maximum 154/90
[*] Readings 87 Average 125/74 Minimum 105/58 Maximum 149/93
[*] Readings 172 Average 126/75 Minimum 98/52 Maximum 154/88
[*] Readings 75 Average 126/75 Minimum 101/57 Maximum 148/94
[*] Readings 165 Average 128/75 Minimum 99/51 Maximum 150/95
[*] Readings 86 Average 131/78 Minimum 101/52 Maximum 160/98
[*] Readings 185 Average 129/76 Minimum 98/59 Maximum 151/96
[*] Readings 110 Average 129/76 Minimum 105/58 Maximum 152/86
[*] Readings 185 Average 126/74 Minimum 96/56 Maximum 158/88
[*] Readings 114 Average 125/74 Minimum 100/57 Maximum 152/88
[*] Readings 84 Average 125/72 Minimum 103/56 Maximum 148/84
[*] Readings 12 Average 127/72 Minimum 101/54 Maximum 142/85
[*] Readings 7 Average 120/70 Minimum 108/64 Maximum 133/76
[/LIST]
For [B]all of 2008[/B]: Readings: 2543 Average: 122/72 Minimum: 78/45 Maximum: 160/98

The very first breakthru in lowering my blood pressure was after I started on a diet targeting Insulin Resistance, which is a Pre-Diabetes condition. Usually doctors do not test for this condition, even though about 25% of Americans suffer from Insulin Resistance.

It was only after I went on a diet targeting Insulin Resistance, that I experienced dramatic improvements to my health. Insulin Resistance is a Pre-Diabetes condition, and usually doctors do not test for this condition, even though about 25% of Americans suffer from Insulin Resistance.

I documented on Healthboards, during the time I first started the diet, in January 2005, on a thread, I called, [B][COLOR="Blue"]Does an "Insulin Resistance" diet improve blood pressure?[/COLOR][/B] At that time, I did not really know if I would continue to improve, or continue to get worsening heart failure. The link to that thread is: [INDENT][B][U][COLOR="DarkOliveGreen"]http://www.healthboards.com/boards/showthread.php?t=242229[/COLOR][/U][/B][/INDENT]

The bottom line for me is that it took me from 1998 thru 2004, or eight years, of closely monitoring my blood pressure, before I was able to get my blood pressure down to healthier levels.

Best of luck with your son's health. I hope that something in this post is of some use to you.

Take care... :wave:





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