Originally Posted by snowbird171
My husband goes to the doctor today which I'm sure they will try to treat his with diet and excercise first.
I wouldn't bet on it. Where was that 157/110 reading from? Is that just an isolated reading? In a young person the 157 is easily just from anxiety. So, I wouldn't be too concerned about that. However, anxiety doesn't normally elevate diastolic by more than 10-20 points.
My husband has been trying for a new job so that may explain the stress and why his might have jumped. The bad thing being he can't go to work at this new place until he gets the high BP diagnosed and treated.
If he needs to get it down fast, he's going to need meds. If your doctor is going to prescribe meds, you might want to suggest an ARB (Diovan or Benicar are excellent choices). The normal protocol is to try everything else and complain about all the side-effects until you eventually get to an ARB. Also, avoid combo drugs for starters. If your doctor actually gets something like a 157/110 in his office, he may be inclined to give a two drug combo.
FWIW, I am taking Benicar 20 mg once a day. Aside from lowering my BP, the side-effects have actually been positive. I sleep better, excercise better and am losing weight. In the past, I had always resisted taking drugs - especially since my unmedicated BP (135/85) isn't all that bad.