Re: Advice about blood pressure pills
Taking BP meds may be for life for most people because they aren't able to get their pressure down otherwise. But it isn't necessarily for life. I'm a prime example. I took 30 mg Lisinopril for four years, then 10 mg for one year. I've been off them since January and my BP is averaging around 126/76 unmedicated. My high BP was largely stress related, that's why I've been able to get off it when I'm no longer so stressed. I think changed diet may have given it the final boost to get off it completely, too.
I had absolutely no side effects from the Lisinopril, so taking the pill was no big problem, except for my bad memory about taking it. Some people do experience side effects with it, though, but I wouldn't worry about it until it actually happens to you.
I'm with Pal, though. I wouldn't expect that meds are needed at that BP, and don't know how the enlarged heart influences the situation. That may make it more important to get the pressure down lower. So I'd go with the doctor's advice, but plan to get off the meds later. Losing the extra weight should help reduce your pressure so you won't need the meds.