It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....



High & Low Blood Pressure Message Board
Post New Thread   Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 09-14-2005, 05:12 AM   #1
Junior Member
(male)
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 14
CeeTee HB User
Climbing BP question

I have been on Lotrel 10/20 and Hydroclthiazid 25mg for about 9 months now. My BP was nice and low up until about 2 weeks ago (average around 110/75). Since then it has been steadly climbing. My bp now averages about 135/95 at this time.
I am 40 years of age, I don't smoke, I am very thin, and i'm a lite drinker. I'm single so my diet consist mostly of take out meals. My job is stressful but not excessively so. I live in a highly urbanized downtown area so most of my exercise consist of a fare amount of walking every day.
What could I do to get my numbers down to where they were 2 months ago? Should I up the dosage on the water pill or should I add a new med? Is it common for BP to increase even while on meds?

 
Old 09-14-2005, 07:00 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 228
redherring HB User
Re: Climbing BP question

Quote:
Originally Posted by CeeTee
I have been on Lotrel 10/20 and Hydroclthiazid 25mg for about 9 months now. My BP was nice and low up until about 2 weeks ago (average around 110/75). Since then it has been steadly climbing. My bp now averages about 135/95 at this time.
I am 40 years of age, I don't smoke, I am very thin, and i'm a lite drinker. I'm single so my diet consist mostly of take out meals. My job is stressful but not excessively so. I live in a highly urbanized downtown area so most of my exercise consist of a fare amount of walking every day.
What could I do to get my numbers down to where they were 2 months ago? Should I up the dosage on the water pill or should I add a new med? Is it common for BP to increase even while on meds?
You should see your doctor before upping your meds. You stated you eat a lot of take out meals. Take outs are usually high in sodium content (chinese food, mexican, pizza,etc) which can be counterproductive to getting your BP down. Have you looked at cooking healthy meals for yourself? I know this easier said than done, but it's more healthier and cheaper in the long run.

 
Sponsors Lightbulb
   
Old 09-14-2005, 01:13 PM   #3
Junior Member
(male)
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 14
CeeTee HB User
Re: Climbing BP question

Yeah, I know, my diet kind of sucks. But it's just so much easier to pick up some Chinese food on my way home from work and be done with it! I am looking into buying some frozen Buffalo patties (low fat alternative to beef) and eating that or chicken cutlets with baked potato and a veg. No salt of course.

What kind of effect do softdrinks like coke have on your BP? Also is beer (two bottles per night) too much for a Hypertensive?

 
Old 09-14-2005, 01:33 PM   #4
Veteran
(male)
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 309
GEORGEP HB User
Re: Climbing BP question

Chinese food is loaded with monsodium glutomate ( SALT) and most frozen prepared foods are also high in sodium. The walking is great exercise and many softdrinks have caffeine in them. Do you drink coffee? That can also raise your blood pressure. My doctor told me to switch to decaffienated coffee and tea. I don't drink soda so that is not a problem. I am a moderate drinker ( red wine) no more than two glasses at night and I have not noticed any problems from that so I doubt that two beers a night would be a problem but you should probably ask your doctor. Try having the beer every other night instead of every night and see if that makes a difference.

 
Old 09-14-2005, 02:53 PM   #5
Senior Veteran
(female)
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Washington coast
Posts: 1,341
Uff-Da! HB UserUff-Da! HB User
Re: Climbing BP question

It is possible that a couple of beers a night would raise your blood pressure, but probably only by a couple of points. The usual recommendation is that heavier men should drink no more than two beers (or glasses of wine or ounces of 100 proof spirits) a day and women and lighter weight men no more than one a day. And one cannot save up for a binge on weekends, either! Here is a link to one smaller study regarding that:

http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=3030243

Quote:
I am looking into buying some frozen Buffalo patties (low fat alternative to beef) and eating that or chicken cutlets with baked potato and a veg. No salt of course.
This sounds better than most take-out food, but really isn't the best for blood pressure control, either. Add a large salad (not just iceberg lettuce, but mainly things like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, zucchini, tomatoes, carrots, lettuce, lightly steamed asparagus, onions, garbanzo beans, green peppers, etc.) Also add a glass of skim milk or a cup of plain yogurt into which you have cut some fresh fruit. If you really feel you need the yogurt a bit sweeter, you can add just a little bit of sugar to it and still keep the sugar quantity far lower than you would if you buy the fruited yogurt.

The point is a good diet for blood pressure needs adequate potassium and calcium. About eight servings a day of vegetables and fruits and three servings a day of non-fat or low-fat dairy would provide that. If you choose not to have dairy, you need to deliberately choose vegetables which provide calcium but which don't have much oxalic acid (which blocks absorption of calcium). Broccoli is one good choice for this. Many leafy green vegetables, like spinach, have a lot of calcium, so it looks great when you look at a chart, but they have so much oxalic acid that you can't count on getting any good from that calcium.

Of course, if you prefer, you could get your calcium in the form of a supplement, but if you do so, make sure you also take magnesium and vitamin D at the same time or take it with a meal that has plenty of magnesium and D. These additional nutrients are required to properly absorb the calcium. My 73-year-old sister is a good example of the importance of that. She now has a very severe Dowager's hump and scoliosis and is in great pain as a result. Her comment to me recently was, "And to think I was taking a calcium supplement all those years! If I'd known I had to take magnesium with it, I probably wouldn't be in this shape." She had avoided dairy products because she is lactose intolerant. I, on the other hand, have no symptoms at all of osteoporosis at age 64. Though I, too, am lactose intolerant, I've continued to consume dairy products and just take a generic Lact-Aid with it.

 
Old 09-15-2005, 04:27 AM   #6
Junior Member
(male)
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 14
CeeTee HB User
Re: Climbing BP question

Why is potassium and calcium so important for people with high BP?

 
Closed Thread

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
Rapid increase in heart rate and shortness of breath when climbing stairs sampo Heart Disorders 1 08-11-2008 10:12 AM
climbing helps stiffness? seta37 Arthritis 1 06-28-2008 10:51 PM
question about climbing stairs Miggy Back Problems 4 08-31-2007 05:54 PM
climbing stairs health4all General Health 4 04-25-2005 09:51 PM
Climbing Stairs after foot surgery feetfirst Foot & Ankle Problems 4 04-17-2005 11:49 AM




Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




Join Our Newsletter

Stay healthy through tips curated by our health experts.

Whoops,

There was a problem adding your email Try again

Thank You

Your email has been added




Top 10 Drugs Discussed on this Board.
(Go to DrugTalk.com for complete list)
Atenolol
Benicar
Clonidine Cozaar
Diovan
  Lisinopril
Lotrel
Norvasc
Potassium
Toprol




TOP THANKED CONTRIBUTORS



Machaon (53), atengnr (48), JJ (35), soflsun (29), Flutterbye77 (17), flitz (16), flowergirl2day (16), zuzu8 (15), cartner (12), rudiraven (12)

Site Wide Totals

teteri66 (1136), MSJayhawk (941), Apollo123 (855), janewhite1 (823), Titchou (769), Gabriel (743), ladybud (667), sammy64 (666), midwest1 (654), BlueSkies14 (610)



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 03:51 PM.



Site owned and operated by HealthBoards.com™
Copyright and Terms of Use © 1998-2014 HealthBoards.comô All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!