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Old 09-06-2003, 05:15 PM   #1
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Question BP 140/80 pulse 72

My DR says that 140/80 is pretty good for a person 56 years female. I think 140 is a bit high. Should I be taking a med???? What do you think???

 
Old 09-06-2003, 07:14 PM   #2
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Hi- Do you monitor your BP at home ever? A reading of 140 systolic is high but am wondering if it just spiked in the doctors office, which is common. It may be much lower the rest of the day. It may be worth your while investing in a good home BP monitor before diving into the world of meds.

Your pulse is gorgeous.

Have to say though, that your doctor's complacency about 140 for your age is troubling. It's not okay. By no means is it dangerous at this point but it certainly needs to be watched, Meds don't seems warranted yet.... perhaps you could make some lifestyle changes instead.

Get a home cuff...take your own BP twice a day at the same time for a couple of weeks and see what you come up with. There are really good BP monitors you can buy at drug stores..self-inflatable arm-cuff, automatic. Don't get a wrist or finger monitor. They're not reliable.

Try reducing your sodium intake. Read labels carefully, and don't add table salt when cooking or eating. (Try not to exceed 2400 mgs sodium/salt a day...that's one teaspoon only (TOTAL for the entire day, whether in processed foods or added table salt) VERY TOUGH to follow this!) Get regular exercise, and lose weight if you are overweight.

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Old 09-07-2003, 05:35 AM   #3
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twocats,

Absolutely stay away from the lifetime of meds if at all possible; you're numbers are fine.

I agree with zuzu. Get a BP tester and keep a log for several weeks. Get a mid morning (never first thing) and mid evening reading after sitting quietly for 5 minutes.
Tally the average and see where it stands (probably lower than the doctor's reading.)

Then check it on a weekly basis. You can always go on the drugs mañana.



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