Originally Posted by mitpatsmom
...She has always been very healthy and until last month, wasn't on any rx drugs.
She's been doing chelation off and on for several years and recently went to a wellness clinic at the grocery store where they told her that her bp was high.
A one time reading at a wellness clinic doesn't mean she has high blood pressure. Hypertension, based on the government's guidelines is based on 2 or more readings...and some additional criteria! Even if she was diagnosed with hypertension, lifestyle changes should have been the first course of treatment given your description of her health and no prior rx drugs.
I do not have any personal experience with chelation therapy. My personal opinion is this is an area in which charlatans congregate. I would be very, very wary of any treatment by someone professing expertise in this "field" of medicine. As with any treatment, be it traditional or non traditional, I would do some very serious research before actually doing anything!
But given your MIL's health, I would question if there actually was a bp problem, and if there was why lifestyle changes were not recommended. Do keep in mind that older people respond VERY differently to medications, and as a result there are more "prescribed" overdoses and deaths among the elderly than there are in our "experimental" young people.
But my question is: Is this the normal procedure when someone is dx'd with HBP? Should other tests have been run? Is it normal to prescribe a blood thinner |
(this med only alleviates symptoms, it doesn't cure anything) or are there better ways to treat this? ....
No, this is not normal procedure when someone is dx'd with hbp. It is not normal to prescribe a blood thinner. The first course of action is to prescribe lifestyle changes (unless there is something seriously amiss with the person's health). The better way to treat it would be to see if she really has high blood pressure...and if she doesn't no more need be done.
Although some health conditions necessitate blood thinners, taking blood thinners can have disasterous results...someone I knew who was on blood thinners (for legitimate health reasons), fell, and ended up having brain surgery because they couldn't stop the bleeding inside her head. This is not a medication your MIL should be taking if she doesn't have to take it....especially if she is dizzy and falls....too many risks, IMHO.