Re: Temporary and apparently very high blood pressure?
I think your analysis is reasonable. I'm surprised your Dr dosen't seem concerned as your lower number (diastolic) is always above 90, which is stage 1 hypertension.
Hypertension must be treated as it will cause organ failures and damage cardiac health.
Was one of the blood tests a CRP high-sensitivity (inflammation) test? If so what was your CRP number? If you didn't get this test you might want to.
So yes pursue this further. Do you watch Dr Oz on tv? If not, start watching and watch his archived tv shows about BP and heart health. The ideal BP is 115/75. Of course it can go up high temporarily, but resting average should be not much higher. Averaging above 140/90 is hypertension.
You need to act now. Already maybe had eye blood vessels burst. Don't wait any longer, I'd say you need to take action now to get your BP down. If you don't know why/how BP goes high, you need to start reading and researching as much as you can.
In most cases BP can be brought down to normal with lifestyle changes and nutrition/supplements. A key factor is being over weight. Another is exercise. Another is stress. Another is diet. Eating whole foods like salads, veggies and fruits (good)? Or eating standard American diet fare (pasta, bread, beef, fried, etc). Bad. Look up DASH diet. It was designed to lower BP. Research supplements known to help lower BP.
You have a decision to make. Crash course NOW, ASAP and DO IT, in lowering BP naturally with lifestyle, diet, exercise, stress management? Or start on some BP meds? Meds are brute force chemicals that will lowering your BP, but have significant side effects.
Here's the thing about standard practice Dr's. They don't have time or resources to teach, track, and monitor the non-med natural approach to lowering BP. However, holistic Dr's do.
Either way, meds or natural approach, you need to act to get your average below 140/90 average daily. And then don't stop there, get it below 130/80. Then don't stop there- get it into the 120s/70's range. Meds can do that fast, but will have side effects you may not tolerate. Natural approach can work too but takes longer- 3-6 months, and that's only if you are 100% committed. Requires drastic changes in weight control, diet, exercise and stress management. take care
Last edited by easygoingguy; 04-30-2012 at 10:07 AM.