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    Old 09-20-2020, 05:16 PM   #1
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    Blood pressure

    I have been on seven blood pressure meds for 15 or more years. My BP is still high (avg. 170/85 ) I ended up in the ER with 274/175. My doctor has run blood test, urine test and has no idea. All of my numbers look great. Now she want to send me to a kidney specialist. Could it be that taking seven meds and still having BP issues could mean the medications may be counteracting each other? I am otherwise a healthy female, active, eating properly, exercising, and no smoking of course. I am at a loss what to do. My own doctor has given up.

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    Old 09-21-2020, 09:14 AM   #2
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    Hi kenneyhayes, sorry that you have unhealthy blood pressure!

    From 1998 through 2004, I suffered from chronically high blood pressure, all the time! I have been able to lower my blood pressure levels down to permanent healthy levels, mostly through a special diet and with almost no blood pressure medications!

    Following are my nasty, scary Blood Pressure averages, for each hour (1 thru 24 or 1am thru 12 midnight), Jan 2002 thru Dec 2003 (24 months, 2455 readings).

    Hr Sys Dia Nbr

    1 153/93, 10 readings
    2 143/93, 20
    3 144/94, 19
    4 146/97, 17
    5 152/98, 17
    6 153/100, 34
    7 157/101, 95
    8 145/92, 141
    9 140/89, 183
    10 143/91, 223
    11 146/93, 174
    12 148/94, 166

    13 151/98, 100
    14 152/97, 79
    15 153/96, 106
    16 149/94, 127
    17 148/93, 90
    18 150/95, 114
    19 152/96, 140
    20 158/100, 163
    21 162/102, 175
    22 164/104, 149
    23 159/100, 75
    24 154/100, 29

    Daily average: 151/96, 2455 readings

    These were my blood pressure readings during 2002 and 2003, by hour of day. Hour 1 is 1am (153/93) and hour 13 is 1pm (151/98). These were two long years of my blood pressure averaging 151/96 every hour of every day (based on 2,455 bp readings).

    Every night between 10pm and midnight (20-24), my diastolic averaged at least 100! I was scared out of my mind! I tried every different kind of blood pressure medication available and nothing worked!

    I am very lucky that I lived, or did not stroke out, during those years, especially considering that I was also dealing with Heart Failure, Permanent Atrial Fibrillation and Heart Valve Disease.

    My blood pressure now averages 122/72 every hour of every day, all the time. I am feeling better at age 76 than I did when I was 50 and am doing so well, I have stopped going to my cardiologist.

    How did I do this? A significant contributing factor was DIET. I went on a very healthy, small meal, frequent eating, low glycemic, ovo-vegetarian diet of 50% carbs, 30% fats and 20% proteins; with a total calorie load (less fiber) for the day of about 1400 calories. I have eaten around six small meals a day over the past 16 years! If I had a choice I would gladly and quickly go back to pizza and chicken wings and snacking and fast food and eating out. Fortunately, I found out what could greatly improve my health and my life and I stayed with it.

    A healthy diet can do wonders for one's health. It is a most powerful medicine. However... I would not expect many to go on a diet like this, unless they also have serious, life-threatening health problems, like me. I have to diet like this. If I stray off my diet, my symptoms get worse and my health gets worse.

    I had heart failure, so I HAD to take extreme measures! Fortunately, it worked for me and I feel great... old but great!
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    Old 09-21-2020, 10:00 PM   #3
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    Oh thank you for sharing this with me. I am 71 and I do not eat red beef, and I eat pretty healthy. My weight is good and sncaking has never been a problem for me. I was in a high stress job most of my life and have a bone disease, (that is under control), but I have not considered that diet would make that big a difference. I will check into that process. Thank you for your response.

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    Old 01-03-2021, 08:18 PM   #4
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    Hope you are doing better. Your doc may need to make a referral if the two of you can't get the med situation worked out. I was on one type that actually made my pressure go up at times, or fluctuate wildly. So keep communication going with your doctor.

    Also, do you do any low impact exercising, such as walking, weights, simple Tai Chi or Qigong? Meditation? Find something that can also help you to relax.

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    Old 02-04-2021, 02:20 PM   #5
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    Re: Blood pressure

    Can i ask what diet you followed? I'm working on my diet as well, cutting caffeine and minimizing salt and sugar. What carbs do you allow?

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    Old 02-19-2021, 10:58 PM   #6
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    Re: Blood pressure

    I bought a blood pressure meter and have found out my blood pressure tends to run high. I have been trying to exercise more and I ride my bike a good deal. This helps to keep it lower. I ride my bike at night as well, but at night I go easier. I ride my bike even if it's 20 degrees out and snowing as I have a fat tire bike. I am looking forward to warmer weather however.

    I am trying to lose another 10 pounds to get down to my more ideal weight. I have been eating more fruits and vegetables and avoiding heavily salted foods. I fast a fair amount and I take good quality vitamins and minerals as well as large doses of vitamin C. The vitamins have helped me get over fatigue problems I had last year that I thought were thyroid related

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