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Old 01-06-2005, 08:52 AM   #1
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Is this dangerous?

A friend of mine, (38 yr old male) just went to the doctor for a routine check-up, and his BP was 180/110. The dr. said he was a heart attack waiting to happen. His mother has high BP also.

What can he do to better manage this without going on medication? He's maybe 15 lbs overweight, and lives a fairly healthy lifestyle.

Thanks for your help!!

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Old 01-06-2005, 09:29 AM   #2
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Re: Is this dangerous?

180/110 is high no matter how you slice it. Some of it may be white-coat. Though, at that level, it will most likely be high even outside of the office. First off, he should purchase a home blood pressure monitor. He needs to monitor and see where his BP really is outside of the office. This is now recommended by the American Heart Association. See:

He can try some dietary things like sodium reduction, exercise, etc. Most likely he'll need meds unless that reading happened to be just some fluke.


Old 01-06-2005, 09:32 AM   #3
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Re: Is this dangerous?

Thanks Pal!

I'll let him know. He's very worried, and has two young children.

Old 01-06-2005, 10:51 AM   #4
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Re: Is this dangerous?

I once went for a checkup and the nurse measured me, measured again, got a different cuff and measured me, left the room, came back 5 minutes later, measured me, left, the doctor came in and measured me, and then he asked...."are you feeling all right?"...."Yep, just a little stressed from the day, why?"...."Well, your blood pressure is high"...."oh yeah, how high?"..."well, after resting in the room for a while, 190/140". HOLY COW.

I didn't fight the meds and neither should your friend...that is so high that even if he doesn't have a stroke or heart attack, he could be doing damage to kidneys, etc. Have him measure it several times over a few days to convince him it wasn't a random spike but even with spikes like that, I would be on something.

Tell your friend that he/she needs to heed the doctor's advice.


Old 01-06-2005, 11:03 AM   #5
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Re: Is this dangerous?

There also seems to be a link between untreated high blood pressure and Alzheimers. My mother had both and I do not want to go out that way.

Old 01-06-2005, 04:22 PM   #6
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Re: Is this dangerous?

Originally Posted by mgraylorn
There also seems to be a link between untreated high blood pressure and Alzheimers. My mother had both and I do not want to go out that way.
My grandmother also had both.

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