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Just to update... i talked to a friend of mine that is a paramedic and he said the medical term for what i have is widened pulse pressure. Basically you subtract your diastolic from your systolic and the remainder is your pulse pressure. Normal pulse pressure is around 40 (i.e. 120-80=40) My pulse pressure is usually between 70 - 90. I don't know what that means health-wise, but I did see that some causes of wide pulse pressure are vasodialating drugs (I'm on Benicar) and anxiety.

I guess for now I just will continue with diet and exercise and hopefully can get my bp down enough to get off meds.
[QUOTE=itsmikelol;3615377]At what point does antihypertensive treatment for your systolic pressure end up being dangerous for your diastolic pressure? I can't seem to find any good links about this. My systolic averages about 135. My diastolic is averaging under 60. Does anyone know about this or what I can do to bring the numbers closer together?

I have this same exact problem. My doctor wants me to double my amount of Benicar dose but i don't like how dizzy it makes me feel. Pretty scary really. My Diastolic is low enough as it is. Gets in the 60's but all my doc focus's on is my Systolic which is always in the 130 to 140 range. I'm 29 and active is can be. I run 3 to 5 miles a day lift weights, play basketball. I get no less than 2 hours of activity per day i don't want to bog myself down with drugs. I'd rather die in 20 years than live now all cautiously and lame pumped full of drugs that make me tired. Sad to say, But its how i feel.
Gim,

I'm with you entirely especially given your age. Being able to exercise is important too. About 6 months ago. there was a report that said the people who exercised were less likely to have a stroke even the whole group was on b/p meds & had their b/p controlled. Then I read this week in the Dr's column that only 39% of strokes are prevented with b/p meds. I was disappointed in that %.

Have you considered cutting back on the Benicar & adding HCTZ. You would only need 12.5mg. I find HCTZ has the least side effects especially fatigue. But you must eat well.
Fam
[QUOTE=famnd;3623398]Gim,

I'm with you entirely especially given your age. Being able to exercise is important too. About 6 months ago. there was a report that said the people who exercised were less likely to have a stroke even the whole group was on b/p meds & had their b/p controlled. Then I read this week in the Dr's column that only 39% of strokes are prevented with b/p meds. I was disappointed in that %.

Have you considered cutting back on the Benicar & adding HCTZ. You would only need 12.5mg. I find HCTZ has the least side effects especially fatigue. But you must eat well.
Fam

Honestly i haven't thought much about my BP in a few months. The only reason i'm back to worryin about it cuz i'm about to get on a plane for the first time of my life and i have underlying anxiety the past few weeks. But sadly i haven't done nearly enough research about how to control my BP. I just take my 20mg of benicar, exercise and eat sensibly and hope for the best. I honestly think my Systolic pressure being high is more to to with the fact that i'm hyper person. I got to go,go, go, you know..Problem is i get excited easy, upset easy and mad easy so i think thats the real problem. Relaxed my blood pressure can be low like 106/65 but at the doc i'm worked up with white coat syndrome and it will shoot way up. But i will look into HCTZ and see if it could help me.