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Hi all, I haven't posted in awhile. I'm curious about/interested in people's reasons for wanting to avoid bp meds at all costs. I think I understand that side effects can bear significantly on this decision, but when it's your heart -- your essence -- at stake, for me it's worth anything to: #1 get the bp down, and only then: #2 figure out the lifestyle stressors and/or genetic predispositions that may be causing the bp problem. In short: Get the bp down by whatever means are necessary -- and only then start looking for causes and alternative treatments.

In my case, I have a significant genetic predisposition. My mom died of a heart attack at 43 in 1974 -- back in the dark ages when high bp in women was dismissed by doctors, who assured women that high bp was a "man's problem." Knowledge has come a long way since then.

So I knew that I was predisposed, but nevertheless I wasn't prepared to face it in my 40s. But when my bp started creeping up in my late 40s (I'm 49 now) around menopause, I jumped on it. I take 50 mg atenolol (beta blocker) and 4 mg mavik (ACE inhibitor) every day and it controls me pretty well -- my readings are around 145/85 -- not optimal, but within the "livable" category. I lead a pretty healthy lifestyle -- eat a good, low fat diet, exercise moderately. I'm 5' 6" and about 15 lbs overweight. My vice is that I enjoy wine and have it every day.

I know from these postings that a lot of people don't like atenolol. For me, however, it's the backbone of my treatment, because my main bp trigger was anxiety, and atenolol neutralizes that.

I'd love to hear other people's opinions.
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Hi all, I haven't posted in awhile. I'm curious about/interested in people's reasons for wanting to avoid bp meds at all costs. I think I understand that side effects can bear significantly on this decision, but when it's your heart -- your essence -- at stake, for me it's worth anything to: #1 get the bp down, and only then: #2 figure out the lifestyle stressors and/or genetic predispositions that may be causing the bp problem. In short: Get the bp down by whatever means are necessary -- and only then start looking for causes and alternative treatments.

In my case, I have a significant genetic predisposition. My mom died of a heart attack at 43 in 1974 -- back in the dark ages when high bp in women was dismissed by doctors, who assured women that high bp was a "man's problem." Knowledge has come a long way since then.

So I knew that I was predisposed, but nevertheless I wasn't prepared to face it in my 40s. But when my bp started creeping up in my late 40s (I'm 49 now) around menopause, I jumped on it. I take 50 mg atenolol (beta blocker) and 4 mg mavik (ACE inhibitor) every day and it controls me pretty well -- my readings are around 145/85 -- not optimal, but within the "livable" category. I lead a pretty healthy lifestyle -- eat a good, low fat diet, exercise moderately. I'm 5' 6" and about 15 lbs overweight. My vice is that I enjoy wine and have it every day.

I know from these postings that a lot of people don't like atenolol. For me, however, it's the backbone of my treatment, because my main bp trigger was anxiety, and atenolol neutralizes that.

I'd love to hear other people's opinions.

everyone has different experiences on Atenolol it seems. Like you I had a lot of anxiety when I went on it, but it made me fel absolutely awful and i had chest pains on it, which are rare apparently, but the last straw was when I started gaining weight on it! I was already overweight with the need to lose weight to hopefully lower my BP. It felt like the drug was working against me in every way possible. I'd never go it again, personally. But like I say, many people on this board have no problems with side effects on it at all, lucky them, it put me off trying drugs again unless that was my final option.

They did a lot of tests on me in the hospital and quite a few on my heart, which all came back in 'great condition' I kind of rely on that being the case to get me through weight loss. I'm probably in a minority of people on this board who would prefer to not take meds first, but there are a few others like me out there as I've read their threads and they say a similar thing to me and are pretty desperate to try everything possible before going on meds.

Hope this helps.. :)