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Old 05-24-2018, 01:35 PM
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Those of you that take medication what was the driving reason or how high was your BP when you decided to make the plunge. My doctor is trying to push me in that direction but I am reluctant. I average in the 103/85 range which used to be prehypertension but now that has changed to be called stage 1. I just hate the idea of taking medication for the rest of my life.
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Well if you cannot control your BP then you really do not have any alternative.
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120/80 is normal... you are low ?
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That bp sounds fine to me, but I'm not your doctor. The 85 could come down a little. I would try exercise first, but I've been on very high doses for ten years and so far have seen no effects.
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He probably meant 130/85
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I wouldn't think 103/85 would require medication. Mine was 160/110 before meds and now bounces between 110/80 and 105/70 with meds.
Don't know what your weight status is but I'd try a 5-10 lb weight loss first before going on meds to see if that gets your pressure lower.
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How old are you?

Was your pressure taken the standard way?
ie rest 15 mins pressure test with arm at heart height retest after 5 mins retest again after another 5 mins and record this result.

You can self test with machines such as the OMRON M5 . Many GPs here use them too.

Your GP must think something is going on?
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If I could lose weight I would probably be off the BP meds. lay off alcohol. 103/85 would not require meds I would think. I would be very happy. I am 120/80 with meds. My mother was as fit as you could be never ate much skinny very light drinker and had very high BP. Go figure.
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My BP in a relaxed state is great. 110/65... that's in the evening, relaxed and sometimes it has drop below 100/50's on rare occasion. My normal awake and in the morning is 130/80. heart rate is from the 50's to 80's

I'm 65 ... 6' and weigh 200lbs. I walk a lot. No health issues.

I know how to do biofeedback and can lower my pressure pretty fast. When I'm exerting my pressure can be quite high and that's when I need to do biofeedback.

I take 25mg of Losartan... which is considered a "maintenance" dose. I could do without it if necessary. My Dr. recommended it because I still dive. Keeps the blood vessels relaxed for increased blood flow. Better living through chemistry.
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Fluntuate between 145\120 to 83 ,\85 with 25 lbs . If you stop drinking vinc e ,you'd be normal jackwagon
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My Dr. told me that they are learning to be much more concerned about borderline high blood pressure than they were years ago. The reason I was told is that years of your blood pressure be slightly high can cause damage to the valves in your heart. If you can’t get it down with diet and excercixe and keep it down then meds are necessary.
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If mine drops much below 120/70 I have to go to bed. I have no energy.
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Originally Posted by Saltydawg15 View Post
Those of you that take medication what was the driving reason or how high was your BP when you decided to make the plunge. My doctor is trying to push me in that direction but I am reluctant. I average in the 103/85 range which used to be prehypertension but now that has changed to be called stage 1. I just hate the idea of taking medication for the rest of my life.

With those readings you have what is called pre-hypertension. Diet and exercise usually control this.
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(intake of sodium, fatty foods and processed foods such as starchy carbohydrates)
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Originally Posted by Saltydawg15 View Post
Those of you that take medication what was the driving reason or how high was your BP when you decided to make the plunge. My doctor is trying to push me in that direction but I am reluctant. I average in the 103/85 range which used to be prehypertension but now that has changed to be called stage 1. I just hate the idea of taking medication for the rest of my life.

With those readings you have what is called pre-hypertension (High normal). Diet and exercise usually control this.
Systolic reading of 103 is in the Normal range. Diastolic reading of 85 is in the Prehypertension range.
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Yes! Since age 33, 54 now and no I'll effects, Diovan dg then amlodipine last 3-4 years, small doses.
I'm 6 foot, 203 lbs and built like a basketball player- with a gut! Nothing like USMC 32+ years when I was 165, miss those days. Monitor closely, don't mess with it, follow the guidelines. All the best!
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Get your daily potassium intake up to the RDA of 4700 mg a day, lose some weight if obese, stop eating fried foods and processed foods, cut back on alcohol if you indulge often. You won't need meds
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If mine drops much below 120/70 I have to go to bed. I have no energy.
Some times mine is 90's/40's. Im down, but they say if I can live with it, keep on. Evert time my scripts are filled, they look at me like I have two heads.
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Your doc may be treating you for diastolic hypertension.

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Originally Posted by DavenFla View Post
He probably meant 130/85
thank you, yes a typo
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Old 05-24-2018, 07:16 PM
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I exercise,not over weight, could eat better, only drink on weekends. My issue is a year ago I was considered pre hypertension now they want to put me on drugs because a new study funded by the drug companies says it works.
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