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Are Almonds Good For High Blood Pressure
Just the opposite: Tree nuts are great for cardiovascular health. Some people's blood pressure can be sensitive to excess salt, so if nuts are salted blood pressure needs to be watched. Also all people with heart, liver or kidney failure need to avoid excess salt. But nuts are quite healthy. ...Read more
A blood pressure reading has two numbers: a systolic blood pressure and a diastolic blood pressure. The systolic blood pressure is the maximum pressure the blood exerts on the vessels when the heart is beating. The diastolic blood pressure is the pressure the blood exerts on the vessels in between heartbeats. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, begins when the systolic blood pressure remains above 140 or when the diastolic blood pressure remains above 90. Hypertension can be a result of increased blood flow through vessels or increased resistance to ...Read more
The effect on systolic BP (top number), is modest, and more thn on the diastolic (bottom number).
The effective dose may be higher than many people may want: equivalent to 4 cloves of raw garlic daily. Unknown if cooked or crushed/minced. Etc has same effect. Heating and releasing the sulfurous compounds (odor causing) affect the med effect.
This dose can cause gas, upset stomach, social probs. ...Read more
Garlic: Per http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/medical-edge-newspaper-2010/mar-12b.Html, there is evidence that garlic may lower lipid levels, “relax smooth muscles ; dilate blood vessels”. 1 study showed that intake of 200 to 400 mg of garlic extract 3 x/day “can lower blood pressure modestly.”. ...Read more
ECGC: Green tea contains a polyphenol called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (ecgc) which was shown in rats to decrease systolic blood pressure. A study by y.C. Yang indicated that consistent use of green tea can lower risk of developing high blood pressure. However, the caffeine in green tea may cause a blood pressure increase in some individuals. ...Read more
Ramipril and BP: Yes, ramipril is one of the drugs of the ace-i family and is an effective for lowering blood pressure. The hope study was published earlier showing it was effective not only lowering bp, but also reducing cardiovascular complications of hypertension. The response to its lowering BP and proteinuria (p) is dependent on its dosing. The higher the dose the more BP and p is reduced. Ask your doctor. ...Read more
Whitening?: Whitening? Are you questioning tooth whitening? If so shouldn't be a problem with high BP if the BP is well treated. ...Read more
It is Good!: Exercise has many cardiovascular benefits. A regular exercise program has been shown to be part of a successful weight reduction program, improve cardiovascular function and help reduce hypertension and its ill effects. However, since blood pressure normally rises with exercise those with severe hypertension may need a graduated, supervised and monitored program to start. ...Read more
Lifestyle changes: A combination diet rich in fruits, vegetables, legumes, and low-fat dairy products and low in snacks, sweets, meats, and saturated and total fat are the best foods to lower high blood pressure. Also, getting in at least 30 mins of cardiac exercise daily is extremely helpful. Limit your alcohol intake to no more than 2 drinks per day. Keep a healthy body weight/BMI. Best wishes. ...Read more
LOW SODIUM: The cornerstone of dietary management is to limit your daily sodium intake to 2000 mg. The key is to look out for high-sodium foods. For example, a fast food burger and fries can easily have over 2000mg of sodium, and that's just one meal! A specific diet that is available online is the DASH diet. Tried and true, very effective. ...Read more
Neither: There is little data that bittermelon is good or bad for hbp patients. ...Read more
Taking medication: Exercise and low salt diet, keeping your weight under control are very beneficial but you must take your medication regularly to avoid complications. ...Read more
Any exercises u can: You can do virtually any exercises you are physically able to do once your blood pressure is adequately controlled. Combination of weight-bearing and aerobic excercises offer better results than either alone, so if you can do both, then do both, do them all...If u are of advanced age and want to be extra safe, consult doc for possible exercise-test etc...Stay well/healthy. Good luck.. ...Read more
Wt loss, low salt: BP can improve w conservative measures and dietary (weight loss /low salt/low alcohol) approaches (see dash study/diet). This is important irregardless of meds used. If conservative measures insuff, meds include thiazide diuretics, and other choices (acei/arb/beta blockers/calcium channel blockers) are used particularly if compelling other problems exist. Rule out secondary HTN @ your age. ...Read more
Complex question: Depends on situation. For alzheimer's, cholinesterase inhibitors such as galantamine (galantamine hydrobromide) can help (really just slows decline). If adhd, stimulants can help (probably also helps those w/o adhd). If depressed, antidepressants help. But if anxious, benzos prob don't help memory. Some antiseizure meds like topamax don't help. Conventional wisdom says best is nutritious diet, exercise & quality sleep. ...Read more
Antihypertensive med: There are several good meds for treating high blood pressure. It depends on your insurance formulary's available options, but here are some categories of meds that you can check on: diuretic, beta blocker, calcium channel blocker, ACE inhibitor, angiotensin blocker, and others. Speak with your physician about which category is best for your particular medical history. ...Read more
I have seen have told me garlic pills help lower high blood pressure, along with working put and good diet is this true?
Diet ; Exercise: Reduced salt intake in the diet has been shown to be able to lower blood pressure by a few points. Daily exercise is important for almost every aspect of health including blood pressure. Unfortunately the effect of garlic pills is not scientifically proven. If blood pressure is abnormally elevated despite diet and exercise then it must be addressed with a doctor as medication may be needed. ...Read more
I'm a 57 year old women and my BP is 88 over 59, good or bad? I'm treated on meds for high blood pressure now, take meds daily
Too low: If your BP average is staying 88/59, your meds are too strong and should be tapered. ...Read more
My grandma has to take her pill for her high blood pressure. But when she sees that her pressure is good she does not take her pill. Is that dangerous?
Yes: Tell her that she should take her meds as directed everyday. ...Read more
Depends. . .: Most blood pressure (BP) medications haven't been tested per se in the elderly, much less the old old, say greater than 80-85yo. With that said, high BP increases risk for stroke, heart failure & even kidney failure. On the other hand, new research warns of an increase fall risk in elderly treated w/any BP lowering drug. So the best drug for any given individual depends upon discussion w/familydoc ...Read more
Blood pressure is a measurement of the force placed on the blood vessels and is comprised of the "systolic" pressure (the top number on a blood pressure meter) which is the peak pressure when the heart is pumping, and the "diastolic" pressure (the bottom number on a blood pressure meter) which is the pressure during the resting phase ...Read more
High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) (Definition)
Also known as hypertension, high blood pressure occurs when blood pressure is 140/90 or higher. A systolic blood pressure (top number) is the pressure the blood exerts on the artery when the heart is at maximum contraction and a diastolic blood pressure (bottom number) is the pressure the blood exerts on the artery when the heart is at maximum relaxation. ...Read more