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Blood Pressure Hold Medication
It depends.: A blood pressure is too low if a person feels light-headed or faint. For many patients a blood pressure below 100 systolic (the upper number in the blood pressure reading) is too low. However some patients with congestive heart failure may do better with a lower reading. A rapid drop in blood pressure may cause symptoms even though the reading may not be very low. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
My husband only takes his blood pressure medication on days when his blood pressure is high, is this ok?
Absolutely not!: The point and purpose of high blood pressure medication is to proactively keep your blood pressure low. It is not intended treating you high blood pressure sporadically. In fact, doing so can be dangerous and abruptly stopping can cause a dangerous rise in blood pressure. He needs to take it daily, as prescribed by his doc. (the first signs of untreated high pressure can be heart attack or stroke. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Lifesyle changes: Many times BP can be improved with a regular exercise plan and with dietary changes. Cardiovascular exercise is more important than weight training for this, one specific diet for this is known as the dash diet. Your doctor can help you choose the right plans for you. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends: Some blood pressure meds, mostly diuretics or "fluid pills", make you pee more, & should be taken in the morning to avoid having to wake at night to go to the bathroom. Other pills, particularly beta blockers & calcium channel blockers, may actually be more helpful taken at bedtime, because they can prevent irregular heart rhythms which happen more often 1st thing in the morning. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It depends: BP targets are generally set by a national group called the joint national committee, and they are getting ready to release jnc 8, an updated set of guidelines. Currently, they recommend a goal of under 140/90 if treated, except for those with diabetes or kidney disease, when the goal is under 130/80. Untreated BP is ideal at around 120/80, because heart risk goes up over 125/75. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Maybe: If your only problem is that your blood pressure is 135/88, then decreasing your salt intake, loosing some weight, and increasing your exercise should bring it down. If you are diabetic, then you need to go ahead and get started on an ace inhibitor, a type of blood pressure medicine that will also protect your kidneys from damage due to the diabetes. ...Read more
How can I lower my blood pressure when i get anxious without resorting to perscription medication?
Stress reduction: You sound wound up! you might enjoy your life more and also lower your BP by reading some books on stress reduction: yoga, transcendtal mediation, prayer, self-hypnosis - there are many stress reduction techniques that you can practice privately in public with no one but you aware that you're doing it. Breathin exercises, a mantra, or just a rehearsed script that you tell yourself when anxious. ...Read more
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