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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
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
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.: 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
Factors: Within reason you should watch your salt and alcohol intake. Watch the quantity and quality of the food you eat so you can maintain a healthy weight. Reasonable exercise. Then work with your provider to adjust and/or add medicines to control your pressure. Most people need more than one medicine, sometimes 3 or 4 depending on the person. ...Read more
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