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Breathing To Lower Blood Pressure
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
Blood Pressure Treat: Calming exercises involving slow deep breathing e.g. Yoga and meditation performed consistently decrease mental stress and calm the autonomic system - both that have a part to play. Lifestyle changes e.g. Losing weight, exercising regularly, decreasing sodium (salt) intake, avoiding alcohol and stimulants such as caffeine, getting enough sleep, treating sleep apnea also help. ...Read more
On medicine to lower blood pressure. It's running 101-106 / 62-58 and heart rate is 39-41. I feel like I am having some pressure breathing. Normal?
Heart rate is low: Your heart rate seems unusually low. Any side effect with any medication is possible. Also, some blood pressure medications, like beta-blockers, can induce asthma in those with a history of this. You should discuss symptoms further with your doctor to see if a change in medication might suit you better. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Breathing exercises: One non-drug technique is using resperate, a device that trains you to lower your rate of breathing. It has been shown to lower blood pressure, though it is temporary (as are drugs!); you have to keep using it for it to continue to be effective. There is also research on tai chi lowering blood pressure as well as yoga and meditation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Relax: There are things called vagal maneuvers that can very temporarily decrease filling to the heart and force of heart squeeze. They can be profound enough to cause you to pass out from low blood pressure. But i don't think that's what you're going for. In terms of non-drug interventions, relaxation is the fastest. This can be meditation or breathing exercises. ...Read more
Obviously : Obviously with medication. If you have high blood pressure and have not been treated please see your doctor right away. Otherwise, losing weight, decreasing your salt intake, decreasing stress can all lower your blood pressure. The "quickest" way is actually medication, however some patients find if they lay down in a dark room, relax, and focus on their breathing, this can lower thwir blood pressure pretty quickly. Take care. ...Read more
Depends: Hi. If you're obese or overweight, weight loss may lower BP. Regular exercise may help lower BP. Weight loss is easier said than done, however. The most direct and proven means is to take BP meds ("antihypertensives"). Personally, I would never put off treating high BP with the hope that weight loss or exercise might control it. High BP injures and kills. Ask your doc. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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