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Breathing To Reduce 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
Exercise Blood Press:
I understand your concern for your Blood Pressure at young age.
Exercise can reduce the blood level of norepinephrine
which limits the vasoconstriction of the arterioles, allowing for less peripheral resistance to blood pressure.
At age 30, stressors of relationships, marriage, parenting, work and finances can cause high Blood pressure.
See your family physician and Psychiatrist. ...Read more
Usually...: Weight loss and exercise (which may or may not be applicability to you). Recognize that in some people (after complete medical evaluation) even after the above are met blood pressure remains high. In this case, even though it requires a pill, controlling blood pressure will give you more years to enjoy your life. ...Read more
Diet and exercise:
Watching your diet, specifically salt and salt derivatives are very important. Certain ethnic groups crave salt and use heavily salted food items because of the salt content.
Be careful of msg, used widely as meat tenderizer. Exercise moderately, but regular will also help. ...Read more
Depends: Too much will increase your blood pressure. A small to moderate amount might decrease it, but other factors (ex. Liver problems, dependence/addiction issues, cancer risk assoc with excess alcohol intake and even weight increase from calories in alcoholic beverages) should be factored into decision on if/how much alcohol to drink. Talk with your doctor about right amount for your health. ...Read more
Blocks Beta Receptor: A beta blocker is a category of medication that is used for blood pressure control and in heart disease. It blocks the beta adrenergic receptor in the heart and body. The mechanism of action for blood pressure control is not definitively established but is related to the drug decreasing the heart rate, decreasing heart contractility, and blocking the effect of Adrenalin on the blood vessels. ...Read more
You may need medical: High blood pressure needs an evaluation and possibly treatment from a doctor. If the BP is running over 140/90 when you are restful and calm, it requires treatment for which you should visit your doctor especially if you have multipme readings over several days show high blood pressure values. ...Read more
Hypertension: You can try low salt diet and exercise, along with meditation and yoga but if you have more than a borderline hypertension, you're better off doing those and consulting and doctor for medication. If good control is obtained and you're sticking to the diet, exercise, etc. Can always try to back off the drugs at that point. ...Read more
Probably not harmful:
Small study implied that higher ala levels in subjects taking flax seed improved their blood pressure. It was a very high amount of flax seed oil.
Would not expect a flax seed supplement to be harmful, although typically is more thought to improve lipid levels.
Would definitely keep an accurate BP log before, during, and after a trial of taking flaxseed oil. ...Read more
Diet and exercise: A healthy diet, low in sodium, combined with regular exercise, is a good way to bring down your blood pressure. The dash diet (http://www. Nhlbi. Nih. Gov/health/public/heart/hbp/dash/new_dash. Pdf) is really good for bringing down blood pressure. Daily exercise, like walking 30 minutes a day, will also help. ...Read more
Get help: Take the medicines your doctor prescribes religiously. ...Read more
It's possible!: Depends on the reason for your blood pressure elevation. However, there are several things you can do. Idealize your weight, aerobic exercise-such as brisk walking for about 40 minutes daily and reduction of sodium (salt) in your diet. In some cases, reduction in dietary carbohydrate results in some further reduction as well as weight reduction. This may result in up to 15% reduction. ...Read more
I understand that most blood pressure and statin drugs reduce cv risk by about 20-30%. My question is what about the other 70-80%?
Risk: Drugs are usually quoted in decreasing relative risk rather than absolute risk, this makes their effects sound more impressive. To decrease risk significantly requires taking care of multiple risk factors to get their additive benefits. Rarely do we get to high numbers of reducing absolute risk however. ...Read more
What do you advise if I'm walking 6 km/hour in morning every day. Is this enough to reduce my blood pressure. Or any other medicine needed?
How can I help my husband reduce blood pressure 157/109. We tried taking salt out he is very active ride bikes heavy lift at work he is 5'11 250lbs?
Many ways...: Numerous things that can make high blood pressure worse including ibuprofen (NSAIDs), diet, smoking, other medications like birth control pills. Often high blood pressure is categorized as 'benign'. given your age you should see your doctor if you truly have high blood pressure for additional work up. High blood pressure can improve with dietary changes (low salt) and weight loss (if obese) ...Read more
Lifestyle changes: Lifestyle modifications are essential to treating hypertension. Weight loss, smoking cessation, decrease in alcohol consumption, exercise, low sodium diet (2400 mg/day) which is very difficult, a diet rich in potassium and vegetables. These are all extremely important measures. If these are ineffective, medications are usually needed. ...Read more
Get physician advice: Weight loss (if overweight) and cardio exercise can help. As will reducing excessive alcohol. Nsaids and stimulant drugs can increase bp, and should be stopped. There are many drugs for hypertension, depending on patient characteristics like presence or absence of age, heart disease, diabetes, kidney damage, asthma/copd, osteoporosis and others. Your physician can advise on the best options. ...Read more
High blood pressure: In many cases blood pressure medication may be used initially to help to control blood pressure elevation especially if the patient has risk factors. These include family history, diabetes, high cholesterol, and obesity. Other steps that you may take now include adequate sleep, exercise, smoking cessation, and weight loss. Other alternative treatments include meditation, yoga, tai chi, and even acupuncture. Regardless of what steps to take, I recommend getting a detailed instruction from your primary care provider. ...Read more