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Is soaking in epsom salt bad for people who have high blood pressure?

Is soaking in epsom salt bad for people who have high blood pressure?

Nope: Epsom is a magnesium salt, not a sodium salt. Indeed, it can actually lower blood pressure (not that the warm bath doesn't do a bit of that itself). Enjoy. ...Read more

Dr. Patricia Foster
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Hypertension (Definition)

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


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If I ingest salt, can that lessen my high blood pressure?

If I ingest salt, can that lessen my high blood pressure?

Potassium can: Sodium salts will worsen high blood pressure. Foods rich in potassium salts seem to improve it. Check out the dash diet. ...Read more

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Do you have to take take salt to rehydrate, even if you have high blood pressure?

Do you have to take take salt to rehydrate, even if you have high blood pressure?

No: If some one is dehydrated simply consumiing water will do. If needed in fluids can be given. ...Read more

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Can someone with high blood pressure eat something with distilled vinegar in it? And does distilled vinegar have salt in it?

Can someone with high blood pressure eat something with distilled vinegar in it? And does distilled vinegar have salt in it?

Vinegar ok for hi BP: Someone with high blood pressure should be able to eat food containing distilled vinegar, although moderation is important in all things. Distilled vinegar should have only trace amounts of salt. ...Read more

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Dr said I have high blood pressure and I must avoid salt in foods. Besides this, what can I add to my diet to control my blood pressure?

Dr said I have high blood pressure and I must avoid salt in foods. Besides this, what can I add to my diet to control my blood pressure?

Insuff Info: Many people have high BP when seeing doctor. U R 27, kind of young for Hypertension. How much salt do U take in, what do U eat that is salty? Are UR Kidneys, electrolytes normal. What kind of Doctor was He/She. In any case you usually don't add to diet to lower BP, you remove from diet. I need you to rephrase the question before I can answert. What is it that you R eating that may have too much s ...Read more

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I have weight gain and high blood pressure if eat anything salt. Will sensitivity get worse?

I have weight gain and high blood pressure if eat anything salt. Will sensitivity get worse?

Yes. More salt: bad: More doctors are emphasizing the avoidance of salt. The pritikin program (very famous) is emphasizing the problems with blood pressure and heart disease with excess salt. Weight gain (both obesity and fluid retention) sometimes comes with eating salty food. Avoid adding salt. Look at salt content in the foods you eat. ...Read more

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I got high blood pressure and I went to my doctor he say it might be high cause of salt so how do I bring it down?

I got high blood pressure and I went to my doctor he say it might be high cause of salt so how do I bring it down?

Follow your Doctor: I would take the medication as prescribed by your physician. If you are overweight and/or are not exercising then both of those life style choices have to be changed for the better. Eat less sugar and less salt. ...Read more

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How can I control my high blood pressure when I crave salt?

How can I control my high blood pressure when I crave salt?

Diuretic: A diuretic will lower your blood pressure and help you excrete excess salt. You could also try a salt substitute. Always taste your food before you salt it, and then use the smallest amount you find satisfying. ...Read more

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What to do if I have high blood pressure, should I eat salt free food?

What to do if I have high blood pressure, should I eat salt free food?

High BP: Optimal Diet for hypertension is called the DASH diet. This is a salt free diet that is dominated by fruit, veggies, whole grains, very lean meats of modest portions, no saturated fat, fish, no fried foods, minimal sugar, minimal bread, minimal muffin, etc and minimal pasta. Fruit and veggies can help lower BP with magnesium and potassium. Achieve ideal weight; don't smoke; exercise twice daily; ...Read more

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Why is it bad for a person with high blood pressure to eat a lot of salt?

Why is it bad for a person with high blood pressure to eat a lot of salt?

Fluid retention.: Salt causes fluid retention because the sodium is higher and it causes the serum osmolality to be higher, which brings in more water to the vessels of the body. This makes the blood pressure higher and the body must excrete more fluid to get it lower. So salt intake must be minimal. It also helps to give a diuretic as this increases urine exretion and so lowers blood pressure. ...Read more

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I am currently taking meds for high blood pressure, but recently I have had cravings for salt. Why is this? Is this a bad combination?

I am currently taking meds for high blood pressure, but recently I have had cravings for salt. Why is this? Is this a bad combination?

Low salt diet: Yes, salt and high blood pressure can be a bad combination. Persons with high blood pressure are encouraged to follow a low salt diet. Too much salt can raise your blood pressure. ...Read more

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I have high blood pressure. I understand that I have to reduce salt. Are there other food or veritable that I can be taking to reduce salt in the body?

I have high blood pressure. I understand that I have to reduce salt. Are there other food or veritable that I can be taking to reduce salt in the body?

Food for HTN: Great question: low salt, low saturated fat, low cholesterol, 8 servings of colored fruit and vegetables daily, pomegranates, tomato, kiwi, spinach, kale, low animal protein (4 - 5 oz per day of meat, fish, poultry only). Don't smoke. Drink 3 liters fluid per day. Minimize caffeine. Look up DASH Diet. ...Read more

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I had high blood pressure in the 150s was put on bp meds so I stop eating salt for one year and exercise now I get lightheaded when standing help.

I had high blood pressure in the 150s was put on bp meds so I stop eating salt for one year and exercise now I get lightheaded when standing help.

Check again: Go get your BP checked again. Your diet and exercise changes may have improved your BP to the point you no longer need the medicine. Nice work! Good luck! ...Read more

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I have high blood pressure. Doctor advised that I must change my lifestyle. What can I do to lower it? Doctor advised eat less salt and excersize. Anything else?

I have high blood pressure. Doctor advised that I must change my lifestyle. What can I do to lower it? Doctor advised eat less salt and excersize. Anything else?

Avoid stressful situ: Along with limiting salt (in ALL forms, even processed foods & cooking) to less than 2 g per day, & exercising (start 15 min/day every other weekday, then gradually work up to 30-45 min/day), the other lifestyle change include: quit cigs; max 2 alcohol drinks/day & 14 drinks/week; maintain healthy weight/BMI; vegetables & low-cholesterol diet; stress management if you have a "stressful" lifestyle ...Read more

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Can avoiding salt relieve high blood pressure and red eyes?

Can avoiding salt relieve high blood pressure and red eyes?

But not red eyes: Avoiding salt has no effect on your eyes. ...Read more

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My blood pressure is 106/65 and my pulse is 65.Do I need to go to the E.R.? I normally have high blood pressure.

My blood pressure is 106/65 and my pulse is 65.Do I need to go to the E.R.? I normally have high blood pressure.

NO: You are fine. Relax. This is normal BP and Pulse. There is normal range of BP from 90/60 to 140/85. and Pulse varies from 60 to 100. ...Read more

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What can high blood pressure do?

What can high blood pressure do?

Damages Arteries: High blood pressure damages arteries, leading to atherosclerosis. This leads over many years to gradual blockage of arteries and eventually to heart attack (death of heart muscle from lack of blood), angina, and stroke. High blood pressure also damages the kidneys and heart muscle and can lead to CHF and kidney failure. It also increases risk of dementia. Treatment is safe and effective. ...Read more

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Do you treat high blood pressure?

Do you treat high blood pressure?

Yes: I do as well as most FP's, Internists, Cardiologists, Nephrologists and GP's ...Read more

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What can cure high blood pressure?

What can cure high blood pressure?

Lifestyle changes: Try lifestyle changes first:
- don't smoke cigarettes or use any tobacco product.
- lose weight if you're overweight.
- exercise regularly.
- eat a healthy diet that includes lots of fruits and vegetables and is low in fat.
- limit your sodium, alcohol and caffeine intake.
- try relaxation techniques or biofeedback. ...Read more

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How can I stop high blood pressure?

How can I stop high blood pressure?

Lifestyle & medicine: See your doctor! You need to have a doctor evaluate your blood pressure first. Stop smoking, increase exercise (starting with what you are healthy enough to do), and follow your doctor's instructions with regards to the above and the prescribed medication. Controlling blood pressure is one of the smartest things you can do to improve your health. ...Read more

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How do high blood pressure start s?

How do high blood pressure start s?

High blood pressure: High blood pressure, or hypertension, is most commonly idiopathic (no good reason). Obesity, family history, excessive salt intake, stress and kidney problems can be contributors. Recommendations for normal blood pressure get lower all the time - see your doctor for advice on what might be normal for you. ...Read more

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How do you get high blood pressure?

Heredity and aging: For most people it's genetics and getting older. About 10% of people have another cause. The most common is any form of kidney disease. Rare tumors can produce hormones that raise bp. Rarely, a narrowed renal artery is the cause. ...Read more

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High blood pressure. What can I do?

High blood pressure. What can I do?

Depends: On overall health. At your age you should not have high bp. It could be improved or normalized by eating only god made food and leaving out all forms of sugar. ...Read more

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What can cause high blood pressure?

What can cause high blood pressure?

Different causes: Many factors contribute to this:
Diet. Sodium causes water retention therefore increased BP
Age and calcification of vessels, less compliant
Stimulants (Caffeine)
Stress
Genetics and enviornmental factors ...Read more

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What does lower high blood pressure?

Blood Pressure Treat: Lifestyle changes such as losing weight, exercising regularly, decreasing sodium (salt) intake, avoiding alcohol and excessive stimulants such as caffeine, getting enough sleep, treating sleep apnea if present all help. However, blood pressure tends to rise gradually with age, so be prepared to take some medicines in needed to prevent stroke, heart attack, heart or kidney failure, etc. ...Read more

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How can I reduce high blood pressure?

See your doctor: Avoid salt, don't smoke, be normal weight, and take prescribed medications. ...Read more

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How can I manage high blood pressure?

How can I manage high blood pressure?

Several ways: 1- low salt diet
2- Quit smoking
3- exercise
4- weight loss
5- control stress and anxiety
6- medications
Do NOT do it by yourself and seek medical help ...Read more

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What do I do with high blood pressure?

What do I do with high blood pressure?

See a doctor: High blood pressure may be transient or real. Isolated single reading is not enough to establish diagnosis. Reducing salt intake, exercise, diet change and avoiding drugs and cigarettes may be advised plus or minus medications after evaluation for secondary HT N ...Read more

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How do you reduce high blood pressure?

How do you reduce high blood pressure?

Lifestyle, then meds: Therapeutic lifestyle changes like weight loss, exercise, sodium restriction (see dash diet) are first, but looking for adverse effects of medications, kidney or hormonal issues, or blood vessel blockages to the kidneys may be culprits as well. If the blood pressure is still elevated and confirmed by home or ambulatory monitoring, then medications (often several in lower doses) may be indicated. ...Read more

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How to deal with high blood pressure?

See your physician: If your blood pressure is persistently elevated (>140/90). You may need medication. However there are some conservative things you can do to decrease your pressure: minimize caffeine, decrease salt in your diet, etc. ...Read more

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Is garlic good for high blood pressure?

Is garlic good for high blood pressure?

Yes, but...: 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

Dr. Linda Callaghan
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Blood Pressure (Definition)

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


Dr. Chad Levitt
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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