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How Do You Read Blood Pressure Results
Well: Us medical folks go to school to learn how to interpret test results. Don't know how much of a crash course can be provided in 400 characters or less. Consider reviewing the results with your medical provider. Take care. ...Read more
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
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CardioFx: This is a nutraceutical based on hawthorn and other agents which may be vasodilators. There are no scientific studies to show this is a consistently effective agent for blood pressure or other medical conditions. These agents with no solid scientific evidence to support their use can help or harm about 20% in both directions by the placebo and nocebo effects. That's why there are some successes ...Read more
Silent disease: High blood pressure usually does not usually have any symptoms. You must have it checked. Optimally it should be less than 120/70. If it is above 140/90 its high and in between 130/80 its on the borderline side. Lifestyle changes are the best: limit caffeine, limit salt, lose weight, exercise, eat more fruits/veggies. ...Read more
May be: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, if you provide the results, it may be feasible to render an opinion. ...Read more
Lisinopril: It is a common blood pressure medication known as an Angiotensin Converting Enzyme Inhibitor or ACE Inhibitor. Works at the level of the kidney to decrease blood pressure. Can sometimes cause unexplained cough as a side effect. Also affects kidney function somewhat to need to follow kidney function regulary while on this med. Do not take advil, motril, aleve (naproxen) on this med w/o talk to doctor ...Read more
GFR and BP: Glomerular filtration rate requires blood flow and filtration through the kidney. If the blood pressure is too low there isn't enough pressure and flow through the kidney to optimize filtration. The relationship is complicated by the state of the kidney vessels which if diseased can cause decreased flow with normal pressures in the body or even high pressures. ...Read more
Lifestyle changes: If you're overweight or obese, you should lose weight, even a loss of 5-10% of your body weight can help. Also, limit your sodium (salt) intake to 1500 mg of sodium per day. Cardiovascular/aerobic exercise can help lower blood pressure. Stress reduction techniques may also help. Even if you have a strong family history of high blood pressure you should still follow these recommendations. ...Read more
Hypertension: Hypertension is not related to cholesterol level. Genetics and other processes are associated with hypertension. ...Read more
Keep a log: Whether you use a blood pressure cuff at home (you can buy one over the counter) or the one at wal mart or supermarkets, do it the same way each time and record your readings. This record will be extremely valuable to the doctor that is following and treating your blood pressure. Do it at different times of the day so he/she can see a trend of your blood pressure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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