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How To Take Blood Pressure For Obese Patients
The definition started with Louis Israel Dublin, chief statistician of the Metropolitan life insurance company, in the early 1940s, as a BMI >25 (definitely >30) for people in their 20's based on retrospective observational life insurance data of the age at which people died later in life. This was subsequently adopted by the medical disease industry. However, BMI is ...Read more
Ok: Mucinex (guaifenesin) DM contains Dextromethorphan a cough suppressant and Guaifenesin an expectorant. The combo is used to treat cough and chest congestion caused by common colds, bronchitis, sinus infections. Should not elevate blood pressure. Avoid decongestants; names like pseudoephedrine, ephedrine, phenylephrine, naphazoline and oxymetazoline which can increase blood pressure ...Read more
It is Good!: Exercise has many cardiovascular benefits. A regular exercise program has been shown to be part of a successful weight reduction program, improve cardiovascular function and help reduce hypertension and its ill effects. However, since blood pressure normally rises with exercise those with severe hypertension may need a graduated, supervised and monitored program to start. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Just the opposite: Tree nuts are great for cardiovascular health. Some people's blood pressure can be sensitive to excess salt, so if nuts are salted blood pressure needs to be watched. Also all people with heart, liver or kidney failure need to avoid excess salt. But nuts are quite healthy. ...Read more
Diet and Hi BP: The optimal diet for Hi BP is called the DASH diet; it is low salt, low refined carb and low sugar, low bread, low pasta, no fried food, low saturated fats; but fruit and veggies and whole grains dominate; for protein, use egg white, fish, very lean poultry, no skin; modest portions; only supplement I recommend is omega 3; aim for ideal weight; exercise twice daily; don't smoke; ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Exercise, diet, know: High blood pressure can be due to lots of triggers (and some are out of your control - i.e, genetics/DNA). However, you can control the salt in your diet (not adding salt; reading nutrition labels to reduce SODIUM by comparing foods). You can exercise aerobically to lose body fat, salt, and water weight through sweating. You can cut back caffeine, improve sleep, and manage life stressors. You can. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mild HTN: If the BP can be controlled without a diuretic, then none need be used. However, normal physiologic response to BP lowering is to retain fluid, so a diuretic makes great sense, acting synergistically with other BP meds. Moreover, diuretics complement the potassium retaining effect of some BP drugs by clearing potassium in the urine. Hctz (hydrochlorothiazide) is so gentle, you won't even know it's working-i promise! ...Read more
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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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