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Is there a way for people with high blood pressure to help themselves?

Is there a way for people with high blood pressure to help themselves?

Many ways to help: Individuals with high blood pressure can help control it by avoiding salt (as already mentioned by my colleague), but can also find benefit through cardiovascular exercise for 30 min/day, stress reduction or relaxation techniques and meditation (see my health guide on "meditation made easy.") most importantly, confirm your success by having your blood pressure checked by your doctor regularly. ...Read more

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Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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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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Is it safe for someone with diabetes to work out? Or will they faint from low blood sugar?

Is it safe for someone with diabetes to work out? Or will they faint from low blood sugar?

Work out: Yes it is safe to work out and should be done at least twice a week. Preventing low blood sugar from exercise is important and must be avoided. I recommend that you see a diabetes educator and a physical trainer before you start working out. You do not need low blood sugars as you know so you must work hard at not letting that happen. ...Read more

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Is there a salt substitute that can help with blood pressure?

Is there a salt substitute that can help with blood pressure?

Yes: There is a salt substitute that has less sodium on the grocery shelf.It has more potassium and has a lighter shade of blue label. ...Read more

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Is it possible to go from "hypertension" blood pressure to "normal" blood pressure and stay there for good. with only lifestyle changes?

Is it possible to go from "hypertension" blood pressure to "normal" blood pressure and stay there for good. with only lifestyle changes?

Yes : It is possible to lower your blood pressure with diet and exercise modifications ... Losing wight and healthy low fat diet will improve your blood pressure which is variable in different cases ... That being said, there are resistant cases such as when high BP is a result of abnormal vessels in the kidneys such as renal artery vaso-occlusion , however these cases are not very common ... ...Read more

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Is there any reason to give minipress (prazosin) to someone other than for high blood pressure problems?

Is there any reason to give minipress (prazosin) to someone other than for high blood pressure problems?

Absolutely-few thing: Beside treating hypertension, Minipress (prazosin) is also used to treat benign prostate hypertrophy, raynaud phenomenon (off-label), postraumatic-stress related nightmare/sleep disruptions etc..It works pretty quickly. This med has been around for quite sometime now--it is relatively cheap and can be quite effective for some. Any problem, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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I've read that statins may cause diabetes in some folks? So if a pt. is able to safely stop statins, is there a chance their blood sugar could drop?

I've read that statins may cause diabetes in some folks? So if a pt. is able to safely stop statins, is there a chance their blood sugar could drop?

Low risk: Statins do raise the risk of diabetes slightly, however you should not discontinue the medication without consulting your doctor, You may discuss using a different statin. See this site for info. http://www.webmd.com/cholesterol-management/news/20130523/could-statins-raise-diabetes-risk ...Read more

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What would be appropriate to eat for people with high blood pressure?

What would be appropriate to eat for people with high blood pressure?

Banana: Bananas or other high potasium food (white beans, spinach, aprocots, salmon, avacado). Fruits and vegetables are good. Avoid saltly foods such as junk food, processed meats, soups, soy sauce. ...Read more

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Can someone after taking BP medication actually sense they are feeling better (possible lowering) or there is no way to tell except by a BP reading?

Can someone after taking BP medication actually sense they are feeling better (possible lowering) or there is no way to tell except by a BP reading?

Yes, you can: Ptients with extremely high BP feel poorly, theymay have headaches, weakness, or shortness of breath with exertion. Lowering BP can make you feel better. Lower levels of high bloopd pressure often are without symptoms, hence why hypetrnsion is often called the "silent killer." check your BP regularly and acurrately. ...Read more

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I read that statins may cause diabetes in some folks? So if a pt's.able to safely stop statins, is there a chance their blood sugar could drop?

I read that statins may cause diabetes in some folks? So if a pt's.able to safely stop statins, is there a chance their blood sugar could drop?

Statins: A high cholesterol level should be cared for with statins. If you do not have diabetes you need to carefully control your cholesterol to a point that the level is normal. If you don't you might develop diabetes. You don't want that! ...Read more

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Help please! is consistently high blood sugar a reason for a diabetic to lose most of their energy?

Help please! is consistently high blood sugar a reason for a diabetic to lose most of their energy?

Yes: And to have accelerated complications, problems that could be avoided, spend a lot of money unnecessarily, spend time in the hospital needlessly, and die early. Do you need any more reasons to work harder to better control your blood sugar? ...Read more

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Is there anything I can take to deal with a stomach virus/diaherra with high blood pressure. I'm in stroke recovery.

Is there anything I can take to deal with a stomach virus/diaherra with high blood pressure. I'm in stroke recovery.

Drink fluids: If this is diarrhea due to a virus, then the best thing to do is to keep hydrated and let the body fight off the viral infection. If you want you can take immodium (loperamide) for the diarrhea. If this does not get better I would advise you go see your regular doctor. ...Read more

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What is commonly used to help a cough if you have high blood pressure?

What is commonly used to help a cough if you have high blood pressure?

Cough: Mix hot water, 1 tsp. Lemon juice & 1 tsp. Honey in a mug, then add more lemon juice or honey to taste, if desired. Sip the mixture slowly and inhale the steam from the hot liquid to help reduce congestion in the chest. Or make tea with 2 tsp of marshmallow root bark per 1cup of hot water (steep in a covered pot for at least 5 minutes). Drink several times a day or as needed to relieve coughing. ...Read more

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Is there something i can do to read a high blood pressure fraction?

Blood Pressure: The top number is called systolic and refers to the maximum pressure in the blood vessel, whereas the lower number is called the diastolic and refers to the minimum pressure in the blood vessel. ...Read more

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What are ways to lower the systolic blood pressure number? My boyfriend is 19 years old and his systolic blood pressure number is high by an average of 10 points. Would there be a specific cause for this and is there anything we can start doing to lower i

What are ways to lower the systolic blood pressure number? My boyfriend is 19 years old and his systolic blood pressure number is high by an average of 10 points. Would there be a specific cause for this and is there anything we can start doing to lower i

First : First of all make sure he has his blood pressure checked on three separate occasions in a doctors office or by a medical professional. If his systolic is elevated all three times (between 130-140) then he should try a 3 month trial of diet (low sodium) and a exercise routine. However, depending on his history and physical exam findings his doctor may want to start him on medications or find secondary causes of high blood pressure. He should be under the care of a doctor for this problem so it can be monitored and treated effectively. ...Read more

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Best shoes and care for a senior male who has diabetes? Seems to be controlling levels and working out but what are ways to prevent major conditions?

Best shoes and care for a senior male who has diabetes? Seems to be controlling levels and working out but what are ways to prevent major conditions?

Look the up.: There literally hundreds of shoes that potentially could be just fine. The ones I prefer come in black only. "KEEN" shoes, specifically Keen Utility PTC Dress Oxford. Offers wonderful look, design and comfort. About 115.00. Look them up at Zappos.com. ...Read more

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To reduce cholesterl level in blood for aged people some people say sex activities is a natural remedy, is it ture?

To reduce cholesterl level in blood for aged people some people say sex activities is a natural remedy, is it ture?

No: Sex will not reduce blood cholesterol. However, loving sex in a monogamous relation is good for health. ...Read more

Dr. Sewa Legha
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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. Clarence Grim
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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