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Is it blood pressure or the medicine that is causing excessive amounts of fluid on my legs? Currently taking carvedilol, clonidine, and furosemide.

Is it blood pressure or the medicine that is causing excessive amounts of fluid on my legs? Currently taking carvedilol, clonidine, and furosemide.

Could be: There are some blood pressure medicines like amlodipine that can cause leg swelling. The three you listed from my experience shouldn't do that. There's probably some other process that's causing that. ...Read more

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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

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Is it blood pressure or the medicine that is causing excessive amounts of fluid on my legs? Currently taking carvedilol, clonidine, and furosemide.

Is it blood pressure or the medicine that is causing excessive amounts of fluid on my legs? Currently taking carvedilol, clonidine, and furosemide.

Both: The fluid may be a side effect of your heart working too hard to pump blood, which is hypertension, and the carvediol can also cause some swelling because it lowers your BP by dilating your arteries. The Furosemide is to help get rid of the fluid, no matter what the cause, so talk to your doctor, you may need a different dose. ...Read more

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Managing High Blood Pressure (Checklist)

Monitor home BP
Daily
Have a regular follow up and work with your doctor
Once
Take your meds as instructed without fail
Once
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Swelling and tingling in both legs blood pressure is normal, EKG normal taking water pills and wore compression stockings no improvement ?

Swelling and tingling in both legs blood pressure is normal, EKG normal taking water pills and wore compression stockings no improvement ?

Vexing.: Assuming this is idiopathic edema ( no heart failure, no liver failure, no significant protein in urine, and no significant impedance to venous return) the treatment is salt restriction - 2 g/day, elevation, compression and possibly diuretics. There is no quick fix. Make sure you are not taking meds which can make this worse - calcium channel blockers and non steroidals. ...Read more

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Managing High Blood Pressure (Checklist)

Walk/exercise
60 Min, Daily, forever
Maintain weight
Once
Keep salt intake at 2 grams or less
Daily
Check BP
Every other day
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Is it dangerous to stop taking a diuretic if you have congestive heart failure and high blood pressure and edema in legs?

Is it dangerous to stop taking a diuretic if you have congestive heart failure and high blood pressure and edema in legs?

Stop diuretic?: Why would one want to stop a diuretic with edema? The person in question should discuss the idea of stopping diuretics with the physician who ordered them and have the physician explain to that person why that is not a good idea. Apart from the fact that the edema will not resolve off diuretics, the person's BP will likely worsen off diuretic therapy. ...Read more

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Is there any possible safe ways in medical science to measure leg and splanchnic blood pressure while stood up?

Is there any possible safe ways in medical science to measure leg and splanchnic blood pressure while stood up?

Blood pressure : Calf of thigh BP can be measured easily with syphgnomanometer. I am not sure if there is any non-invasive way to check splanchic bp. ...Read more

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Managing High Blood Pressure (Checklist)

Check blood pressure and keep a log
2x day
Walk
30 Min, Daily, forever
Take your medications as directed
Daily
Eat a low-salt diet
Once
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My father is 85 years old. Is it normal if his blood pressure 150/90? His leg is dry and itchy, how can I treat this?

My father is 85 years old. Is it normal if his blood pressure 150/90?  His leg is dry and itchy, how can I treat this?

High, But Slightly: Normal adult blood pressure without any major medical problems (like diabetes or high cholesterol) tops out around 140/90, so that measurement was a bit high. He needs to be assessed by his doctor for possible high blood pressure. Not an emergency but within a few weeks. As for the leg, it depends on why it's dry. Small amounts of Hydrocortisone cream may help, but it probably needs checking too. ...Read more

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