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Why Do Anticholinergic Drugs Lower Your Blood Pressure
Less vascular tone: The anticholinergic drugs relax the tiny muscles in our arteries, relaxing the arteries and dropping the blood pressure. They also effect the muscles in our eyes (blurry vision) and that control the ladder and rectum (difficulty with going #1 and #2). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Lifestyle for HTN: Reducing the amount of salt in your diet is usually the most effective way to lower blood pressure. Regular aerobic exercise for 30-45 minutes each day will lower blood pressure. Relaxation techniques and particularly yoga has been found to lower blood pressure. If these measures are not enough, you should take medications. Uncontrolled high blood pressure can be very dangerous and damaging. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Problem: seldom rise in blood pressure (180/100) which sends me to the ER. Usually I have blood pressure 125/83 (age 53).Do I need drug to lower bp?
Evaluation: Sounds as though you may. See your doctor for a full evaluation. ...Read more
This is not a treatment for bp.
Some patients can get low BP from pain induced vagal response. ...Read more
Not a recommended treatment.
A study in rats found that vinegar could lower high blood pressure (in rats). That was apple cider vinegar. No proven effect in humans that I could find. In large amounts, vinegar can lower your potassium. The hydrochlorothiazide you take also lowers potassium. Check with your doctor to make sure you don't cause problems with low potassium while trying vinegar. ...Read more
Yes: All pickels and other"cured", "salted" meats and cans with food preserved wtih "brine" raise your bloodpressure by virtue of being "salty". SAlt, is basically sodium, and when its concentration in the blood increases after we eat "Salty foods", it increases water retention, which in turn raises "hydrostatic pressure" = "increased blood pressure". The AHA/ACC recommends a low salt diet therefore ...Read more
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Relax: There are things called vagal maneuvers that can very temporarily decrease filling to the heart and force of heart squeeze. They can be profound enough to cause you to pass out from low blood pressure. But I don't think that's what you're going for. In terms of non-drug interventions, relaxation is the fastest. This can be meditation or breathing exercises. ...Read more
No-Fun Is In!! Live!: A knife in your neck would do it, but this isn't a psych question, right? Aside from that, the best place to start is with a healthy diet with moderate salt in it (don't add too much) and a consistent exercise program (3-4 times a week of aerobics and/or intervals for 20-45 minutes). If you're overweight, lose it. Don't smoke or use drugs. I guess what I'm saying is the "no fun" lifestyle. Sorry ...Read more
Is there anyway to lower your blood pressure if you have dsystolic dsyfunction also I have normal stystolic pressure?
Important to lower: Diastolic dysfunction refers to a stiff ventricle and impaired relaxation of the heart. It is often marked by thickened heart muscle and implies that the heart has seen intermittent high blood pressure. If you have diastolic dysfunction documented on echo, it is important to assess your 24 hr blood pressure with an ambulatory blood pressure monitor to determine if medication is indicated. ...Read more
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