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Why Is Exercise Not Good For The Patients High Blood Pressure
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
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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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
For high blood pressure patients, is no salt a correct substitute for salt? Also, what is no salt?
Any salt substitute: Would be appropriate.Get a more detailed 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 is so gentle, you won't even know it's working-i promise! ...Read more
Ok: Mucinex 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
Iv had consistently high blood pressure for a year even with exercise and good diet.At what point do I start worrying.My doc still hasn't addressed it?
Depends: At your age, very early for what we call essential hypertension. Hope your doctor did work up (blood work, urine test and EKG) to look for correctable causes of high blood pressure (less than 5% of folks). If all negative, I will go 6 mo with diet and exercise changes. If stil up, time to start medication. ...Read more
What are some good OTC medications for headaches caused by high blood pressure if the patient is also taking high blood pressure medications?
Depends: It really depends on the root cause of the problem. If it is the medication, perhaps changing medication would help. If perhaps addressing the cause of the high blood pressure can help you reduce the dose. I have information on natural ways to lower blood pressure on my blog: drfairchild.blogspot.com ...Read more
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