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Blood Pressure Readings

Sunday, June 03, 2012

I thought about the visit with the cardiologist for about a week. I understand why he didn't want to reduce the dosage, from his perspective the safest thing to do was to maintain the status quo. After all, reducing or eliminating the med could cause harm.

From my perspective, as a 40 something person, I am just too young to be dizzy on a daily basis. I find it unacceptable to be at a high risk for falls. Also, it's hard to exercise when you don't have energy.

So, I have been checking my blood pressure on a daily basis. As long as it stays at or below 120/80, I will continue taking 1/2 a blood pressure pill. I have also been taking potassium and magnesium supplements. I track it on my food tracker to make sure I get the correct amount.

So far, I have had only 1 day where I needed to take a full pill. Gradually, over the last week my BP has been dropping. Tonight, I measured it and it is getting close to what it was when I was taking a full pill. My pulse was high, so my body must be fighting to raise my BP.

My best blood pressure readings are on days that I do any form of exercise. It could just be a long walk. So, going forward I may need to exercise daily to keep my BP normal. Since, I really enjoy long walks, this definitely works for me. When winter returns, I will have to get friendly with my Zumba video. Probably, will need to buy a few more exercise videos to keep me interested and challenged.
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    You know your body better than anyone else, so I'm glad you're being so proactive with your health. I hope everything works out well for you.
    3344 days ago
    I know that these meds are necessary and life sustaining for many. I took pills for 16 days and just hated them. I finally decided that my BP was not high enough for me to be willing to take them and I hated feeling like I had crazy legs. I also know that my bp drops drastically when I have heart palpitations adn was concerned that when it drops that low, meds would make that worse. I check it regularly and need to be more serious about my progress but I feel that you are capable of acting in your own best interest. Since I declined them, I have had an uncle who nearly bled out as a result of his BP meds and a friend who went into kidney failure over his. There are always horror stories that don't reflect normal usage, but it has been a reminder to me that no pill is risk free and the best steps involve developing healthy lifestyles.
    3346 days ago
  • LGAR519
    I don't want to discourage you but I'd like you to know that everyone is different. My husband lost 125 pounds after weight loss surgery. He came off his medicine. I lost 93 pounds and am still on 3 pills a day. My readings didn't change. I've had hypertension since my early 30's and it runs in my skinny family. Be very careful messing with your pills!
    3346 days ago
    There are great apps for recording your heart rate and BP, by the way. You can add additional information (like your activity). Great job on being your own advocate!
    3347 days ago
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    Yes keep a record of your readings and dates of the readings. That is asa I did when I was reducing my meds. Doctors believe in numbers and facts, so these are the ones you can give to him.

    I am glad that this is working for you. It feels great when we can decrease meds, you never know, you may eventually get yourself right off that pill.
    Keep up all these good things you are doing for yourself!

    3348 days ago
    I hope you figure it out. Keep tracking that blood pressure so you can tell the doctor that you really don't need all the meds. Keep up those walks!
    3349 days ago
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