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.