• 24 days ago

    Why do I feel like a guinea pig ?

    Over the last few years my physician has tried several different concoctions to reduce my blood pressure and yet it has only increased. Surely, with the numbers of people with HBP, there would have to be a solution ? When I take my BP at home it is nearly always in an acceptable ratio and yet when I go to the Dr.'s office it is always high. This has been the case forever. Further, IMHO the supplements that are advertised to reduce HBP are as useless as anything that was ever devised.


  • 23 days ago

    RE: Why do I feel like a guinea pig ?

    "When I take my BP at home it is nearly always in an acceptable ratio and yet when I go to the Dr.'s office it is always high."

    That is considered to be "white-coat" hypertension which really does not need to be treated, as some individuals just dislike going to the doctor's office and thus experience a temporary increase/spike in blood pressure and sometimes heart rate as well.

    Blood pressure (BP) begins to rise as one awakens, peaks in the late afternoon or evening, and then drops off gradually, becoming the lowest when sleeping.

    Normal resting blood BP in adults is under 120/80 with 115/75 or 110/70 considered as being optimal/ideal. Prehypertension is defined as systolic of 120-139 mmHg and diastolic of 80-89 mmHg. Stage 1 is systolic of 140 to 159 and diastolic of 90 to 99. Stage II is systolic of 160 to 179 and diastolic of 100 to 109. Stage III is systolic greater than 180 and diastolic greater than 110. Stage IV is systolic of 210 and greater, and diastolic of 120 and greater.

    Taking BP measurements when at rest/relaxed will help yield more consistent readings. If one has had a peaceful night's sleep, then measurements are best taken as soon as one awakes in the morning, as at this time of the day, the body will be at its lowest functioning levels, both physically and mentally, and therefore the factors that affect BP will be minimized. One should try to take the BP at the same time(s) every day.

    PLUS, there was a study, in which University of Virginia researchers tested 100 individuals two times, once while they perched on a doctor's table, feet dangling, and then again as they sat in a chair with both feet resting on the floor and their back and arms supported.

    Systolic BP, the top number, dropped by 13 points on average while sitting in the chair. Why's this? According to study author Melly Turner, RN, if your arm, back, and legs are not supported, then you're exerting energy while being tested.

    The prestigious American Heart Association has been recommending the chair method, but harried medical staff often don't employ it. Sit quietly in a proper chair for 5 minutes before having the BP checked, and be sure the arm being used rests on a flat surface.

    Take care.

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  • 19 days ago

    RE: Why do I feel like a guinea pig ?

    I found my blood pressure to be fairly well controlled with Losartan and Amlodipine. Also keeping salt intake low, regular exercise, and no alcohol helps keep my blood pressure down from the high 140s to low 130s or even in the 120s.
      • 11 days ago
        All that is swell however, I always have good BP when I am at home. Yet when I go to the Dr's office I always seem to have high BP.So, my question is; with all the pharmacopia available, why has there been no improvement ? As of today I have Enalapril,Hydralazine,Levothyroxine,Amlodipine, plus some others for prostate issues. Some of these must do something ?!
  • 4 days ago

    RE: Why do I feel like a guinea pig ?

    A quick thought, next time you go to the doctor office keep a log of your blood pressure readings daily for about a week before and then show your doctor the numbers. That will help them to decide if maybe you have 'white coat syndrome' (getting nervous at the doctors office, common) or really need medication. Good luck