• 11 days ago

    High Blood Pressure readings

    Hi, I am a 75 year old male - married. I don't drink, smoke, or do drugs other than the prescribed blood pressure meds. I do take Excedrin for the bings and bangs of life and Alieve. I don't use salt, Mrs. Dash for seasoning. Yes I am over weight, however not morbidly obese! its very upsetting when I put on the cuff either at home or at the doctor's office. All they want to do is throw a pill at the symptom and not try to find the cause of why the pressure is high. If I go outside and shovel snow or mow the lawn and come in for the reading the pressure is nice and within standard.
    I don't mound the plate during the 3 meals. Instead of potatoes I mash cauliflower and it looks just like the mash potatoes!! Pork, beans - from the bag not the canned type.
    I have had all kinds of testing done and every test comes back within the normal range - EKG - MRI- CT - MRA - Chemical Stress Test. Ran up the medical bills along with the blood pressure!! LOL!
    Anyone Else have these issues?
    Regards,
    David

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  • 11 days ago

    RE: High Blood Pressure readings

    Normal resting blood pressure in adults in 120/80 with 115/75 being ideal and 110/70 being optimal.

    About Blood Pressure (BP)

    The complex human body is usually able to keep BP within acceptable limits, but sometimes, changes in lifestyle, or health, make this difficult. This can cause the BP to become consistently higher, lower than normal, spike up, then drop down.

    Compensatory mechanisms that control BP involves changing the diameter of veins and small arteries (arterioles), the amount of blood pumped out from the heart per minute (cardiac output), and the volume of blood in the vessels.

    ====>High BP can be related to various heart disorders, and sometimes kidney, liver, or adrenal gland problems. One's susceptibility to develop it can even be caused by an imbalance somewhere within the body's precise regulating systems.

    Health dangers from BP vary among different age groups and depending on whether systolic, diastolic, or both, is elevated. Isolated diastolic hypertension, isolated systolic hypertension and diastolic/systolic hypertension, increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, cerebrovascular disease, renovascular disease.

    High systolic BP appears as a significant indicator for heart complications, including death, in all ages, but especially in middle-aged and older adults.

    High diastolic BP is a strong predictor of heart attack and brain attack in young adults and in those of any age with essential hypertension, high BP from unknown causes, which occurs in the great majority of cases.

    Additionally, pulse pressure is important, the difference between systolic and diastolic. Usually, the resting (in sitting position) pulse pressure in healthy individuals is 40 mmHg, give or take a bit. A consistently narrow (say 20-25 or less) or consistently wide (say 60-65 or more) pulse pressure is not good.

    ALWAYS be proactive in your health care and treatment. Most important, communicate/interact well with your doctor(s).

    Take care.

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      • 10 days ago
        Hi Anonymous,
        Thanks for the general information. Pills only treat a symptom and don't end the cause of high blood pressure. Those pills drain my billfold and fill the pockets of the drug companies who make this stuff.
        The side affects are not so nice either. Leg itches, light head and just not feeling in the right thinking mode. I need to find the cause not a pill to throw at the symptom!
        Regards,
        David