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Managing high blood pressure

Posted by @revvirr, May 4, 2016

Good Day! I just signed on with MCConnect…though I have been using the Mayo website for about a year now. The reason for my interest is my high blood pressure. Just over a year ago I went to a blood donor clinic…having given blood for over 30+ years and the young little nurse took my blood pressure and found it to be 206/92. By the horrified look on her face I could tell something was dreadfully wrong. She thought I was extremely scared/anxious about giving blood. I assured her I wasn’t.

What troubles me the most is that I have been very active all my life (I am 51 years old), I am an avid runner and basketball player and I consider myself to be in relatively good shape. And my job though it is can be stressful at times it is not a crazy stressful.

Anyways, to make a long story short I am one year into this, I have had an ECG, blood work and regular doctor visits, I have been on the DASH diet and have even seen a chiropractor who insists that the answer is somewhere in my spine. My MD has me on Amlodipine and Candesartan. So I am interested in any threads of discussion related to Hypertension…High Blood Pressure…its causes and factors and anything that helps. I guess if I were to boil it down to two questions they would be…how long will this high blood pressure continue to be a problem? Will I ever get off the medication? Any discussion on these matters would be helpful. Thank you.

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Welcome @revvirr.
Great questions. There are quite a few Connect members who could weigh in on this. Let me introduce you to a few. Please meet @teatime @lynnkay1956 @cindi819 @gonefishinmt @kathyjohnson who are all dealing with high blood pressure and hypertension.

You may also want to see these discussions:
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/my-doctor-place-me-on-metropropyl-for-high-blood-pressure-along-with/
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/i-have-read-online-that-drinking-beet-juice-can-lower-your-blood/
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/hi-everyone-i-am-glad-to-be-a-part-of-this-community/

Revvirr, what explanation did your doctor give for the sudden rise in blood pressure?

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Welcome @revvirr.
Great questions. There are quite a few Connect members who could weigh in on this. Let me introduce you to a few. Please meet @teatime @lynnkay1956 @cindi819 @gonefishinmt @kathyjohnson who are all dealing with high blood pressure and hypertension.

You may also want to see these discussions:
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/my-doctor-place-me-on-metropropyl-for-high-blood-pressure-along-with/
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/i-have-read-online-that-drinking-beet-juice-can-lower-your-blood/
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/hi-everyone-i-am-glad-to-be-a-part-of-this-community/

Revvirr, what explanation did your doctor give for the sudden rise in blood pressure?

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Apart from my Dr’s explanation of the basic working of the heart…he really didn’t give me an explanation (i.e. the “why” it was happening) at least an explanation that satisfied me. As a result, I have assumed that it is a normal part of my age group and something I simply have to learn to live with. Thank you for these threads I will certainly follow through with them.

Hi @revvirr
I am 45 and quite active and I have always tried to eat healthily. My BP has gone up slowly in the past few years and I recently had an unpleasant reaction to taking a beta blocker for hypertension after a few spikes in numbers recently (see my other post). Now that I am off the medication, my cardiologist has given me the green light to try to manage this with a sincere commitment to diet and lifestyle changes (as long as my numbers don’t go up). My issue seems to be heredity, but I am sure stress does not help my situation (we happen to be a family living abroad for my husband´s work, and I have always been an “on the go” person, or as my father says, always in 5th gear). I don’t really understand the “why” myself. I am also seeing a chiropractor, too. I figured the adjustments could help, and she is saying the tension in my jaw might add to my physical stress. As I can see, there is not one explanation, but I would like to try to get through the rest of my 40s naturally. I love the Mayo Clinic website for its practical and non-alarmist advice. The diet ideas are great. There are some good DASH diet blogs out there, too. If I find anything good I´ll update my post. Good luck

@teatime

Hi @revvirr
I am 45 and quite active and I have always tried to eat healthily. My BP has gone up slowly in the past few years and I recently had an unpleasant reaction to taking a beta blocker for hypertension after a few spikes in numbers recently (see my other post). Now that I am off the medication, my cardiologist has given me the green light to try to manage this with a sincere commitment to diet and lifestyle changes (as long as my numbers don’t go up). My issue seems to be heredity, but I am sure stress does not help my situation (we happen to be a family living abroad for my husband´s work, and I have always been an “on the go” person, or as my father says, always in 5th gear). I don’t really understand the “why” myself. I am also seeing a chiropractor, too. I figured the adjustments could help, and she is saying the tension in my jaw might add to my physical stress. As I can see, there is not one explanation, but I would like to try to get through the rest of my 40s naturally. I love the Mayo Clinic website for its practical and non-alarmist advice. The diet ideas are great. There are some good DASH diet blogs out there, too. If I find anything good I´ll update my post. Good luck

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One of your points after another are familiar to me for similar reasons, teatime. My BP also has gone up in the last couple of years, after 25 years of treatment with a diverse arsenal of medications, among them a group of calcium channel blockers that eventually swelled my ankles and feet — not painfully, but threatening in other ways. My issue IS heredity; I inherited a syndrome under which my kidneys fail to reclaim potassium, and hypokalemia was the crux of my problems for a couple of decades. Fortunately, my HMO bypasses cardiologists and sends hypertensive patients to its nephrologists. I was treated by a brilliant kidney doctor three years ago; she diagnosed my syndrome and prescribed a potassium-sparing diuretic, supported by Lisinopril, and that stabilized my BP — until last year, when my Internist discovered that I have a-fib and referred me to a cardiologist who put me on Coumadin therapy to avoid clotting around my heart valves. Since then, diet and exercise regimens have not stopped my rising BP, and even though I’m on maximum doses of my two main medications, my common daily BP averages around 150/90. Next week, I have an appointment to renew relations with my nephrologist, hoping she can repeat the effective treatment of three years ago. My bet is that she will tell me to double my physical exercise — and keep an eye on my potassium level and my heart rate.

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