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Dealing with spiking blood pressure, cold hands when it’s high, in good health with excercerise and nutrition. Taking lisiniprol… 20 mg. Not working when stressed. Argh! Any ideas on what to do?
Welcome @rastratman. We’ve got several members in the Heart Health group that know what it is like to live with high blood pressure and managing stress. Paging @teatime @predictable @contender1 @joem @beck @iluvkatz @murryone @vdouglas – do you have any thoughts to offer?
@rastratman, you may also be interested in reading these discussion threads where you’ll meet others too.
@rastratman, my first and enduring advice is to get a thorough examination by a nephrologist. A good one will use an endocrinologist to check crucial hormones and a cardiologist to check whether your heart is misbehaving. Lisinopril 20mg daily is only half the maximum for this kidney-favoring medication. There are half-dozen other classes of medications that might help; your nephrologist will probably recommend one of them. Finally, get a copy of the hypertension book issued by Mayo Clinic, “5 Steps to Controlling High Blood Pressure.” It does a good job of covering all of the major factors involved, except for a few genetic mutations of the kidney (one of which I have). My nephrologist discovered my mutation; she is my hero.
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Hi @rastratman, I am still trying to manage my highish BP naturally. I haven’t had the best week stress-wise (and my numbers crept up) so I haven’t been posting so much. I am mostly controlling it with diet and exercise and a few stress release techniques (like breathing exercises). I am still determined to do this! There is so much information online about this topic, and my advice is to keep it as simple as possible. I like the non-alarmist tips from Mayo :http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-pressure/in-depth/high-blood-pressure/art-20046974
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Great challenge, @teatime. Best wishes for success. I’m trying to follow your example, but I need something more, because my kidneys slough off potassium and don’t reclaim it, and I need a diuretic to relieve peripheral resistance to blood flow into my organ tissues. Now that I have contracted atrial fibrillation, my health care team is working to nail down 1) its cause and 2) its treatment. A third medication is likely, and the choice of which one will be difficult to figure out. Also at my advanced age (80), we are allowing BP to run a little higher, treating and medicating it down to 140/90. Health professionals, including some physicians, still regard that as too high.
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