High Blood Pressure

Posted by darrelln99 @darrelln99, Aug 21 7:51pm

My blood pressure went over 220 a couple of weeks ago sending me to the hospital. They run numerous tests which came out ok including EKG, MRI, Ultrasound, Bubble test, CT Scan and for a 73 year old man did pretty good. They sent me home with a bp of 170 and said it would come down. Two days later I was back in the ER with 200+ blood pressure and again sent home once it came down some. Got lots of blood pressure medicine I take but, for some reason in the morning my blood pressure shots up about 50 points and goes over 200. We load up on more bp medicine and relaxer pills and after a few hours it comes down to 130 – 150. I don't know why this is happening and the Cardiologist won't see me for another month. I just got my calcium score but he won't tell me what it is until our meeting. Can anyone give me any advice how to stop the spike in my blood pressure.

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Hi my friend I suffer from low blood sugar levels and yes it's worse in the morning and then symptoms come late at night. I think you should be able to get your results when you want. Take it easy in the morning and maybe things will work out. Sorry for you

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My BP was always high in the morning. When I told my cardiologist this he said to take my BP med in the evening before bed. That works for me. I only take one BP med once a day.
Hopefully this gives you some insight.

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@bonnieh218

My BP was always high in the morning. When I told my cardiologist this he said to take my BP med in the evening before bed. That works for me. I only take one BP med once a day.
Hopefully this gives you some insight.

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We are now waking up early to take pills then back to sleep. Has dropped by from 200 to 170. It’s a start thanks also no anxiety attack this morning.

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I don't understand why you cannot be given your results now rather than waiting a month. Makes no sense to me to withhold information from you.

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My off-the-top advice @darrelin99 is to find another cardiologist with a good reputation and get a second opinion. A third if you need it, perhaps with a nephrologist, who probably knows more about blood pressure than any cardiologist in the state.

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@darrelln99

We are now waking up early to take pills then back to sleep. Has dropped by from 200 to 170. It’s a start thanks also no anxiety attack this morning.

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Try cutting down on your sodium intake. For example, don’t pick up the salt shaker, avoid condiments like mustard and ketchup, and stay away from salty soups. I agree that you might want to find another cardiologist. Keep in mind that cardiologists and nephrologists don’t always agree, and ultimately you have to make your own choices. With good medical advice, you can manage your condition.

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@lagrange5

Try cutting down on your sodium intake. For example, don’t pick up the salt shaker, avoid condiments like mustard and ketchup, and stay away from salty soups. I agree that you might want to find another cardiologist. Keep in mind that cardiologists and nephrologists don’t always agree, and ultimately you have to make your own choices. With good medical advice, you can manage your condition.

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Agreed, get a "second opinion." Don't mess around with this as the cumulative effect of high BP are serious. Educate yourself! There is a lot of info on-line re: diet, exercise and the dangers of high BP.
I lost 15 pounds and started to walk/bike ride regularly (3-4x/week) also stay away from ANY processed food. Read the ingredients. Nothing should have more than 150mg. of sodium. This will exclude nearly all packaged food. Sort of a bummer, but cooking your own food helps you loose weight (if needed) and empowers you to take charge of your life (something we all need to feel right now!). Remember, when you eat out it is nearly impossible to eat a low salt diet, especially fast food.
Even with salads, the dressing will kill it. Try fresh lemon juice instead. Don't give up, you can do it!

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your salvation is in some form of exercise, with intensity and regularity.

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@predictable

My off-the-top advice @darrelin99 is to find another cardiologist with a good reputation and get a second opinion. A third if you need it, perhaps with a nephrologist, who probably knows more about blood pressure than any cardiologist in the state.

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I was thinking the same thing. I just changed my heart doctor and love then new one. My nephrologist recommended him.

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Have you considered taking BP medicine in two half doses twice a day? In other words, if you are prescribed, say, 100 mg of a medication, then take 50 mg in the morning and then 50 mg before bed. This works for me as I seem to metabolize the medication quickly so that it doesn't remain in my blood stream for 24 hours.
Are you staying hydrated during the night? There's information on the web about dehydration affecting your kidneys causing them to retain salt thus raising your BP.

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@kerrvu

Have you considered taking BP medicine in two half doses twice a day? In other words, if you are prescribed, say, 100 mg of a medication, then take 50 mg in the morning and then 50 mg before bed. This works for me as I seem to metabolize the medication quickly so that it doesn't remain in my blood stream for 24 hours.
Are you staying hydrated during the night? There's information on the web about dehydration affecting your kidneys causing them to retain salt thus raising your BP.

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Welcome @kerrvu and @rbb1938 to Mayo Clinic Connect. Would you care to share a bit more about yourselves?

@kerrvu, besides medication, what are other approaches that you use to manage high blood pressure?

@rbb1938, what exercise or physical activity do you prefer? Have you also made dietary changes to help manage high blood pressure?

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Hi Everyone, My husband (age 76) has great blood pressure during the day 120/70/60 and at 7pm. However, by 10 pm it's 160 and at 11 when he is about to go to bed, it's 180 or 200. His cardiologist is trying different meds but the only one that helps is clonidine. It seems like what you are going through. He just had a pacemaker put in and I was wondering if it could be related. Our cardiologist wants him to stay on his new meds (carvediol and amlodiine and still lisinopril) for 2 more weeks and see if they kick in. He is to monitor his BP and take the clonidine when it goes above 155 (systolic). He had emergency pacemaker surgery 4 weeks ago so we are in touch with both cardiologists. The pacemaker is working well as they just tested it and he has a machine that sends the information to the office. It's very scary. Thanks for all your help and or comments.

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