I am a male, 72 years old, in good physical condition, rated “Excellent” by the Fitbit Cardio Fitness score. 5’10” 175 pounds, trying to lose 10 more. I work out regularly, play Pickleball, do weights often, walk 10,000 steps per day. People often comment on how youthful I look and act.
I have no stress in life. I am happy, healthy. I have a great marriage. My wife is also happy and healthy. We have fun together, laugh often. I am fairly well-off, financially speaking.
But I do have a Blood Pressure concern. I take 10 mg of Lisinopril in the morning, 10 at night. I often wake up with a BP of 145-150 over 90-95. My first few hours normally are devoted to getting my BP back down. Medication does not help immediately. It’s hard to see if medication helps at all.
The three things I can do just about every morning are 1) drink 2 to 3 oz of red wine, 2) briskly walk, mild jogging, for 2 to 3 miles, and 3) breathing into a paper bag for 5 minutes.
I see so much discussion, some lecturing, about wine. It may/may not be good for me long range, but 3 oz is definitely good for me almost immediately. Why is red wine that good, that quickly ? Please forget the mind/social/Chi benefits. I am a Chemical Engineer, believe the body to be much like a factory, and would like to know what chemical/physical reaction takes place with red wine to reduce my BP so repeatedly, so quickly.
Yes, walking is definitely good for me long range. Keeps my weight down, better oxygen efficiency, better coordination and muscles, better Chi. But why does brisk walking have such a beneficial immediate reduction of my blood pressure?
The paper bag over the head is often recommended to lower stress, control breathing, put the body back into a lower rhythm. But I believe there is also an immediate chemical/physical effect. Is it because my blood becomes higher in CO2 concentration quickly, and CO2 leads to vasodilation ?
I often can get my blood pressure down to about 120-125 over 65-70 after one or more of these three techniques. It may stay that way most of the day. I do need to stay reasonably active, because the BP may go up again if I slouch on the sofa all day, which I seldom do, since I am a physical activity person.
I would appreciate any comments. I want to get my BP down, and keep it down, hopefully without having night-time increases.