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Dec 31, 2019 · Coronary Calcium Score (Heart Scan) in Heart & Blood Health

CAC 662 back in July/August (don't remember) but on statin now. Lots of OTC supp's including both kinds of K2. Starting back on BP meds as of today… been off for 20 years (65 now). I guess age and genetics are unavoidable. 🙂

Nov 28, 2019 · Blood Pressure Phobia in Heart & Blood Health

Yesterday morning 107/72… go figure.

Nov 25, 2019 · Blood Pressure Phobia in Heart & Blood Health

Thx, lioness, cut sodium about 20 years ago and have been eating more celery. Today I seemed to "break out" of my phobia and I'm feeling a lot more positive. Not sure why but it feels good!

Nov 24, 2019 · Blood Pressure Phobia in Heart & Blood Health

Look into nitric oxide and Dr. Louis Ignarro. Also, beetroot and hibiscus tea. All things I'm exploring right now.

Nov 23, 2019 · Blood Pressure Phobia in Heart & Blood Health

My primary care person suggested twice a day, my cardiologist said twice a week. I'm working very hard with increasing my aerobic exercise (I've been exercising 4-5 times a week for years) and I've been taking supplements to increase my nitric oxide. So, I'm going to take it once a week so that I can (1) allow time for my efforts to start improving things (assuming they will) and (2) allow time for to hopefully get my head on straight about the situation and lower anxiety. I believe that anxiety is the main thing that drives numbers higher.

Nov 22, 2019 · Blood Pressure Phobia in Heart & Blood Health

This actually started many years ago but I compartmentalized it until this past summer. I passed out at a sub shop counter in June and the employees called EMS while I was out. I knew they were concerned about liability so I stuck around but didn't allow them to take me to ER, drove myself home. Nevertheless, I went to a cardiologist. He ran all kind of tests and the calcium score was very high but the heart cath was pretty good. The anxiety of all of that caused my blood pressure (BP) to be very high (160/100 +/-). I was told to monitor it twice a week but I couldn't get good readings due to anxiety of anticipated high number so I didn't take any for months. I finally convinced myself to do it and I got a high reading last night but got a close to normal this morning. Now I'm freaking out because Dr. Google says that those high/low readings are a sign of other problems. I talked to my primary care about my anxiety with BP readings and, in the end, she just suggested that I keep taking readings. This sounds overly dramatic but I'm not scared of dying, I'm just freaked out about BP readings! Sounds like I need a shrink! 🙂

Sep 21, 2019 · Caregiving Frustrations: When the stuff hits the fan! in Caregivers

Update! I'm no longer working on my dive instructor certification. When the transfusions started, I waited to see if they were going to be routine and, after the last third one in six weeks, I decided I needed to focus on other things.

Sep 20, 2019 · Caregiving Frustrations: When the stuff hits the fan! in Caregivers

Ginger, sometimes I wonder if I'm just in denial… ? On the other hand, we both try hard to not focus on what MIGHT happen tomorrow. We try to stay in the moment and make the most of it.