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May 27, 2016 · High blood pressure in Heart & Blood Health

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

May 16, 2016 · How does a person develop skipped heart beats? in Heart Rhythm Conditions

Hi everyone, thanks for including me in on the conversation. I am still keeping my BP down by lifestyle and diet changes, and hopefully I´ll be able to maintain this for a bit. I am really committed to the DASH diet right now. I still have one more cardio appt and test to go through next week. I have a nephrologist in my family and we talked about the importance of getting checked by a nephrologist, too. A lot of my blood work came back normal, so that has taken the urgency off of a nephro check. Honestly I have had so many appointments I haven’t thought of seeing a new specialist but I am going to talk to my cardiologist next appt.

May 5, 2016 · Can beet juice lower your blood pressure? in Heart & Blood Health

I am definitely going to try this! I love making my own juice.

May 5, 2016 · Managing high blood pressure in Heart & Blood Health

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

May 5, 2016 · stopping Carvedilol (Coreg): When will the effects wear off? in Heart & Blood Health

It is me again! It has been ten days off the Carvedilol. while I don’t feel 100%, I am doing a lot better- maybe 85%. Weaning off of this drug was difficult. I am sleeping a lot better. My cardiologist prescribed me a mild anti anxiety pill to get over the first few nights (only half a dose for five nights) and that improved sleep quality and got me over the hump of unease at nighttime. My resting pulse is back up to about 60-62 which is more me (it was 50-52 while on Carvedilol and even lower at night). I felt that took the longest to stabilize. The night poundings have stopped. I have actually gone for two (albeit short) runs this week and have been doing a bit of yoga again. We are following up with a 24 hour halter test (I am doing that today) and an EKG (normal). I am monitoring my BP, which is pretty good. The cardiologist had originally prescribed Cozaar but is now open to trying a few months of lifestyle and diet changes and keeping a BP log- as long as I don’t spike again (I had to buy a cuff for home use). I am quite anxious to try another medication at this moment after this experience. I would like to give it a real chance to see if I can keep my BP down more naturally while I am still in my 40s.

May 5, 2016 · stopping Carvedilol (Coreg): When will the effects wear off? in Heart & Blood Health

Thanks so much @colleenyoung ! This seems to match my experience. I really appreciate this feedback! Please thank the pharmacist from me for his/her thoughtful response.

Apr 29, 2016 · stopping Carvedilol (Coreg): When will the effects wear off? in Heart & Blood Health

Thanks, Deena. I´ve been resting at home for a few days and reading a lot about diet, especially the DASH diet. I´m feeling inspired to make some changes. Yoga helps immensely with the elevated stress, too.

Apr 29, 2016 · What foods to eat when you have high blood pressure & enlarged Aorta? in Heart & Blood Health

Hi Kathy, I also have high blood pressure and I am determined to deal with this as holistically as possible after having an adverse reaction to my medication (a beta blocker). I have been looking a lot at online resources. Colleen is spot on about the DASH diet. I have been enjoying a blog called Skinny with Fiber: http://skinnywithfiber.org/comprehensive-guide-to-the-dash-diet/

I also have to find easy family friendly recipes as I have a 6 YO and a husband to feed as well. I´ll be following this thread with interest.