Blood pressure high or low?

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Blood pressure high or low?

Post by gardenlaw » Sun Oct 17, 2010 12:04 pm

How do I understand my blood pressure readings? Are they normal? Why are there two figures, a larger one and a smaller one?

This is a very simple chart with straight forward explanations:
http://www.bpassoc.org.uk/BloodPressure ... 4wodIFczLw

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Post by despair » Sun Oct 17, 2010 7:58 pm

Theres a caveat to that chart though

Some people do have BPs of 150/80 and are perfectly fit and well and OK and are better off not put onto BP meds whose side effects are way worse than the possible risks of the slightly high BP

What should happen is a Stress test and full cardiac tests should be done to establish other risks and problems

An extremely healthy diet /no smoking and a good lifestyle are most important

If the diastolic figure stays low the medics are not so concerned

30mins a day on an exercise bike though acheives lower BP and weight loss too

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Post by gardenlaw » Sun Oct 17, 2010 10:11 pm

Despair
Try 3 hours of tango! It is great excercise for the body and the brain as well as excellent social life. New pathways both physical and emotional.

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Post by despair » Mon Oct 18, 2010 12:31 am

Not if you have dodgy knees its not !!

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Post by w3526602 » Mon Oct 18, 2010 4:58 pm

Hi,

I fell over. Following day developed a bad headache. Same the next day. Same the day after that. Went to see the quack. He told me my blood pressure was high, gave me prescription for tablets

Headaches continued, went top see quack again. On holiday, saw another doctor. "Keep taking the tablets".

Headaches continued, went to see my wife's doctor. She made appointment for me to have a scan. Several weeks later, went for the scan. "Results in two weeks", said X-ray bloke.

Returned home, phone was ringing. "Come to surgery NOW!"

Went to surgery, "Go to hospital NOW!"

Went to hospital where they drilled a hole in my head. Relief! Everybody says that I am lucky. All my neighbours say they were waiting for me to die .... slurred speech, staggering.

Still taking the blood pressure tablets. Now they say my cholesterol level is high. Wife has adjusted my diet. I don't know if its helping me to live longer ..... but it feels like it. :(

602
602 (That was my "last three")

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Post by despair » Mon Oct 18, 2010 9:31 pm

Instead of all the junk cereals for breakfast simply eat RAW uncooked oats with fresh or stewed fruit

that will bring down your cholesterol level but also get a full Thyroid Function test done because raised cholesterol is often ist signs of Hypothyroidism

Dont let your doctors tell you otherwise

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Post by jencast » Mon Oct 18, 2010 10:13 pm

In most physicians eyes, an informed patient is always a better patient. So one must continue to advocate for oneself or a loved one, provided they read up on currrent medical literature. No patient should ever be afaird to question or challenge a physician. If you don't like what you hear, go private and seek a second opinion. A good physician should welcome the 2nd opinion unless they have an ego problem.
It is interesting to note, that the example given, showed the patient waiting weeks before a scan is interpretted. Any longer, could have resulted in an aneurysm or death. Does a goverment paid medical system bog down the process that prioritization goes amiss? Just food for thought.

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Post by despair » Tue Oct 19, 2010 2:38 am

The experience of a variety of friends who have private medical cover is still that only with the right doctor /consultant will you get diagnosis and treatment

Theres still far far too many arrogant doctors and specialists who do not like their patients to be in any way informed or questioning and who certainly do not keep up with new proceedures or think out of the box

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Post by Treeman » Tue Oct 19, 2010 10:02 am

despair wrote:simply eat RAW uncooked oats with fresh or stewed fruit
Mmmmmm

That sounds delicious…………..NOT

Eat what you want, you only live once so enjoy it. No point in another year or so if it means miserably munching you way through ANIMAL FODDER each morning noon and night.

This morning I had sausages from home produced pork, grilled tomatoes and free range eggs. I enjoyed it immensely. I would not have enjoyed the grain I fed the pig on.

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Post by Treeman » Tue Oct 19, 2010 10:05 am

despair wrote:Theres still far far too many arrogant doctors and specialists who do not like their patients to be in any way informed or questioning and who certainly do not keep up with new proceedures or think out of the box
Thus far my doctors thinking has kept me “out of the box” so I think I will stay with the medically qualified individual over something I read on the internet, written by someone I don’t know or trust.

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Post by despair » Tue Oct 19, 2010 3:44 pm

Then you probably simply have one of the "good docs"

There are a few around who entered medicine for altruistic reasons

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Post by jencast » Tue Oct 19, 2010 10:06 pm

I didn't mean to suggest all medical information is correct from the internet by any means. A doctor you can trust, who doesn't mind educating their patient to make sure they can make the best decision for themselves is the ideal advocate for one's healthcare. Medical information to the lay people could be a starting ground for discussion between you and your doctor. The doctors who make the decisions for their patients without providing options is creating a great injustice and playing God. I prefer a partnership with my doctor.

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Post by despair » Wed Oct 20, 2010 4:48 am

Jencast

In many instances "we are what we eat "and personally i prefer not to even see a doctor

howeverv i totally agree that a Doctor you can liase with is vital

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Re: Blood pressure high or low?

Post by Stoday » Mon Dec 27, 2010 1:02 am

I sympathise with despair — I wouldn't go as far as uncooked oats — I boil rolled oats with salted water.

Raw beef, in slices, as Carpaccio, is nice. So is raw minced beef, mixed with raw egg and herbs, as steak tartare.

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Re: Blood pressure high or low?

Post by mahyalin » Mon Jul 25, 2011 7:03 am

How do you raise your blood pressure? I already have kids, smoke eat crappy so dont tell me that will raise my blood pressure. I need good advice as to how do I raise my blood pressure?

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