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Blood pressure

Post by rodneyw71 » Sat Jan 19, 2008 6:39 pm

I am just wondering how many of you have high blood pressure, I never had it before DS, today I checked it and it was 144/85, sometimes it's higher. I have talked to alot of people who were in the desert and theirs are high. I'm trying everything not to have to go on meds., I feel like my chest tightens everytime I go to the doctor, especially to get a physical....I don't know why. :?
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Post by 5thFSEMSG » Sat Jan 19, 2008 7:11 pm

That's about the only condition that I DON'T suffer from since the Storm. My BP at the hospital was 120/58 yesterday. Everything else, forget it. It's all falling apart.
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Post by lw173 » Sat Jan 19, 2008 10:52 pm

I dont know if I do... But I tell you what, my kids could drive my blood pressure sky high!...

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Re: Blood pressure

Post by rodneyw71 » Sun Jan 20, 2008 8:59 am

I heard on Paul Harvey that Omega 3 fish oil is supposed to help bring it down, I have been taking it for a couple months, it don't seem to be working. I tried those calming techniques before going in, but they didn't work either. The thing is my BP is all over the charts, One time it'll be really high, then I sit there and it'll be down, then back up. I hear Meds just mask the problem, and make you feel like crap.
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Post by 5thFSEMSG » Sun Jan 20, 2008 6:36 pm

No! No! No! No! No! Meds do NOT mask the problem they correct it. They only make you feel funny if they drop your BP too low. There are literally dozens of different types of Medications to regulate blood pressure; you and your Doc just have to find the right one.

High BP is called the silent killer because you can’t feel the damage it is doing to your body. You should NOT ignore high BP. High BP will slowly kill you by destroying the circulation in your kidneys, heart, liver, eyes, and can damage your hands, feet, and banana. You need to get it regulated and fast. Also remember that the meds are for the rest of your life and will need periodic adjustment. You can't stop taking them just because your BP drops to where it should be because of the meds.
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Re: Blood pressure

Post by mcriffraff » Sun Jan 20, 2008 6:52 pm

this is so true, i learned it the hard way brother. i let it go to long, now its a strugle.
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Re: Blood pressure

Post by rodneyw71 » Sun Jan 20, 2008 7:12 pm

How come when I get it taken it's high, but if the nurse starts talking to me it drops. My doctor hasn't said anything yet, I'm afraid of going on meds, can I still be in the AF reserve, if I would deploy, how would I get the meds?
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Post by 5thFSEMSG » Sun Jan 20, 2008 7:20 pm

White Coat Syndrome. It is an actual, legitimate condition where the patient's BP goes up merely because they are in the Doctor's office. We never relied on that reading to determine if a patient had high BP. We would have them purchase a BP machine and take their BP every day at the same time for a week and bring us those readings. If those readings were consistantly high, then the patient was diagnosed with Hypertension (High BP).
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Re: Blood pressure

Post by rodneyw71 » Sun Jan 20, 2008 8:37 pm

I've seen those machines at walgreens, I'm not overweight, don't smoke, rarely eat red meat, I do drink coffee, and worry alot, I don't get angry....but do stress out. What else can cause it. The place that I check it is Walmart, and hate shopping, so I don't think I'm getting a good reading there. Can I be in the AF and be on Meds?
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Post by 5thFSEMSG » Sun Jan 20, 2008 9:04 pm

Genetics. High BP can just plain happen and the only thing you can do is treat it. As far as I know you are able to remain in service with Hypertension as long as it is under control. Shoot if not, every Senior NCO and Officer would be gone! :wink:
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Re: Blood pressure

Post by FA1SGret » Mon Jan 21, 2008 3:38 pm

I don't have High Blood Pressure, but my wife has been dealing with it for a few years. Her doctor put her on medication, but she didn't like it, so she started managing it herself ... and she has been really successful.

- She bought a BP check thingy --- $80 or so and check her pressure 6 of 8 times a day and records the reading in a notepad.

- She walks for 40 minutes a day ... every day

- She tries to reduce her salt intake

- She takes the Omega 3 fish oils

Her doctor no longer bothers her about medication, but she really does a good job at managing it herself with the proof documented in her notepad.
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Re: Blood pressure

Post by rodneyw71 » Mon Jan 21, 2008 8:31 pm

I just started the Omega 3, and since I took my PT test have been slacking in the gym....plus it's cold, and I'm just plain lazy in the winter, I usually walk on the tread mill, and watch the women, My physical isn't until June, so hopefully I can get it down with more exercise. What was your wifes BP before she went on the meds, and what is it now with her managening it?
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Re: Blood pressure

Post by rodneyw71 » Mon Jan 21, 2008 8:58 pm

Through my work I get safety points, and can go on the company web site and cash them in for things like camera's and things, I noticed they had a BP monitor, so I cashed in 75 points and ordered one, they also had a portable one that went on your wrist, but got the one that goes on the bicep. Now I'll know for sure what it is.
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Re: Blood pressure

Post by Dagger X-Ray » Tue Jan 22, 2008 6:41 am

I averaged 143/93 even while I was in shape and in the Army. I take Metropolol XL 50mg 1 x day and it stays in teh 120/80 range now. It was a genetic thing here before I ever gained the weight.
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Re: Blood pressure

Post by FA1SGret » Tue Jan 22, 2008 9:37 am

My wife says it was around 140/90 when her doctor said something about it and she started the meds. Now it stays below 120/80 ... which is the borderline as I understand it.
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