High Blood Pressure?

I noticed some people linking to my page from the high blood pressure tags, so I decided I’m going to put a little info about that in here so that it may be a little more helpful to someone than my earlier posts.

My mother has been battling with high blood pressure for the last 7 or 8 years. Growing up with a single mom, I remember quite well the nights of packing everything up for my sisters so that we could go to the hospital. Or nights where we had to call the ambulance to take her to the hospital because she couldn’t breathe.

So here is a brief listing of things that will make living with high blood pressure easier. I have seen these practiced, tried and true, through my mother who doctors said would never come off of her medication. She has been off of it for 2 years.

1. Lose weight- a lot of people who suffer from high blood pressure are well over their weight limit. My mother so happened to be clinically obese and lost 150 lbs. because of this. Having high blood pressure makes you more susceptible to sleep apnea.

2. Change your diet- this goes for everyone. The first question they ask you is “do you use the salt shaker?” Adding excess salt to your food is a sure way to skyrocket your BP.

Diet Possibilities: This may not work for everyone, but it sure helped my mom lose that 150 lbs. in less than a year.

-Cut out white flour. Trader Joes and Whole Foods offers a lot of wheat alternatives that are pretty tasty. There are grain bread options as well!

-Cut out the soda. This helps a lot with cleansing the body and keeping diligent with the diet itself. The cut down on sugar is good as well.

-Cut out the salt. Already stated, but good to be reiterated.

3. Exercise, exercise, exercise.  Helps keep the body toned, fit, and fired up!

4. Don’t stay in the shower for too long. The hot water will raise your BP and could cause you to get dizzy or faint. Not good!

5. Invest in a BP cuff and monitor your BP at various time of the day. Then measure it each day at those same times so that you can see your patterns. When you go for your next checkup, that BP log will help you and your doctor greatly.

So. When should you go to the hospital?

When you wake up with sleep apnea- or being unable to breathe in the middle of sleeping. I recall my mother pacing around the living room and the kitchen with her hand clutched to her chest trying to catch he breath.

If your bottom BP number is over 100, that is something to concern yourself about. So go to your doctor as soon as possible.

Doctors generally agree that systolic readings (top number) of 120 to 140 and diastolic readings (bottom number) of 70 to 90 are normal. Slightly higher readings—140 to 159 and 90 to 94—are considered mild high blood pressure (mild hypertension). Readings from 160 to 179 and 94 to 114 signal moderate hypertension.

That’s all I can think of for now. The husband has already shut down the house and I’m nodding off. But before I break, here’s a link to a website with more information.



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