Hypertension

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Husband has hypertension and is taking Losartan, an angiotensin II receptor antagonist.  It works by relaxing blood vessels so the heart need not pump as hard and the piping system (veins and arteries) being relaxed, keep the blood pressure lower.

With the weight loss and the many foods that help with blood pressure control, it is coming down! He used to run 130/90 to 180/100. Not controlled.

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He now runs 110/70 to 140/88. Control is much better.

We’re looking forward to getting him off of his Losartan.

The weight reduction is helping a lot.

Walking 1-2 miles a day is also helping to bring down that pressure.

Eliminating sugar from the diet is also contributing. Did you know that eating sugar (simple carbs) will make you retain water just as badly as eating salt does?

The next step is to work on his stress. He lets too much stress in. It would help if he would pray but he’s not a praying man.

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So, I gave him a chapter to read from my book: The Great Cholesterol Myth. It’s about stress and stress kills. There are relaxation exercises to do and practice. And other ideas for him to think about. All of this, of course, is up to him.

The antihypertensive med comes with side effects, many the same as he got with his Lipitor: exhaustion, muscle cramps, stuffy nose, sneezing. He’s been on allergy meds and it’s quite possible without the BP med, he won’t need the allergy med! We’ll see…

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Blood pressure and your heart. They are part of the same body system.

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3 thoughts on “Hypertension

  1. peppermintfarm

    tannngl,

    It’s good to know your husband’s BP is coming down and he’s working at it. You must have great influence with him.

    I am blessed to have low BP all my life. Inherited from my father’s side of the family.

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    1. tannngl Post author

      This entire health move on our part started due to his eye surgery. I was very concerned about his weight and his high blood sugar for this surgery. It portends for higher infection rates, possible loss of sight with infections. So he was very motivated. And now he is retiring and wants to be healthy so… he is listening and trying and being successful.

      None of this stuff can be fixed overnight, particularly obesity. But, he had a huge success before his surgery. He lost 8 pounds in 2 weeks and his blood sugar camed down to low normal. And excellent level.

      I, too, have always had a very low blood pressure, Pepper. We are so much alike! I got it from my mom. Heres was always very low and she lived to be almost 94. Mine runs so low that when I went in for a colonoscopy (colon cancer is my family killer) the nurses kind of went into a panic with my 86/60 blood pressure. But that was normal. LOL

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      1. peppermintfarm

        tannngl,
        i have a real problem when going under the knife. My BP falls into shock levels and I’ve nearly gone to the wrong side of the dirt. Last time I was in shock for 13 hours before they brought me around by giving me blood.

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