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