i need help with pre hypertension. i am a 42 year old firefighter that has a medical exam coming up and i would really like to get my blood pressure closer to normal. right now i have been monitoring it myself daily and im am pretty consistent at 135/95.
the things i have done is try to pick up an extra day in the week of exercise, 3 days now.
i have had my doctor prescribe hydrochlorothiazide 25mg once a day.
also i have been taking tons of vitamin supplements daily.
diet, i have recently tried to cut as much saturated fats and lower my salt intake as much as possible. no processed or prepared foods.
after all this i am not seeing that much movement in my numbers.
is all of this too much? is anything counter acting something else im doing?
if you have any ideas for me for reasonably fast reduction of blood pressure i am all ears!!
I agree that your blood pressures should be in the normal range, particularly in view of your occupation. Forget the vitamins, calcium, etc.
You don't tell me about your family history, whether you smoke, your weight, etc.
Most persons with elevated blood pressure merit proper treatment,and it will often take more than your dosage of hydrochlorothiazide. Taking Dyazide, which has a potassium sparing agent, would perhaps help. Also, you should consult with your doctor about prescribing an additional blood pressure lowering agent that is well tolerated and won't interfere with your work. A modest dosage of amlodipine in addition to Dyazide might do the trick.
Stay with it; high blood pressure is almost always effectively treated.
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