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A good dose of cardiac excercise (three or four times a week), on your off days try some light weights and consentrate on reps not the weight amount, a healthy low fat diet (try to eat 5-6 small meals a day), quit smoking if applicable, get rid of love handles if applicable, try practicing yoga or pilates, practice deeeep breathing (oxygen is king for self healing) and limit alcohol. If these measures don't provide relief........try standing up tall with your arms extended towards heaven, take a deep deep breathe, while exhaling, bend over from the waste till your head is in the proximity of your knees and kiss yourass goodbye
Seriously I brought my bp down to an acceptable level by doing the above. good luck and take care of your wonderful self
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Agree with the exercise comments. My pulse is generally around 55 BPM, and at the last visit my doc was a bit worried that my BP was around 105/65. My cholesterol is a bit high but that is a different matter.
Also consider a few things about the circumstances under which it is measured:
- If you have a cup or two of coffee before having it taken, it can cause it to go up a fair amount. That is a temporary spike; it usually would go down after an hour or two.
- If you eat right before hand, it can cause similar spiking especially with certain foods or a very large meal
- After exercising, it will go up too.
You may want to have it taken a few different times a day a few days a week, to see if there are variations or a pattern if it does change significantly.
Many drug stores have a tester you can use for like $0.50 - $1.
You can get a small battery operated tester for very cheap and do it at home. We got one of these for my father-in-law, and tested it out before giving it to him. The results were pretty accurate but this type of device should supplement the doctor's "official" measurement.
I agree fully with the positive effect of diet and exercise. In addition, don't underestimate the value of some form of stress management training and/or relaxation training. Stress management is essentially adrenal management and this impacts BP, obviously.
If you must have an anti-hypertensive, (and after thorough bloodwork), the ACE Inhibitors (lisinopril, altace, captopril, etc.) are probably the most popular drugs of choice. In addition to not having significant adverse affects, they are also the least sexually toxic of the anti-hypertensives. The Calcium Channel Blockers are also not to bad in this regard, but beware of the thiazides, diuretics, CNS agents, beta blockers, and vasodilators as they all will have an ED effect.
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