Sam0126
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Sam0126, May 11,  2020  7:15pm EST

High Blood Pressure - no pills

Hi Team, I'm want to share my experience on HBP. I have been on losantan 10 mg for an year and never really care on my eating habits though I weight 67 which is fine for my height 5.7. However recently we  were planning to have our second baby and asked doctor if I losantan medication should be stopped or continued. He said stop it for 3 days if you have hight BP then he will give amaldopin 5mg. It's my first day with amaldopin and I see there are side effects in the long run however anybody has any suggestion on how I can manage BP with a supplement or no pills? and better life style. I don't drink or smoke but maybe it's my old bad lifetyle that put me in this situation. So when doctor said he will switch to amaldopin I took a break for 4 days and all of a sudden my bp went to 152/106 and was really scared and immediately took amaldopin and was under control. This was my first experience where I felt uneasy, tensed and worried and guilty not taking medication on time. I joined this group to get some knowledge on how I should take care of my BP without medication in the long run. For now I'm on med as per the doctor. Any thoughts/suggestions would be highly appreciated. Sorry for long message 😊

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  • AHAASAKatie
    AHAASAKatie, May 12,  2020  8:52am EST

    Good morning, I am so sorry that you are having to manage this. I can share with you the information we have on HBP and lifestyle changes that can help you become healthier and possibly off the medications. I also encourage you to talk to your doctor about how you feel and see if there are suggestions and/or benchmarks you need to reach to not need the HBP meds. It's hard to tell from your post if you are the mom or the dad :) either way, a conversation with your OB might in order as well. 

    I hope this is helpful and please know we are here to listen and help as much as possible. Best Katie

  • JamesPL
    JamesPL, May 12,  2020  7:24pm EST

    Hi Sam,

    One of the best ways to help lower your blood pressure is exercise. If strenuous exercise is either impossible or undesireable, then I highly recommend frequent brisk walks or bikr rides. This will also help your mental well being as well. However I must caution that you consult with your doctor before you consider an exercise program to make sure there's no underlying risks involved. I would also ask your doctor about weight training as well. This doesn't have to be like the body builders you see in a gym. Small light weights such as **** bells will help. These exercises are good for strengthening your heart and ultimately help your blood pressure. When I was in cardiac rehab, I was encouraged to do much of this at home as part of my recovery. I would encourage you to also consult with a professional trainer of physical therapist if that's possible to get some advice on what types of exercises are good for someone with high blood pressure.

    Hope this helps. Good luck!

    Jim 

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