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HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE AFTER SURGERY
My blood pressure is all over the place. Oct 2019 was my HA & triple bypass surgery and I thought I would be doing better than this by now. Our only communication with my cardiologist is via messaging. I feel like I need more attention to this problem than what I get. All I get is a change in meds (and "let's try this") This was going on prior to my HA .. and I really don't want to have another one. Any suggestions?
survivor09, April 1, 2021 12:03pm EST
I'm sorry you are having this problem. It is hard to get some doctors to pay attention, especially when they can't fix something. Maybe switch doctors. Or just make an appointment for a second opinion. As you know, you have to be your own advocate and you know your body. Also, go to your primary care and express your concern and get some blood work. Maybe they can contact your heart doc and express concern.
I have just come off of a year for uncontrolled hypertension. I had a "small stroke" and did not even know it. COVID made it difficult to get proper help. Eventually they found that I had a huge swing in my Thyroid and they had to change the dosage of my synthroid. But until then it's been one med after the other to try and control this. However, before I had a responsive doctor, as I do now, I got nothin'. But, I had to change doctors to get the proper treatment.
I hope this works out for you. I spent a year in fear of having a stroke and I hope you don't have to go through that fear yourself. Don't give up!!
Djwel, April 1, 2021 9:03pm EST
Thank you Christine. I had a visit with a new ***; she is willing to intercede on my behalf with my cardiologist about the BP. I'm hoping that will help them get something done. I have been concerned about having a stroke - but I can't do any more than what I have done. I sure can't prescribe my own meds. I feel encouraged that I have more than one doctor looking at it now.
isamuelson, April 4, 2021 2:07am EST
I recently had a heart attack and i'm experiencing High Blood Preasure does not go down and i'm in very close contact with my cardiologist. I'm stil not sure what is the cause but I can tell you I am on 3 pills who do not take it down at all. I did a Hormone Panel as well as Ultra Sound to try to find the root cause. It can also be Sleep Apnea though I am not following that direction yet.
vancet, April 4, 2021 3:31am EST
Sorry to hear that, Djwel. How high are we talking about? I have a co-worker who's also had a triple bypass a year ago and his bp also gets concerning at times due to work stress. I believe the term they used for this was "Resistant Hypertension".
Djwel, April 4, 2021 8:50am EST
Oh gosh, it's all over the place. In one day, it started at 167/96 -- then 140/70 -- then 150/89. I do have stress at work, so have set my retirement date at Sept 1, this year. Maybe that will help. At my ***'s prompting - my cardio has responded to me. She thinks it could be what she called labile hypertension; I have heard of resistant hypertension also. Since we haven't been able to keep it steady in 5 years, I would say it could be that. I'm grateful that she has at least taken more interest in helping me get it under control.
Happy Easter Vancet ... and everyone on this site!!
Djwel, April 4, 2021 9:25pm EST
The *** was primary care physician ... not a dirty word. HA
Djwel, April 4, 2021 9:31pm EST
thanks for your iinput. I think probably we are headed in the direction of more meds added to what I am taking now. I've had terrible side effects from some, so may be difficult. I know that sleep (or lack thereof) can affect your BP .. I'm not a good sleeper. There are so many factors ... I wonder if it will be a long road ahead for both of us. I will keep you in my thoughts & prayers. Since my first post, my cardiologist has contacted me & are working on the meds.
GreenEyes12, April 9, 2021 9:40pm EST
I certainly hope you will find this helpful. I had my HA on March 30, 2020. In the past year one of my goals was to lower my BP. Meds helped to a degree, but I found diet changes and exercise to be most benificial. Even when I thought I was eating healthy, I was actually consuming more sodium than I realized! It's in "healthy" foods, i.e guacamole and salsa. It is abundant in canned, boxed, and frozen foods as well as dressings and sauces. When I removed these foods, ate more plants, and increased my steps to 12,000 -14,000 per day my BP went down quickly. Read labels and watch portion sizes. (A serving of guacamole or salad dressing is only 2 tablespoons. I don't know any guac eaters who limit it to 2 TBS!) I just took my BP and got a reading of 100/67. After my HA my BP averaged 150/95. Meds got it down to 135/90. My awesome numbers today are due to my efforts. I wish you health and happiness. I hope something I've said will be helpful to you achieving your goal of lower BP.
Djwel, April 10, 2021 10:23am EST
Thanks, GE-12 --- very helpful & kind words. :)