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Offline suze

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Re: Strategy to reduce blood pressure quickly
« Reply #15 on: March 12, 2012, 06:35:53 PM »
Please let us know how it goes for you.

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Re: Strategy to reduce blood pressure quickly
« Reply #16 on: March 13, 2012, 09:50:00 AM »
Jay,  How did it go?


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Re: Strategy to reduce blood pressure quickly
« Reply #17 on: March 13, 2012, 07:53:30 PM »
Sorry, been absolutely frantic preparing for this trip and setting things up for my family so they can function here in my 7-month absence if I pass this physical. I don't know all the results of the physical yet though. Won't know until tomorrow (Wednesday). Over the weekend, my BP was remarkably low. I'm talking numbers like 116/69. Well below 120/80 all weekend.

I followed a lot of advice here. No carbs at all. No caffeine. No sodium. Plus, as I mentioned, I doubled-up on my BP meds, plus I added a small dose of Diovan into the mix as that has been known to help my BP short term (it always stops working eventually though but all I needed was for it to work for a few days).

So all was well and I thought I had this beat. But the morning of the test it all unraveled. I got there at 5:50AM, 10 minutes ahead of my scheduled time. But the staff there knew nothing about my "special test" (the test protocols are specified by the carrier and they sent the protocol in, and confirmed it was received, before I scheduled my test). So, as I sat around watching time vanish into thin air, knowing I absolutely had to be home at 8AM to take care of my kids because my wife had an important business meeting that morning, my anxiety kicked in and that, coupled with my normal white-coat syndrome, sent my systolic up to 143, three lousy points over the limit. My diastolic was fine in the low 80s.

I knew the white-coat thing would be an issue but I figured if I went in there well below 120/80, that left me plenty of room for a small increase from that. I wasn't counting on the incompetence of this facility, and the cavalier and rude treatment I got from some of the staff and them making me late for my other commitment. I mean, I scheduled my test for this time because I was assured I'd be the only one there and I'd be in and out quickly. But they somehow managed to bungle it up and I got caught in the middle of their amazing incompetence. That was enough to send my systolic a tad too high.

I wanted to lay down and relax so they could take it again, but I was out of time. Already late, actually. So I had to accept fate on this one.

It may not be a deal-breaker. It's up to the doctor, and she knew I had a documented case of the white-coat thing. She may cut me some slack on that. I'll know tomorrow.

Thanks to everyone for all the tips.

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Re: Strategy to reduce blood pressure quickly
« Reply #18 on: March 13, 2012, 08:47:08 PM »
Wow, I'm so sorry to hear about the bureaucratic bungles.  I hope the doctor cuts you some slack.

Thanks for letting us know, by the way.  It's interesting that it's possible to get blood pressure down by so much so quickly, even if the techniques aren't all good long term techniques.

Offline JayJay

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Re: Strategy to reduce blood pressure quickly
« Reply #19 on: March 13, 2012, 09:14:48 PM »
Well, no matter what I've done in the past to try reduce my BP, over the past 30 odd years or so now, it has always been temporary. That is, except for eating Paleo. This WOE has made a big difference and it has held for almost a year. It hasn't lowered my BP enough yet to get my doctor off my back, but it has made a big difference that I suspect will only get better over time.

For whatever reason, and this is a family trait, my body prefers and feels better with slightly elevated BP. 130/90 to 150/100 is ideal for me. Anything lower or higher and I feel like crap. In fact, this past weekend with my BP below 120/80, I felt like I was in a coma. Very low energy, dizziness, headache, etc. So yeah, even though it shot up at just the wrong moment, I sure felt better. Many of my family members are like this as well. No matter what we do to lower it, our bodies eventually ratchet it back up.

Interestingly, nobody in my family, except for the very old who were also smokers, has died from CVD, heart attack, or stroke. I suspect that some day science will uncover a subset of our species that is simply made to run at a higher BP than the rest of the population, for whatever reason.

Still, it will be interesting to see if Paleo makes a bigger and longer-term difference for me at some point. It wouldn't surprise me if it does.