Hubby's blood pressure was extremely high 2 weeks ago

@icyorchid (2564)
United States
June 3, 2008 9:49am CST
My hubby gave us a scare 2 weeks ago. He was having major chest pains and his arms were tingling and he refused to go to the ER. I did get him to agree to go to the dr and when we got to the dr office and they took his blood pressure, it was 180/103! The dr did an EKG on him and the ST that delivers the oxygen to his heart is damaged and that is what was causing the pain and the tingling arms. The dr said it was damaged because of him being hypertentious for so long and not taking care of it. She gave him 2 pressure pills to take and something for heartburn. We have been together 25 years and this is the first dr (besides workman's comp) he has seen. Well, all that has changed, he is going to the dr regularly now. He goes again on June 9th, to make sure all is going well with the pills and to check his pressure again. He told me the day after he went to the dr that he was happy and relieved that he wasn't dying, so I now know that he was afraid of someone telling him his time was almost up. His father died of a fatal heart attack and this really scared him, but didn't want to know anything. lol I look at it as a warning sign to him and he needs to listen to it. The dr didn't give him a diet to follow though, so I am wondering if anyone knows what he can/can't eat? I know low sodium or sodium free, but I mean what specifically can he NOT have? We are getting advice from his co-workers that if he listens to them, we won't be eating. lol According to them 99% of the food we have he can't have and the drinks too. So any advice on a diet would be very helpful. Thanks Have a great day ~Icy~
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@ch88ss (2270)
• United States
4 Jun 08
This is great that he is doing well again. 25 years sure is a long time. Have you always been a stay at home mom? Lucky you! my coworker husband also had similiar problems and she pretty much kept him off burgers, butters and chocolate. Have you checked online?
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@icyorchid (2564)
• United States
4 Jun 08
Hi, Yes it is a long time. No I did work until 2003 when I had an accident and then I couldn't stand or do anything for a long period of time (6 - 8 hours), so we decided I would stay home. I am going to another dr to see if I can get my pain level down so I can work again if I need to. I will try to keep him off that, but he likes butter on his sandwiches, so I guess I wil be switching to fat free butter? lol I don't know if they have it, but I will be doing lots of reading at the store. :) Yes I have and found not a lot. lol
@spalladino (17925)
• United States
3 Jun 08
I'm glad to see that your hubby is now under a doctor's care and that he's taking this seriously because, with his family history, he really should. My husband had a heart attack at 55 followed by a triple bypass. We didn't make drastic changes in his diet afterwards (he wouldn't eat if I tried that) but I do make sure that he eats a balanced diet that includes lean meats, fish, vegetables & fruit and very little saturated fats. Do a search on Heart Healthy Diets. I found a lot of good information on the web back when I was looking.
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@icyorchid (2564)
• United States
3 Jun 08
Thank you very much for the help I will search for that. My husband is the same food has to have flavor if he is going to eat. lol Just like last night he put meat tenderizer on our meat and I told him "I told you you are not suppose to have that" and his reply was "SO" lol Because that was the flavoring on his meat. We don't use that seasoning often, so I guess it was ok. Thanks again
• Canada
4 Jun 08
Take good care of your husband.
@icyorchid (2564)
• United States
4 Jun 08
I am :)