High Blood Pressure

@lilybug (21148)
United States
May 19, 2009 10:51pm CST
A few weeks ago my doctor informed me that I have borderline High Blood Pressure. I am kind of surprised because my blood pressure has always been pretty average. Then again I should not be too surprised. High blood pressure runs in the family. Any ideas on how I can keep my blood pressure in check? Do you have high blood pressure? What do you do to keep it reasonable?
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@prinzcy (5058)
• Malaysia
20 May 09
I don't have problem with high blood pressure. Usually it's low blood pressure for me. My mom has this problem. She keep them at bay though. I am not really sure how she do it . She said she took a spoon of lime juice everyday and avoid late or heavy dinner. If she need to eat, it will be before 7 o'clock.
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
20 May 09
I do eat later at night. I do not eat much during the day. I think most of my calories are consumed after the sun goes down.
@peavey (16856)
• United States
21 May 09
I think it's about a third of the people with high blood pressure who are sensitive to salt - but there's a relation between salt and potassium that's important. Make sure your potassium levels are good. Sometimes potassium deficiency in itself can cause high blood pressure. Ask your doctor to test you for it because they don't always do that. Foods with lots of potassium are cantaloupe, bananas, watermelon, potatoes, spinach, zucchini and oranges. Other foods that lower blood pressure in different ways are Concord grapes and their juice and celery. Exercise and keeping your weight down is always recommended. There are other things, though, like learning how to relax, doing deep breathing exercises and eating the right food. I've had trouble with high blood pressure for over 10 years and have learned to keep it under control with these methods. I still take a prescription for it, but a low dose that hasn't had to be changed for the last 5 years. One day I'll be able to do without that, too.
@katsmeow1213 (29047)
• United States
21 May 09
I don't know much about high blood pressure, other than to stay away from salt. My doctors told me I had high cholesterol. When I had the blood work done, at the time I had a bad gall bladder, which could have caused my cholesterol. They rechecked it a couple months back, but never bothered to tell me I was supposed to fast before the blood draw. Silly me had eggs and bacon for breakfast that day (all we had in the house), and not surprisingly, the tests came back saying I still had high blood pressure. I'm not worrying about it too much. I think the test was wrong. I'll have it retaken at some point and this time I'll do it right and see where it gets me.
@ersmommy1 (12600)
• United States
21 May 09
My grandmother had high blood pressure. They treated it with meds. Blood thinner called cumadine. Then of course the basics. Low salt, moderate exercise. Try to avoid stressful situations (yeah right, I know, I know)
@rsa101 (14916)
• Quezon City, Philippines
20 May 09
It also runs in the family, but so far I have no BP problem as of yet. There are several factors that could trigger that. One is diet, are you eating those high cholesterol foods these will clog your blood vessels thus having high blood pressure because of these clogs in the blood vessels. Another factor I guess is stress, sometimes when under heavy stress our blood pressure tends to go high to cope up with the pressure the environment you are with right now. Lastly, I truly believe that as we age we really have the tendency to have an unmanageable BP as we age in life. These are some of the factors that contribute to it so maybe one of those or maybe the three factors fit you to become a candidate for High BP.