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Discussion: suggested prescription for BP for high BP

in: BP; BP > 2017-01-10

Jan 10, 2017 9:03 PM # 
when I retired last year my blood pressure dropped ~ 20 pts ... just getting rid of all that day to day stress (work and multi time zone travel related) made all the difference . I can highly recommend it ! Go out when you are at the top of your game !
Jan 10, 2017 10:25 PM # 
:-) I really like that advice! Having trouble selling it the boss though.
Jan 10, 2017 10:39 PM # 
which boss (home or work?) ;-) who's the boss anyway ?
Jan 10, 2017 11:44 PM # 
matzah ball:
compromise may be the best solution, if thats an option.
Jan 11, 2017 3:36 AM # 
I'm quite familiar with BP (a prescient UN:-)...years of experience, and blew out some of my MV chordae tendineae (which were working against a pressure head for longer than they could put up with, IMO).* Currently, for me, an ARB (losartan) + a CCB (amlodipine) + perspective (when it reveals itself) + humor + say a wee dram of Scotch (et al) + an abundance of exercise of course, and, a 'decent diet' (when discipline speaks) keep BP "out of sight, out of mind". To be honest, I don't monitor my BP on a regular basis but don't forget the pills. "Do as I say, not as I do".

Yeah, peeing away BP with a diuretic is appropriate in relatively few situations. Beta blockers minimize maximum heart rate (which gets in the way of maximizing performance) as well as contribute to peripheral vasospasm. I recall an account of a lost winter hiker in the Adirondacks who suffered frostbitten, eventually amputated toes attributed to the beta blocker he was taking for BP control.

* valve repair in order!

Disclaimer: no financial support and guaranteed 10% tongue in cheek.

PS: a blood pressure rx of an entirely different sort --- life as an apprentice Mongolian yak herder for a year --- would likely work BP wonders. And not a blood pressure cuff within miles -- or a TV/smart phone or or -- mainly the Milky Way for quiet contemplation.
Jan 11, 2017 5:42 PM # 
Bob thanks- nice holistic Rx! Just switched to valsartan which is slightly more potent and formulated for once daily use
BTW best wishes for your upcoming surgery (MGH?) - I'll watch your log for updates.
ps Yak herding has its merits- one draw back though - scads of yak dung to process ;-)
Jan 11, 2017 8:33 PM # 
Yak dung? Let it dry and then burn it for heat, cooking. Very useful.
Jan 11, 2017 11:24 PM # 
Renewable source for sure.
I was mulling getting a goat to handle buckthorn and other invasives, could be my internship to a new careeer.

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