Since (self included) most here are a bunch of grumpy old men I thought
this worth asking.
I'm 67 years old and have always had good checkups. I also take my pulse
occasionally and it's always been excellent...typical 62 or so. My
assumption was "all ok."
Have not had a physical in a few years but recently had one and my blood
pressure was about 40 points high. Doc said not to panic...happens
pretty often to men in my age group and I will return in a few days to
probably get medication.
In the mean time I got a blood pressure meter and have cut back on
sodium intake. After a few days my pressure dropped about ten points and
I also noticed that coffee (thankfully) did not affect things.
Anyone else here taking blood pressure meds? If so, what are the results
and how many pills a day do you take?
yes. A bit younger than you, and I don't think I was 40 points too high.
Take two pills per day (I opted for two separate pills as they are
cheaper than if I had to buy the two different meds combined in a single
pill - the doc was impressed with my figuring this out).
Results are fine. I don't bother to check my blood pressure, but it is
good when I go to the doc (rarely) or give blood, etc.
I don't worry about sodium. That has been way overhyped, although some
people (far less than all) have a sodium intolerance.
Thank you very much...I do not want to take a lot of pills all the time
but of course will do whatever it takes. If two a day is cheaper then
for sure I will do that. This will be the first time in my life I'll be
on meds so realize how fortunate I am.
My doctor is extremely cautious with my pocket book.
When I got my physical I told him I was due for a tetanus shot.
Since that is not covered by my insurance he told me to just go to the
drugstore across the street as it would be 1/4 the cost.
Quite nice to have an honest doctor. My previous doctor did not think
twice in sending me a $500 bill for having my ear flushed out. My
insurance company told him he was not going to get one cent unless he
lowered the bill. He then knocked off $100
In alt.home.repair, on Fri, 14 Oct 2016 09:42:11 -0700, Taxed and Spent
I agree. there must be truth to it for some people, but I eat a whole
box of salt every year just from what I add on my own, not counting
what's in the food and my BP is normal all the time, even though I'm
fat, out of shape, and 69. It used to be 40 points low with the same
Also wrt losing weight. Yes, if you don't have salt in your system you
won't have as much water, but one salty meal and you're back where you
were. If you'd eaten salt all that time, it would be excreted and you'd
be no worse off. I think.
The doctor did prescribe a statin last winter, so I take that, and
vitamin D. (He says no one gets enough vitamin D otherwise, but he said
no need when I asked about multivitamins. He's 68 himself. I'll be
sorry to see him retire some day.)
This is the first time where I will now have to examine what I eat.
Even though I do not plan on obsessing too much...
as far as the salty foods (sodium) go...it's not like I was a little
over the recommended limit...I probably eat 5 times or more of the salt
and carbs that I should.
So far my wife and I made a pack that we will not skip our once daily
walks. I managed to cut way down on my salt intake and found if I need
to add seasoning a few shots of hot sauce will do the trick.
Now that I've been watching things all week I was happy to see that I
actually had a normal blood pressure when I woke up this morning. Even
though it goes up as the day progresses it's not as far out of range as
it was when I first became aware of this.
In alt.home.repair, on Sat, 15 Oct 2016 14:49:37 -0500, philo
And those walks are important. At least some daily exercise as little
as walking is important to get.
I rode a bike for the first time in years yesterday, but the
derailleurs wont' derail. Cables bad. I'm going to dig out my $10
bike that works and ride that.
My bike is now history but I love walking.
When we started out I was walking slowly and enjoying the scenery and my
wife was walking ahead and growing impatient.
One the way home I was walking quite fast. Bladder
Until I was about 70, my BP was consistently 120/80. Then it started
creeping up; when it got to 140+, doc put me on meds so now I take
amlodipine and lisinopril once a day, don't recall the strength, which
keeps my BP in the low 130/80-85 range.
I'd be very happy to loose five or ten pounds.
My dad dropped dead at 64 but my mom at 90 is doing very well.
The whole family was more pissed at my father's death than saddened.
He was very athletic until 50 or so then let himself go and turned into
a fat blob
I eat almost continuously and that will just plain have to stop.
My wife and I both have quit drinking and on the good side...I never
smoked and she quit about 16 years ago.
I have lost quite a few friend due to smoking and some of those alive
are on exygen
Smoking is the worse thing you can do to your body. I quit in my late
20's. I've known several people that died of lung cancer including one
on the surgeon generals committee that condemned cancer and switched to
Larks because of the charcoal filter. I also had two uncles with
emphysema which was the main driving force to make me quit.
Yep it's nothing but bad news.
When my wife moved in here 16 years ago I made her smoke outside.
First -20F day she decided to quit.
Now she hates smoke worse than I do.
Also lost a few to colon cancer...they were around 50 and figured they
were too young to get tested.
As to my blood pressure, by my cutting out excess salt I saw improvement
but still it was too high.
Saw my doctor first thing this morning and he put me on a very low dose
of Amlopodine, 2.5mg
Five hours later my BP is down to a high normal.
He told me to give it a week to make sure I don't have any side effects
The John Hancock Life Insurance "Life Expectancy Calculator" at
tells me that dropping from 215 to 200 15 pounds will add 2 years to my
life expectancy. 6'4" tall.
Dropping more does not seem to change the numbers.
It is informative to play around with the "Exercise" numbers.
"Regular Exercise" (whatever that is....) vs "I am not active" is good
for six years.
I've noticed exercise drops my BP somewhat. By that I don't mean taking
the poodle for a walk around the block but rather something that keeps
my heart rate up to about 90% for and hour or two. I can't do that
walking on level ground but fortunately we have an abundant supply of
mountains. 2000' of ascent gets the heart moving.
I look more at my family history.
My mom at 90 is still alive and everyone on my mom's side lived to the
88-99 year range.
On my father's side things do not look as good as my dad died at
64...but he turned into a big fat blob.
One thing that seems to be a rule though:
Whatever it is you plan for...it will be something else that gets you.
My first doc gave me 100mg of atenolol (beta blocker). It gave me
symptoms of a heart attack. Sweating, nausea, dizzyness, etc. This
merely sitting on the couch. If I went for a little walk jes to stay in shape,
I often had to call my daughter to come pick me up, as an episode
would jes wipe me out.
I called 'em episodes and fer two yrs went to heart specialists that
could tell me nothing. I self medicated down to 50mg of atenolol and
the episodes ceased. Unfortunately, my blood pressure had climbed
back up to borderline high.
I finally saw an old doc I hadn't seen in several yrs. He sed, "You
need to take some lisinopril with that atenolol." He prescribed some
for me and I tried it. It worked. I now take a daily dose of 50mg
atenolol with 20mg linsinopril. Keeps my blood pressure at normal
specs. I'm 68.
My advice is, try several doctors. Beta blockers may not work for
you and every doc has their own solution. Keep looking until you find
a doc that will prescribe what works FOR YOU! Don't let some doc jes
mumble some prescription, then kick ya' to the curb. ;)
Yep...with all the crap they did with my wife we are both aware that
many docs just give the wrong meds and don't even care...I am very aware
of the fact : If something does not seem right...then it's not.
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