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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?
thanks
M
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On 10/14/2016 9:36 AM, philo wrote:

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.
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On 10/14/2016 11:42 AM, Taxed and Spent wrote:

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
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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 salt intake.
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.)
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On 10/14/2016 08:23 PM, micky wrote:

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.
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In alt.home.repair, on Sat, 15 Oct 2016 14:49:37 -0500, philo

That's great.
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.
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On 10/15/2016 09:38 PM, micky wrote:

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
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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.
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On 10/14/2016 12:14 PM, dadiOH wrote:

Thank you very much for the feedback.
I should probably loose a little weight too ...even if it's only five pounds.
Nothing to do with health...just too cheap to buy new clothes!
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On 10/14/2016 1:18 PM, philo wrote:

My experience same as dad's. I take lisinopril and a water pill. Tough to lose weight but I tried and lost 10 lb and it did no good.
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On 10/14/2016 01:04 PM, Frank wrote:

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
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On 10/14/2016 5:12 PM, philo wrote:

I tell folks that now that I am old nothing works as well and I can't do as much as I did when younger but I still have the same appetite for food and drink.
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On 10/14/2016 05:41 PM, Frank wrote:

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
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On 10/15/2016 3:51 PM, philo wrote:

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.
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On 10/15/2016 06:05 PM, Frank wrote:

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
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Per philo:

The John Hancock Life Insurance "Life Expectancy Calculator" at https://www.johnhancockinsurance.com/life/life-expectancy-tool.aspx 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.
--
Pete Cresswell

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On 10/14/2016 07:57 PM, (PeteCresswell) wrote:

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.
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On 10/14/2016 08:57 PM, (PeteCresswell) wrote:

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.
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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. ;)
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On 10/14/2016 12:15 PM, notbob wrote:

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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