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Trip to the NP


Thursday, July 28, 2011

Well I went and saw the Nurse Practitioner today for a wellness check-up. Turns out my blood pressure was 130/90. YIKES!! That's really bad...the bottom number that is. Seeing how that I am 31 (will be 32 in October) the top number isn't so bad. But, that bottom number.....

It has me a bit concerned. You see, my dad was diagnosed with hypertension at the ripe age of 28. Twenty-eight!! Unbelievable!! And here I am with a bad blood pressure reading. The nurse said it may be dr. office nervousness, but I'm not so sure....

So, before I left, I requested that they check it again. My appointment went pretty well and I was nowhere near nervous by the time I was ready to leave. They checked it again and it was 132/88!! I couldn't believe it! I don't know what to do about it, but start monitoring it myself and just see. I do have an electronic blood pressure cuff here at home that used a little bit while I was pregnant with my second child. It was never that high though.

I called my dad up and asked him for some tips. Obviously, I need to lose weight. Secondly, he told me to cut out my salt and caffeine. I really don't drink a whole lot of caffeine. I normally have a cup of coffee in the morning and that's about it. I do have the occasional diet soda, but not even on a daily basis. I am going to monitor it some myself and just see what happens.

Any other tips would be greatly appreciated. This really concerns me!

~Amanda
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DRAWNTHISWAY 7/29/2011 9:35PM

    I want to say that diet can make a big difference, but that may only be if it is not a hereditary high blood pressure cause. You may try upping your consumption of potassium as it may help. (based off of something I read here http://amazingwellnessmag.com/healt
h-research-updates/ ) A list of potassium rich foods can be found at http://www.healthaliciousness.com/a
rticles/food-sources-of-potassi
um.php I will tend to caution against eating a "low salt" diet. I like to "salt to taste" because our body needs salt to help balance itself. Proper hydration can lead to better blood pressure numbers as well. (again this is all part of the body needing to balance itself) Finally I agree with SungBird being active is the best way to help lower HBP :)


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SUNGBIRD2000 7/28/2011 4:02PM

    walking will help tons...i read numerous articles that stated walking just 30 min on your 1st day of walking will improve your hbp within 2 hours of that workout...good luck!

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