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MOJO_JO Posts: 372
5/13/08 7:56 P

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Hi Surfmom! Thanks for the empathy - it helps:)
I have read about resperate but the cost makes me hesitate. I asked my doctor about it and he said he's skeptical, that it could bring down your BP momentarily while you're doing it but he was dubious that the effect would be long-lasting. And I can't find anyone who actually has tried it.
I'm looking for a good yoga DVD. So far the ones I've tried make me feel bored, LOL!
So I ahve to ask: where did you get the username Surfmom? That is so cute!

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5/13/08 3:36 P

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oh my goodness, Jo! Thats terrible. And CDVanaher, I'd be afraid to just 'wait and see' too long, I think..but you didnt mention any numbers, so I dont know.
I suspect mine must be genetic too, and will probably never be able to go off meds..which, as long as I can find something SOON that works and doesnt make me feel crap, will be okay I guess.
Yoga can help so many things and I'd like to try it, also.


Have you all read about Resperate? www.resperate.com

I would love to try that!



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MOJO_JO Posts: 372
5/8/08 2:35 P

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That's a great article, thanks for sending the link!!!

I do all of that EXCEPT: I do have a lot of stress, anxiety and worry in my life and I don't have a social support system at all. I moved to this town two years ago to care for my mom who has alzheimers. I haven't made friends in this town and I worry and stress about my mom - and my dad has dementia so I also have him. Recently moved them into a nursing home but there is still so much to sort out, etc....

So I need to work on those two aspects. Yoga is something I should do too!

thanks,
Jo

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5/8/08 1:11 P

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I found this which I like:

www.mayoclinic.com/health/high-blood
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I'm tracking my sodium here at SP, don't have a problem with that, don't eat many "processed" or packaged foods and those I do I make sure are low sodum because my husband prefers those.

I think my age and sex is going to get me but since they don't understand blood pressure and meds even less; I'll bet on my body/genetics before I'll bet on the medical establishment :-) One reason I study my genealogy is to learn medical info and all my ancestors back 4 generations in all directions, average age of death is mid-80's. My mother's brother is still alive at 96 this year and my father's sister at 87 this year.

I'm only 57 and have read your genes influence until you're 60 and then you're on your own (with lifestyle). That's why I want to get as healthy as I can by then and then I'll re-evaluate. I visit the doctor quarterly for med checks and tests, etc.


There is no pleasure worth forgoing just for an extra three years in the geriatric ward. ~John Mortimer


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5/8/08 9:13 A

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if you go on line they have several yoga tapes for seniors that show adaptions for wheelchair or other issues

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5/8/08 9:11 A

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always take your med's and try different ones to avoid the side effects. Yoga is good to gain flexibility, you do any of the moves to the point that you feel resistance and then stretch just a bit further and hold for a count. That way you slowly get your body to the most flexibility that it has...everyone is different. Because of my RA I can't do a lot of the moves anymore but I do modifications so that I get the best I can. Getting on the floor is no longer an option for me but I use the bed and a chair to do what I can. Any movement is better than none

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5/7/08 9:39 P

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Hi,
I have HBP, and it was uncontrolled for some time. The Doctor figures for at least several years. The uncontrolled blood pressure has caused damage to my heart and to my kidneys. I regret avoiding seeing a doctor during that time. High blood pressure runs in my family. Almost all medication has possible side effects. But the side effect of not taking a needed med for blood pressure is worse than any of the side effects for taking it. I do not want to have a stroke or heart attack and I certainly do not want to die. There so many different kinds of blood pressure meds out there, that if you do suffer from side effects your doctor ought to be able to find a treatment that works for you. After months of working with my doctor to get my pressure under 135/90, mine is finally under control. It is usually in the low 130's/80 something at the doctor's office, but much lower at home. Usually under 120/80. I feel the low sodium diet, walking daily, losing weight, and the meds have all contributed to the success. I will continue to do all of the above.
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MOJO_JO Posts: 372
5/7/08 9:20 P

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My BP is also genetic. I'm not overweight, I eat an extremely low-sodium diet, I exercise daily, and I have had high blood pressure since age 13! I've been told to just consider myself fortunate that there are medications available that work....
Positive attitude is important and I have a bad one about the side-effects of the meds, I admit it, so I'm working on thinking positive!
And I'd like to try yoga just for the relaxation impact but it makes me hesitant because I'm so inflexible...

Jo

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5/7/08 8:40 P

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My cardiologist has a regular cuff and the thigh cuff. The thigh cuff (actually done on the thigh) usually makes me cry. My bp is genetic also, so I have no hope of ever being off meds. I've finally accepted that I need the meds.

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5/7/08 8:15 P

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I have no clue, but at least you have hope of it going down.. I was skinny when mine started.. and no matter what I must stay on the meds.. I'm active.. I've tried it all. I just have resigned myself to take the meds.

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5/7/08 6:33 P

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yoga does help with lowering BP, it is really the slowing of the body down and meditation that lowers the BP. to get started sit every night for 15 min in a dark quite room stareing at a flickering candle flame. Try to relax and not think about anything. It will take you a while to stop the mind from working on issues. There are a lot of relaxation tapes also that you can use. but if you do something daily to relax completely you will see it lower considerately.

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5/7/08 1:17 P

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My doctor has two sizes of cuffs, but not a thigh one. Never heard of that. My bp is genetic, so the best I can hope for is to cut back on meds. But don't let it go too long, it's truly not good for you.

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That is interesting about the BP cuff. I have thought that the more it hurt the higher the reading, but assumed it was just my imagination. It also seems that those digital BP machines hurt more than the regular pump up cuffs and stethoscope. I have mentioned both to nurses jokingly. I got no response so that reinforced the idea that it was my imagination.



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Has anyone tried yoga? I heard that it can help lower blood pressure. I have done yoga and need to get back to doing it.

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5/7/08 10:20 A

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Hi All, Chubbymom was right in that genetics can play a big part in hbp. I was 38, weighed only 128 pounds and hadn't used salt in cooking or on food in 7 years when I developed hbp. Don't know why it would take so long for weight loss to affect your bp but please be sure to monitor your pressure. It can so easily go very high with no symptoms. If the problem is truly associated with your weight the good news would be that you could work yourself off the medication. So don't totally rule out that option. Good luck with your weight and pressure.
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I've had high blood pressure for 6 years and tried to avoid medication until last year when I was very bluntly told by my doctor that I had to or it was just a matter of time before a heart attack or stroke. I am on medication now, have quit smoking, lost weight and am getting more physically active. My blood pressure is still high! If it's not down by next month the doctor will try another medication. She told me that there is a good possibility it is genetics and there is not a lot can be done about that,except to take medication along with lifestyle changes.

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I BELIEVE THAT THE REASON IT IS HIGH IS BECAUSE YOU ARE EATING TOO MUCH SODIUM AND OTHER SALTY FOODS. MOST OF YOUR CANNED VEGGIES ARE FULL OF SALT. I TRY TO BUY REDUCED SALT OR NO SALT, THE FROZEN VEGIES AR THE BEST. READ THE LABLE AND FIND THE AMOUNT OF SODUM AND SALT. CUT DOWN ON IT. TRY AND LET YOURSELF GO ON MEDS FOR A LITTLE WHILE. CAT LOVER emoticon emoticon

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I'm trying to influence my blood pressure through losing weight but my doctor says it will take months for it to go down. Does anyone know about that and why?

I was fortunate, the blood pressure cuff would kill me when my pressure was being taken and I read up on it and measured my arm, etc. and the wrong cuff was being used which apparently isn't uncommon but can be very dangerous as it can give a wrong reading of up to 20 points!

www.plus-size-pregnancy.org/lgbpcuff
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I kept complaining and finally, this last visit, my doctors' office had bought a thigh cuff! Hooray, no more screaming when my pressure was being taken :-)

Of course, that wasn't my only problem; age and weight have ganged up on me and my blood pressure is still too high so I'm here at SP to lose the weight and hopefully get the pressure down where the doctor quits bugging me to go on meds as I would rather trust my body for another couple years than the doctors :-)

But how come it takes months for it to go down?

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