I have been with Spark People for over a year now. My blood pressure when I started was consistently in the pre hypertension and hypertension stages. I'm very happy to say that after loosing weight and becoming more active, my blood pressure stayed within the normal range. I feel so much better, and I am hoping that my doctor will be taking me off the blood pressure medicine when I see him next time. I hope and pray that all of you will be able to turn your high blood pressure around also.
current weight: 161.0
Fitness Minutes: (145) Posts: 31 11/14/12 9:27 A
i'm learning that breathing really helps the blood vessels relax i often try to practice this several times a day especially if you have teens!!!! other than that certain foods can help lower blood pressure
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current weight: 36.0 over
Fitness Minutes: (70,790) Posts: 3,827 11/7/12 10:47 P
My blood pressure is sometime high at the Drs office and sometimes when I am upset.i probably need to check it more often.. My wife who is a RN who checks it .She uses a sphygmomanometer and stethoscope.
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current weight: 11.0 over
Fitness Minutes: (145) Posts: 31 11/3/12 9:18 A
That chart is pretty informative, thank you for sharing GOLDDUSTMOMMY. It helps me understand where my different readings fall. It also had information on white coat syndrome, which I have been diagnosed with. Great read.
Pounds lost: 80.0
Fitness Minutes: (17,390) Posts: 1,668 8/4/12 2:39 P
OMG I get the white coat syndrome it always shoots up when im in the office. Then because it does that I get nervous and it goes up. Im happy today it was 121/71. The odd thing was I had an energy drink hour prior to the reading.
current weight: 182.0
Fitness Minutes: (1,077) Posts: 100 5/15/12 8:49 P
They say under 120/80 but I am assuming numbers have to be consistent. I often wonder at what point will doctors consider removing you from the medicine? I can get numbers in 120/64 or 125/72 yet when I am panicked about being there I will get readings like 140/88. My doctor has expressed that they expect numbers to pick up for people from coming to the doctor, which is what makes getting a consistent reading difficult. I have also learned that 121- 139 for the top is considered pre-hypertensive and 81-89 for the bottom is pre-hypertensive. These numbers are not as concerning but can hint that someone is heading toward hypertension.
I've read that the 120/80 is optimum, but I agree with others that some doctors might be okay with a BP that's a little higher than that if there aren't any other health issues and some might want it lower. I'm happy when the upper number on mine is anywhere in the 120s (or lower) and the lower number is less than 80.
I find that the website for the American Heart Association is a good one (heart.org) for information.
'Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming -- WOW -- what a ride!
My doctor said 120/80 is great but he likes to see it even a bit lower because I'm a diabetic. But I would say the best place to get your numbers is from your family doc. He/she knows you and knows all your medical info.
Best wishes to you as you continue to work on this.
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YOUR Choice!!!!*************************** Stephanie in Nova Scotia
I do not know how to navigaye that well on the computer....that said I do know that ideal was 120 over 80 and is now 115 over 75 according to Dr OZ
In GOD We Trust Choose To Lose "If you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up. It is always tired in the morning, noon and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired." -General George S Patton, U.S.Army, 1912 Olympian
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Fitness Minutes: (1,922) Posts: 19 5/8/12 9:42 A
I have been looking in this forum and don't see a post about what our goal blood pressure reading should be, just thought it might be a nice resource for the Team Leader to discuss what a healthy bp reading is and perhaps a link to more information about when the numbers come in showing a risk and to see the doctor, etc.
If you do respond with the above or if there is a post for this that I missed, might I suggest pinning the topic so it is readily available to the new team members?
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