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Monday, June 27, 2016

I had a scary blood pressure reading on vacation a couple of weeks ago.Too much alcohol, salty fried food and little to no exercise all took a toll. After a few days of partying like it's 1999- I started feeling light headed and could tell my heart rate was higher and harder than it should have been to be walking around shopping. We stopped in a walgreens and I had my pressure taken. 172/116! YIKES ( The sound of a whipped dog yelping) My friend and the pharmacist urged me to go to ER! ( How's THAT for a wake up call? ) I refrained from a hospital because they might have held me and eaten up my precious vacation time with my friends. But I most definitely stopped the salty fried foods and dropped down to no more than 2 alcoholic drinks per DAY. ( A mimosa with breakfast and a glass of wine at dinner) I also bought a wrist blood pressure monitor.

Having my own monitor and taking my blood pressure reading multiple times per day keeps me motivated to stay on my diet, to stay AWAY from salt and it also allows me to see my progress as I bring my readings down from that frightening HIGH, which was stage two hypertension to something healthier. ( I'm Now at 145/89 which is PRE hypertension) It also shifts the focus from the scale and pounds lost to each individual food choice...fruit or salty sausage for breakfast? Loaded nachos or a salad for lunch. You'd be amazed how easy it is to resist temptation when you have a little gadget that will show you blood pressure consequences within minutes of every choice you make. Cheating is all but eliminated when you are held accountable in such an inescapable and concrete way.

Hypertension and Heart Disease are truly a silent killers! So if you are at risk,and if you are overweight you most likely are, having a monitor gives you an early warning, and will help add that extra bit of "FEAR" to the normal motivation of losing weight for vanity. Its one thing to say you need to "Be healthier" it's something totally different to KNOW you BETTER or you could have a heart attack or stroke. Knowledge is power!

As a foot note, though sharing this story I found several fitness buffs who are not even remotely overweight and who eat as healthy as anyone could who are ALSO on blood pressure meds. So it literally can strike anyone! Don't assume because you are thin or work out, or have good eating habits you are Safe. It can strike ANYONE!! A Blood Pressure monitor will let you know where you stand and in addition to motivating you, it quite literally can save your life.
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    I'm glad you're ok! You're making some great changes to your diet. I'm trying to do the same so the cardiologist doesn't tell me I need to lose weight again this year.
    1859 days ago
    That would have been pretty scary. Glad your BP reading is now dropping.

    Good to see you back here on SP!

    1861 days ago
    Good for you! Good advice for the rest of us out here too. You are on the right track. I'm glad you're taking care of this before it got more serious. You can do it!

    1862 days ago
    1862 days ago
    ... BP skyrockets sometimes when I have been exposed to something I was unaware that I am aware I was allergic to. My heart races and I start shaking. I head straight to the ER with my epipen in hand just in case. Glad your ok. :)
    1863 days ago
    Yey!!! So good to hear from you Paula. I have missed you. I'm sure you have been busy. Such a scare you had with your BP. Smart of you to get you own personal moniter. I have normal blood pressure but have allergies to certain bug bites and foods. My
    1863 days ago
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    Gosh. Sorry about the typos. I meant to cut out the breakfast mimosa and try s glass of red wine in the evening. But the DASH diet guidelines are worth looking into. High BP damages your blood vessels.
    1863 days ago
  • FITNIK2020
    Nicely put. It's called the silent killer and they say no symptoms but I know when mine goes up. I can feel it, just as you did. The alcohol may not be your problem if you it out the am mimosa. Usually a glass of red wine is considered safe in the ev
    1863 days ago
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