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12/8/11 8:00 P

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If you can, purchase a home BP kit. Tracking the readings at home can help alot.

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9/23/11 12:02 P

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You mentioned packaged foods. If you're still eating a lot of processed foods, you might be getting too much sodium. Many times the amount of sodium doesn't effect BP, but if you're salt-sensitive, it could make a difference.

Logging your food on SP is a great way of checking amount of sodium that you're taking in. I knew there was a lot of sodium in processed foods, but I was really amazed at how much there was--it really opens your eyes when you see that nutrition report at the end of the day. I still have an occasional 'Lean Cuisine'-type meal or reduced-sodium soup for lunch, but cutting out other processed foods has really dropped my sodium level. Whether or not that has made a diference in my BP I have no idea, but I'm sure that it's still a good way to go.

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4 months ago I had a double bypass. I go to cardio rehab and I have my blood pressure checked at least 5 times while I'm there. All was fine, until I went back to work. Now my pressure is all over the place. I have an appointment with a new cardio Dr. because I need a fresh set of eyes on my situation. I am hoping to manage it better after I see the Dr.

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9/17/11 5:33 P

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emoticon With your doctors' OK, adding some exercise may be helpful.

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9/17/11 9:46 A

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That seems strange, TERPAT55. Hopefully it was just a glitch. Do you check it your self? Sometimes going to the doctor causes it to go up.

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9/17/11 5:11 A

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loosing weight will help

find foods that work with your chemistry. i created this meal on my own. i can't seem to loose weight if i eat any grain products. so one day i experimented.

i make this mixture for breakfast , lunch and dinner. i have lost 28 pounds in 14 weeks. i cook

4 large portabella mushrooms sliced, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, 4 large onions sliced, 2 large green peppers, 3 cans green beans, 1 can rutabaga and 5 sliced chicken sausages.

it makes enough for at least 4 days, three meals a day. total cost is 12 dollars. i buy the mushrooms and chicken at sams club. sounds crazy but it taste good and most importantly it's working. i'm not hungry . if i feel the urge to cheat i go get a fork full of my mixture. i chew very slowly as to enjoy my meal.

i have added a small banana and grapes for my snacks and to be a fix for my sweet tooth.

you can add other foods into your menu. just know what works with your body chemistry.

I have gone from 198 to 170 pounds. i can now fit into a size 14 comfortably. i feel so much better. think of carrying a 2 year old around your waist every minute of every day. no i am not done. on the obese chart i have gone from being obese to just plain fat. my goal is to drop another 22 pounds. then i will be happy, healthy and never allow myself to get in this condition again.

one might say eating the same food every day would get boring. not true. when you look in the mirror and can see the difference it's totally worth it. once i reach my goal i will change my menu. not until then.

portion sizes are critical to your success. exercise has to become a way of life. good luck


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9/16/11 11:57 P

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I have been up and down with mine - was up more when I was stressing about a lot of things in my life, so I have tried to stay calmer. I had my poor mum living with us with Dementia and Alzheimer's which was very stressful. I know I did my best while she was here with us, and she is in care now at 90, poor old thing.

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9/16/11 7:54 P

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Hi all! I'm new to this group but not to HBP. I have probably been on BPs meds now for at least 5 years. I have gone through numerous medicines and have been on AZOR 10 mg for about a year. About 3 months ago when I went for my three month check, doctor saw BP had gone up to about 130/90 now 3 months later it is 150/100. He asked me what was going on - was I taking my meds (absolutely yes every day - never miss it) and I've even rejoined Weight Watchers in July and lost about 8.6 lbs so I told him I had no idea. So now I have to go back in a month for a recheck. He said if it's still high he will probably up my dosage on the AZOR.

I read some info on the DASH diet and was going to try to incorporate some of that to reduce sodium. I rarely use a salt shaker but am sure I get alot from packaged foods.

I'd appreciate if anyone out there has experienced this type of creep and how you dealt with it. I know I'll probably always be on meds but don't like the change. I'm not feeling ill at all.

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