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Old 01-31-2018, 11:23 AM
 
Location: Round Rock, Texas
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About 18 months ago, I was diagnosed with hypertension. It runs in my family on both sides and at the time I was obese. I'm not going to sugar coat things - my obesity in all likelihood caused an earlier onset of a congenital condition. Other family members weren't diagnosed prior to age 60. At that moment I realized that I needed to make a lifestyle change if I wanted to be there for my children. I wasn't getting any younger and things weren't going to get easier. So one day I decided that I was ready to lose weight. Eventually I lost 70 lbs. My numbers improved across the board; however, my blood pressure didn't seem to change. If i didn't take the medication, I would probably have a stroke. In fact, my doctor had to prescribe an additional med - a diuretic HCTZ - in order to finally get my pressure to 120/80. (Before that, I was 140/95, down from 180/110).

I've been on these meds now for a while. I exercise a lot (cardio and weights) and follow a pretty decent diet (eat a lot of whole grains, lean meats, veggies, etc.) Despite all of the major changes to my body and life, my pressure is still high and I'm dependent on meds. That's why I don't think that losing weight necessarily helped with my pressure. Of course, I'm glad that I did, but once you're hypertensive, the weight loss didn't really change anything. I'm wondering though if the medicine can be tapered off or something due to these lifestyle changes?
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Old 01-31-2018, 11:29 AM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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Ask your doctor!
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Old 01-31-2018, 11:31 AM
 
Location: Santa Monica, CA
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Getting to that 120/80 is very unrealistic as we age especially. Our BP varies every second of the day. Celery is a good food that works to lower BP.

I'm 79 and probably on the 2 meds I take for about 10 yrs now. I have no plans to go off as they seem to work fine and I'm NEVER at 120/80.
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Old 01-31-2018, 11:34 AM
 
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I'm wondering though if the medicine can be tapered off or something due to these lifestyle changes?
Mine is well controlled with meds, but every couple of years, my doctor says hey, your blood pressure is so good, lets try it without meds, and my blood pressure zooms right back up. I don't know why she even bothers to try.

I've never been overweight and have had high BP since my early 30s. Currently weigh 114 pounds, and still have hypertension.
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Old 01-31-2018, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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Ask your doctor!
This. Understand, no one on cd can recommend changes to your medication. Your MD might consider it but why bother? If you have hypertension, you have it. Don't mess with something that's working for you.

I am happy to have my anti-hypertensive med...usually 120/70 or lower...so the med is fulfilling it's purpose.
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Old 01-31-2018, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Wine Country
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Book an appointment with your doctor and find out what the answer is. Don't mess around with HBP.
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Old 01-31-2018, 06:18 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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Some people have congenital hypertension. Google it. Not much you can do.
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Old 02-01-2018, 12:28 AM
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Location: SW Missouri
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My husband had a high blood pressure "incident" not quite a year ago. He had been having HBP for a while. After the incident we went to a holistic practitioner who gave us a list of supplements and other nutritionals to take. After about 5 months he weaned himself off the meds and is fine now. Reducing stress levels helped also.
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Old 02-01-2018, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in America
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About 18 months ago, I was diagnosed with hypertension. It runs in my family on both sides and at the time I was obese. I'm not going to sugar coat things - my obesity in all likelihood caused an earlier onset of a congenital condition. Other family members weren't diagnosed prior to age 60. At that moment I realized that I needed to make a lifestyle change if I wanted to be there for my children. I wasn't getting any younger and things weren't going to get easier. So one day I decided that I was ready to lose weight. Eventually I lost 70 lbs. My numbers improved across the board; however, my blood pressure didn't seem to change. If i didn't take the medication, I would probably have a stroke. In fact, my doctor had to prescribe an additional med - a diuretic HCTZ - in order to finally get my pressure to 120/80. (Before that, I was 140/95, down from 180/110).

I've been on these meds now for a while. I exercise a lot (cardio and weights) and follow a pretty decent diet (eat a lot of whole grains, lean meats, veggies, etc.) Despite all of the major changes to my body and life, my pressure is still high and I'm dependent on meds. That's why I don't think that losing weight necessarily helped with my pressure. Of course, I'm glad that I did, but once you're hypertensive, the weight loss didn't really change anything. I'm wondering though if the medicine can be tapered off or something due to these lifestyle changes?
You need to speak to your doctor. Please don't stop taking the meds without medical consult. You said yourself you can have a stroke without the meds so why on earth would you even think about stopping them? Congratulations on losing 70 pounds! That's quite an accomplishment!
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Old 02-01-2018, 11:44 AM
 
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I was on Blood pressure meds for years. I also drank alcohol every day. I had an event early last year and my bp jumped up to about 145/90. I was transported to the ER and got stabilized. I spent 28 days in rehab and have been alcohol free for about 5 months. I have not taken Bp meds in about 2 weeks and my Bp was 114/62 just now. For me, alcohol was and is a death sentence.
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