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Old 11-27-2010, 06:34 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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My Mom`s BP has been running extremely high..example: 223/103 or higher.
She is already taking three BP pills to help bring it down but its not working.
She said that about a week or so ago, she was laying in bed, but was not asleep,and she heard what sounded like a shot gun firing off in her head.

I was going to ask on here if anyone knows what she could do, to help lower it.
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Old 11-27-2010, 07:08 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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Cut out salt, start exercising, and change doctors.
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Old 11-27-2010, 07:10 PM
 
Location: Staten Island, NY
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She should be checked for renal artery stenosis.
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Old 11-27-2010, 07:25 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Default Exercise

Yes, it has been proven that exercise helps lower blood pressure, but with blood pressure which is already that high, I would start very slowly and gently; walking at a moderate pace should be enough for the time being, until the pressure is brought down. Jumping right into a jogging program, for example, could be asking for big trouble. In this case, doctor approval of the exercise might be a good idea, and I say this despite being a huge fan and advocate of exercise!

Relaxation techniques might be worth a try too.
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Old 11-27-2010, 07:27 PM
 
Location: Staten Island, NY
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Nobody with BP that high has any business exercising without medical clearance. Period.
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Old 11-27-2010, 09:20 PM
 
Location: Syracuse IS Central New York.
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She really should inform her doctor of her most recent BP readings as it sounds like a change, and not a good one.
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Old 11-28-2010, 12:10 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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In the Diet and Weight Loss sub-forum, there is a thread entitled "Low Sodium Thread!" which may be of interest to the OP. Some people find that decreasing their dietary sodium (salt) intake lowers blood pressure.
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Old 11-28-2010, 05:50 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Thanks for the feedback!
I am going to call her in just a little bit to see how she is feeling and ask her about the salt intake.
It seems that her BP is lower right after she gets up, but the longer she is up, it climbs way up there, so with that fact, I wonder about any kind of exercise program?
My sister and I were talking and wondered if there could be a blockage somewhere?
I agree, she needs to change doctors! He obviously don`t know how to bring her BP down..Three diffrent ones? C`mon!
She had her gallbladder removed a short time back.
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Old 11-28-2010, 07:52 AM
 
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I would be concerned about the sound she heard in her head, It obviously happened a while ago so it might not be imminently serious, but I have heard people with aneurysms describe that kind of sound. Some people I know are trying to get their blood pressure down with restricting salt and calories by eating these diet frozen dinners. Some of them can be high in sodium.
I would try to address blood sugar and cholesterol issues along with the blood pressure issue. Foods that are high in potassium will be good for all three issues. If a person is not able to start a rigorous exercise regimen , then a daily stress reducing activity might be helpful.
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Old 11-28-2010, 08:23 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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She should be checked for renal artery stenosis.
She said that she had this checked about a year ago.
She said that she doesn`t eat alot of salt. It sounds like she`s not got much of a regular diet.

She did say that she went to the ER on Friday and her BP was 270/118. They increased her BP pill, and she said that its going down a little, but she goes back to her doc. tomorrow.

The loud sound that she heard in her head concerns me as well!
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