Vince struggles with high blood pressure and takes meds for it. Over the weekend, he ended up with a very red eye – it looks like a blood vessel may have burst so he went to the eye doctor this morning and his blood pressure was quite a bit higher than normal but not high enough to send him to his doctor. The eye doctor said the ruptured vessel in his eye could have been caused by the high blood pressure or by lifting a lot of heavy bags of dirt (keyhole garden!) or . . it could have just happened. The eye doctor suggested Vince get a blood pressure cuff and monitor his BP for 10 days and then consult his doctor if it’s staying high.
He bought one, came home and checked his BP and it’s on the high end of normal . . a good bit down from what it was at the doctor.
The last two times I’ve been to the dentist, my BP was high and I’ve tried to explain to them . . you ride for 2.5 hours in the car with Vince and then check your BP! 🙂
Really, my BP is never high. It’s always on the lower limits of normal. I’ve been checking it with the BP cuff Vince bought and checked it again at the drug store and mine is staying around 118/75. Not bad for a granny who needs to exercise more and needs to lose a few pounds.
I really want to stay off maintenance type meds as long as I can and I do eat pretty healthy (if you ignore that Hot Fudge Topping we just bought), we don’t eat out much so I feel like we’re avoiding a whole lot of sodium by eating home cooked meals, often from home grown food.
Dr. Peppers have sodium but I’m only drinking 1 most days .. some days I drink 2. We’ve been drinking the heck out of fizzy water made using the Sodastream. I’ve made a few homemade flavored syrups which do have sugar but no added sodium.
Once I read that beet juice can help lower blood pressure. I bought some at the health food store – already made up in a bottle, and rather expense, and was hoping Vince would drink that and see a reduction in his BP. He didn’t like it at all and I loved it. I drink at least one glass of that per day. Vince decided to try the Super Beet powder and he doesn’t like that either. He’s going to drink one or the other and based solely on the cost, I’m guessing he’ll learn to like the powdered drink mix.
Besides meds, losing weight and exercise, are there any other suggestions for lowering blood pressure?