Do you have high blood pressure?

Have you had your pressure checked?  Hypertension has been called the “silent killer,” because it usually exists without symptoms unless very severe.  It can cause awful complications, including heart attack, stroke, impotence, or kidney failure.

If you’re stressed, and your blood pressure is high, you need to address both:  reducing stress and reducing blood pressure.

Lifestyle modification can reduce high blood pressure.  Examples include exercise (daily walking), losing weight, getting adequate sleep, restricting salt (avoid prepared and processed foods!), and stress reduction.  But even with this, many folks will need blood pressure medicine.

Hypertension has been defined as greater than 140/90.  However, Today, physicians debate whether “prehypertensive” patients should also be treated.  Prehypertension is from 120 to 139 systolic or 80 to 89 diastolic.  Ask your doctor about your own situation.

Click the image below to read an informative article from the Wall Street Journal.  I have been blessed to get off of the two high blood pressure medications I was on before I lost the weight.

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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