I used to have high blood pressure

Before losing weight, I was taking 2 different medications to control my blood pressure.  Gradually, with weight loss, my doctor and I weaned  the medications (I was passing out due to low blood pressure!)

I’ve been off of medication for 1.5 years now.  But I still check my blood pressure at least once a month.  Overweight and obese people are more likely to have high blood pressure. High blood pressure can cause stroke, heart attack, impotence, etc.  Usually high blood pressure has no symptoms – you don’t have to be stressed or have a headache to have high blood pressure.

All adults should have their blood pressure checked and well controlled.  A recent update from the American Heart Association suggests that only 1/3 of hypertensive patients in the US are well controlled:

  • Among hypertensive adults, 78% were aware of their condition, 68% were using antihypertensive medication, and 64% of those treated had their hypertension controlled.
  • From 1997 to 2007, the death rate caused by HBP increased 9.0%, and the actual number of deaths rose 35.6%.

What constitutes good BP control?   Mayoclinic.com suggests the following goals:

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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