Discussion in 'Health and Medical Topics' started by Mr. Bojangles, Oct 25, 2014.
I got a guy who's havin trouble. Any tips or advice for him??
Having trouble? Hypertension?
Google, "How can I lower my blood pressure?"
I followed a bunch of the tips, lost weight, exercise a little more and watch what I eat. I used to be on Lisinipril, but do not need it anymore. It is also suggested to monitor your BP. We have a BP cuff in the break room, I take my BP once a week, write it down and watch where it is trending.
8oz of beet root juice per day...tastes nasty but works!
No coffee !!
Cut sodium. Even 3 or 4 days before your physical no sodium in your diet can make a big difference.
My dad went on a plant-based diet but continued to take his blood pressure meds. After just a couple weeks his blood pressure was way too low and got off his meds immediately. His BP went up to a normal range of 120/80.
I used to eat a couple of bananas before my physical. Once you take BP meds, your physicals go from every 2 years to 1 year. I had 29 years of annual physicals. Mine was just borderline at best, and I had a case of "white coat" It would go up when I went to the company doctor. My personal doctor gave me some samples of happy pills. It settled me down a little bit. No problems after that. No sodium is good advice too.
Take an extra Lisinopril 1 hour before physical
Don't drink coffee 1 hour before the physical.
I was given a 3 month physical card 3 months ago. According to the numbers, I should have been able to get a 1 year card but the doctor wanted the stage 1 hypertension brought under control. Diet and exercise helped but family doctor put me on 20mg of Benicar. Went in Friday and BP was 126/82. It kinda sucks that now I have to have annual physicals but I'm kinda glad too. My borderline hypertension was always "a number over a number" to me before. Now it actually means something to me. Considering the wide range of cardiovascular related death that can happen as a result--all the while feeling perfectly fine--has really inspired me to take it more seriously and keep it under control. It really isn't about a DOT card. It's about reducing the risk of a debilitating stroke or massive heart attack. Am I being an alarmist? Maybe. But I've know for 30 years that I was borderline hypertensive and didn't do anything about it. Not rolling the dice anymore.
What really concerns me are the number of my co-workers for whom the DOT physical is the only time they go to the "doctor".
Bananas. They help a lot.
Keep in mind that the 90 day card is a one time thing. If you have a problem the next time you go in, it a suspension until you get your meds adjusted (in my case) It took about a week and a half for me. I was able to use vacation days during this time.
Does it really concern you?
Yes---I lie in bed at night worrying about it.
If you are borderline high it can cause a lot of anxiety since if you can't pass the physical you can't drive.
I remember one time I was so fed up with the company that I wanted to fail so I could get a few days off. I did everything under the sun to get my BP up but no luck. Back to work I went.
All you had to do was mess up on the eye chart. Not that I've ever done that.
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