May 31, 2009 by OCSteve
So... As a basketball score that might seem cool. As a BP measurement, not so much... Stage 2 hypertension. Shit, it almost blew out the gauge.
I don't know what the hell happened. Systolic was only 140 a few months ago.
Man. Quit drinking and smoking? Ugh. (Not you Ugh.)
Anyway - if I disappear off the inter-tubes you can guess what happened... I'm already on a healthy diet and exercise program. My BP is just going nuts...
May 31, 2009, 09:19:47 OCSteve wrote:
Haven’t been to my doc in a couple of months. I was waiting around to pick up a prescription for my wife. Hey – free BP test. OK – I’ll bite. I was shocked.
I try to stay healthy. Whole grain cereal with skim milk for breakfast. PB&J on whole grain bread for lunch. Dinner varies, but it is Lean Cuisine at least 4 nights a week. We eat out maybe 5 times per year.
2 miles a day on the treadmill – then usually a couple more miles walking the dog. Swimming laps twice a week. I don’t have six-pack abs (and I could care less) but I’d say I’m in pretty good shape for my age.
I love beer. But I limit it to about a case every 2 weeks. I drink the hard stuff (JD) maybe at the rate of 4 bottles per year…
177? Fuck me.
May 31, 2009, 09:27:35 Turbulence wrote:
Could the reading have been a fluke? Or a miscalibrated reader?
May 31, 2009, 10:38:31 OCSteve wrote:
No. I tried it three times over 20 minutes. It freaked me out enough that I talked to the pharmacist – is something wrong with the machine? He got out the cuff and stethoscope and did it the old fashioned way. Same result.
May 31, 2009, 22:30:07 marbel wrote:
Did your doc check cholesterol too? And kidney function / diabetes? Do you eat at least 2 pieces of fruit and 200-300 gram of vegetable per day?
Could still be a fluke, if you are in an emotional, stressful period. You ought to have one of those measuring devices strapped to your arm for 24 hours to be sure. But if you are very worried you might talk to your doctor about [url=http://men.webmd.com/featur...]taking asperine[/url].
Jun 01, 2009, 00:40:07 OCSteve wrote:
Marbel: yes on the fruits and veggies. Not much left to change in my lifestyle. Well, except quit smoking. But think of the children!
Better today but still high. Stage 1 rather than stage 2. I didn’t want to deal with medication but I guess that’s the only option left. Seeing the doc next week.
Jun 01, 2009, 03:48:07 JakeB wrote:
Damn, sorry to hear that.
Jun 01, 2009, 04:24:41 dr ngo wrote:
The meds aren't bad. I've been taking them for years now, as part of a daily regimen that includes other meds for diabetes and high cholesterol. No side effects, at least for me - and as of this year, I'm old enough to get Medicare to pick up much of the expense!
Getting old doesn't feel all that great . . . until you consider the alternative.
Jun 01, 2009, 07:33:03 OCSteve wrote:
Good to know, Dr. Ngo.
Wait… That is some kind of sick rhyme there…
Jun 02, 2009, 01:31:58 John Thullen wrote:
Geez, Steve, hope it works out.
I was told, after a similar experience a couple of years ago, to sit quietly for 15 minutes or so before a blood pressure test.
Turns out I was walking briskly into the pharmacy, putting the cuff on, and then when the reading was high, panicking and making it worse, thinking maybe my head was going to explode.
I did it right the next time and I was back to 110 over 68-70, my normal range.
My overheated rhetoric, on the other hand, registers 210 over 135, even when I'm sleeping.
Jun 02, 2009, 08:37:59 hilzoy wrote:
I have blood pressure on the low side of normal, so imagine my shock when I once tested 140 over something.
As it happened, I had appendicitis at the time, but I didn't know that excruciating pain raised your blood pressure, so I was utterly horrified.
Luckily, it passed. I hope yours does as well.
Jun 02, 2009, 12:06:32 russell wrote:
I have the opposite problem. If I stand up too quickly, I see spots and get dizzy.
Hope it all gets sorted out OC.
Jun 02, 2009, 23:40:18 John Thullen wrote:
Getting up too quickly from the barstool will cause that.
Jun 03, 2009, 05:16:06 dr ngo wrote:
Russell: sounds to me like "[benign] positional vertigo," on the topic of which I received medical advice only yesterday!
(Obligatory disclaimer: I am a PhD, not the kind of doctor that actually [i]helps[/i] people.)
If you are interested in discussing this with me directly, try me at: ngowen ~at~ nc *dot* rr ^dot^ com
Jun 04, 2009, 11:22:35 russell wrote:
Thullen: you know me only too well, sir.
Dr Ngo: many thanks for the tip!!
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