Blood Pressure

Discussion in 'Very Low Calorie Diets' started by SUZIEB, 29 September 2006 Social URL.

  1. SUZIEB

    SUZIEB Well-Known Member

    just a quickie guys, on LL and you have to get your blood pressure checked every 4 weeks - mine was high when the doctor signed the form and i've had to keep going back every 2 weeks for the nurse to check.
    It's still high and she said if it's high next check up (2 weeks time) then she'll refer me back to the doc.
    My question is - if they want me to take tablets for it will it mean I have to stop the diet??
    If it does then I'll just put off the appointment (not sure if that's sensible as i don't really understand how high bp affects people)
     
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  3. ~lisa~

    ~lisa~ Well-Known Member

    Oh my.
    Don't put off seeing the Dr, or getting meds if you need them for high bp ....
    I am on two different types of meds, Motens, and Atenelol, and my GP nor CDC had a problem with me being on CD, I did promise my Dr I would see him monthly, or after each stone I lose to re-evaluate my meds.
     
  4. SUZIEB

    SUZIEB Well-Known Member

    thanks lisa,
    has your blood pressure come down since doing cd?
    A lot of people say it does on a vlcd but 6 weeks in mine hasn't changed much....
     
  5. ~lisa~

    ~lisa~ Well-Known Member

    I'm only on Day 2 Suzie, but I will let you know how things progress with my BP as time goes by.
     
  6. SUZIEB

    SUZIEB Well-Known Member

    sorry hun thought you'd been doing it a while.

    hope your first week goes ok.
     
  7. HorseyCarrie

    HorseyCarrie Well-Known Member

    Your blood pressure and getting that sorted is more important for now, but as an academic, I have immersed myself in some of the academic research on VLCDs and can say that in some or many of the articles, people are reported to see an improvement in both systolic and diastolic BP and can come off medication or take a reduction.

    My personal experience is this: at 19 years old I visited the GP with very bad sinusitis and was checked over; she found I had high BP (could have told her that... I had been waiting for half hour to see her and was almost sick with nerves, always am where medicine is concerned). She was very concerned because at this time, yes, I was about 16 stone but at 5'10" that was not a drastic thing and I played netball at county level and hockey at local level; I swam 5 nights a week and I regularly played badminton and went to the gym, plus I had my horses. You could say I was very active (still was til I got ill this year and put on 5 stone). So she referred me to a consultant; meanwhile she put me on atenalol which really badly affected me, making me really dizzy and sick. The consultant appt came a few months later and here I was tested through xrays, scans, ECGs, BP and all the rest, and then given a 24 hour BP monitor to wear into the next day. When I saw the consultant my BP was 200/105 (he was fit!) and he was duly concerned, but when my monitor came back to him the next day, he was even more concerned that both levels were below 100 (only the diastolic should be). Basically, I was diagnosed with white coat hypertension, meaning a visit to the doctor sends my BP rocketing. The tablets had made my BP even lower and I was taken off them immediately (too quickly). Strangely, seeing the nurse doesn't affect me like this so whenever my GP does a reading and it is high she refers me to the nurse in a few days' time. So it is not always a true reading you see, especially if you know you get nervous. I have had several 24 hour monitors since then and I am a long sufferer of low BP.

    With regards a reduction in BP on this diet: as you lose weight your heart has to work less vigorously; also, as you have seen a downturn in salt intake (you should supplement your packs with salt as we do need it in our diet and there is none in the shakes), your blood pressure will decrease. Any increase in activity will help your heart also and will decrease BP.
     
  8. i'lldoit

    i'lldoit Banned

    what should our blood pressure be to be in a healthy range?
    Mines 120/80 always is what ever I weigh went up slightly when I was pregnant?
    xxc
     
  9. HorseyCarrie

    HorseyCarrie Well-Known Member

    Yours is healthy, I'lldoit. They say normal BP should be about 120/80 or thereabouts, but healthier if you can get the bottom one down to around 75. I am usually an average of 110/55 or 60 when I have the 24 hour monitor. They usually say that anything over 140 for the upper is too high and anything over 90 for the lower is too high, but I go by the 100 plus your age for the higher one.
     
  10. SUZIEB

    SUZIEB Well-Known Member

    Hi horseycarrie,
    I don't feel nervous when i go to the docs but bith him and the nurse just chat for a few minutes and then take it, the nurse even takes it twice so i'm not sure if it is just me been nervous or not
    Not sure which number is which but the bottom number has come down slightly but the top one hasn't and she said that is the concern - think i need to go and swot up on blood pressure.
     
  11. i'lldoit

    i'lldoit Banned


    THANKS cARRIE
    XXC
     
  12. SUZIEB

    SUZIEB Well-Known Member

    blimey - is that what's normal???

    mine is anywhere from 160/95 down to at the lowest 155/88

    yikes that is high!
     
  13. HorseyCarrie

    HorseyCarrie Well-Known Member

    Suzie,
    The lower one is the most important one to think about, but it is obviously always a concern when any figure is raised.

    If you are allowed to do the diet, do it and trust that it will help your BP.
     
  14. SUZIEB

    SUZIEB Well-Known Member

    thanks horseycarrie,
    just concerned that it may stop me but it sounds like it will be ok to continue even if they do give me drugs for it.
     
  15. HorseyCarrie

    HorseyCarrie Well-Known Member

    155/88 is not a mega disaster as you can and will reduce it. The other one is on the very high side, but my grandfather lived from having a heartattack at age 60 to dying age 71 from a haemmorage in his brain, with BP much higher than that. It's about reducing the risk factors where possible... smoking, drinking, diet, stress and relaxation. Once you have those sussed you are putting less strain on the heart and your BP should start to come down, but in the meantime your body will be better protected.
     
  16. ~lisa~

    ~lisa~ Well-Known Member

    Suzie,
    I'm 140/ 95 right now, with a resting heart rate of 99, Me and my GP had things under control with meds when I was 16 stone, but when my weight shot up to 17 stone so did everything else.
     
  17. HorseyCarrie

    HorseyCarrie Well-Known Member

    Hi Lisa,
    Your heart is obviously working very hard. As you know, your weight does bear correlation to your blood pressure so your weight will come down and so will your BP.

    My resting heart rate is 63, but there again, despite having a lot of weight to lose I am a very physically active person. It doesn't take much to raise your RPR either so just walking to your doctor's office from the waiting room will make the rate leap a bit.

    I hope you are doing ok.
     
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