New guidlines for blood pressure.......

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Registered: 03-19-2003
New guidlines for blood pressure.......
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Wed, 05-14-2003 - 11:58pm
This is an article from CNN reporting the new US guidelines for blood pressure readings....it's worth reading, and doctors will now have to go by these NEW quidelines when assessing a patients blood pressure.

http://www.cnn.com/2003/HEALTH/conditions/05/14/blood.pressure.ap/index.html

(((hugs))),

Linda.

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Sun, 05-18-2003 - 4:46pm
Life doesn't really seem too fair most of the time. I know before I became diabetic in my early 30's, I had very low cholesterol, blood pressure, etc. The diabetes seems to have thrown the whole system out of kilter.

My diet, which most would probably refer to as atrocious, is very light in meat. I have absolutely no vegetarian leanings, I just don't care much for meat, particularly red meat. I don't mind a hamburger now and then, but steak is just revolting to me. I'm also allergic to pork, so there goes more meat LOL! I've always allowed myself free rein with cheese, as I can't drink any milk, but that's another food that I eat rather sporadically.

I think that sometime in the future, doctors will find more accurate indicators of the probability to which we'll develop various diseases and disorders. I don't think they understand enough about how a person's particular set of genes reacts with the environmental factors in their life to make good threat assessments yet.

Take care!

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Sun, 05-18-2003 - 11:16am
Yup, it seems I got yours. I had borderline high cholesterol (between 206 and 239 the past few years), but was a healthy weight, exercised daily, never smoked, normal blood pressure, blah blah blah. "Reduces your risk" and "increases your risk" turns out not to mean "prevents you getting" and "assures you getting," which I learned the hard way.

I must admit, my diet wasn't the best before (lots of beef and cheese) and my stress management isn't particularly good ... but there are lots of other people out there eating cheeseburgers and getting angry about things who have more CAD risk factors and no coronary artery disease in their early 40s!

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Sat, 05-17-2003 - 6:54pm
Hi Islanddreams!

So that's where the CAD I SHOULD have went LOL! I have hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, lots of family history, overweight, don't exercise regularly (due to disability), and smoked for 29 years. I'm 40 now and just had an angiogram showing clean arteries all the way.

If the scientists could figure out people like us, medical science would take a huge leap forward. It really is weird how it works sometimes. And please don't think I'm making light of your condition, I'm not! I just couldn't help but see the irony in how our bodies go sometimes.

Best wishes!

P.S. I do have heart problems (why I'm here), but so far they appear to be caused by a congenital heart defect that didn't show up before the angiogram.

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Fri, 05-16-2003 - 8:00am
It *is* a bummer! Just when you achieve what's the healthy goal, they change the goal! Grrr.

Good luck with the exercising!!

My BP went down after my angioplasty because of the meds they put me on for various other reasons, so last I knew, I was below the 120/80. We'll see what happens next time it's checked.

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Thu, 05-15-2003 - 10:03pm
<<>>

I know what you mean! After my heart attack, my BP went down to a lovely 120 over 80! All the docs were thrilled that it was "normal"! So much for that, huh?! I DO have high cholesterol (they just "found" this...and put me on meds), and I have a terrible family history of heart probs (and, of course, my own heart attack!)....but I wasn't too thrilled to know that I NOW have "pre-hypertension"! UGH! So far, my cardio hasn't recommended any BP meds for me....but he wants me to try to exercise more (uh huh! LOL!) and try to bring the BP down lower than 120 over 80! <<>> Guess all I can do is try, huh?! What a bummer, though! :0(

Love and (((hugs))),

Linda.

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Thu, 05-15-2003 - 8:44pm
I found this part interesting:

"Recent scientific studies show that risk of heart disease actually begins rising once blood pressure creeps above 115 over 75, said guideline co-author Ed Roccella, a hypertension specialist. "

My blood pressure used to be lower than that, but gradually "creeped up" to around 120/80 -- which both I and my doctors considered perfectly fine and certainly not a risk factor. My initial response to the report a year ago would have been that it's ridiculous, and 120/80 is fine.

However, besides family history, the only risk factor I had was borderline high (still below 240) cholesterol. Yet I've got coronary artery disease in my early 40s despite being a good weight, exercising daily, never smoking and never taking birth control pills. So seems they could be right, and that 120/80 blood pressure wasn't so fine after all.