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Wed Jan 16, 2013, 03:08 PM

I work out but have high Blood Pressure

So I was sent to a cardiologist who started me off on Bystolic.

Problem I have with it, it makes me feel so low energy, and now I am having some chest pains that I didn't have earlier.

I want to stop taking it.

I also don't know what the effect is on exercise.
I feel like when I exercised with it, I sweat a lot more.

I am not sure what to do with it. I feel like heart medication just makes things worse.

Before I started taking Bystolic, I've been working out using Les Mills Body Combat. for over a week and a half.

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Xyzse Jan 2013 OP
LeftofObama Jan 2013 #1
Xyzse Jan 2013 #2
Fumesucker Jan 2013 #3
Xyzse Jan 2013 #4
Fumesucker Jan 2013 #5
Xyzse Jan 2013 #6
womanofthehills Jan 2013 #7
Xyzse Jan 2013 #9
womanofthehills Jan 2013 #8
Xyzse Jan 2013 #10

Response to Xyzse (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 03:30 PM

1. You should probably go back to your cardiologist and tell him/her

the symptoms you are having. I keep my cardiologist, pulminologist, neurologist, and general practitioner advised on my exercise routine. So far none of them have told me to change anything, but the rule I live by is that the doctor's advice always comes first.

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Response to LeftofObama (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 03:36 PM

2. Thanks

I intend to see them on Saturday.

Last time I was given pills to take, I foregoed it and did Insanity by Shaun T. My BP went down after it...
Thing is, exercise might not be enough for me now.
I know I have to improve my diet.

It is just that, this medicine makes me feel exhausted.

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Response to Xyzse (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 04:00 PM

3. I've found that I can deliberately lower my blood pressure in minutes with relaxation and breathing

Just the act of talking will raise your blood pressure ten points or more from a relaxed and quiet state.

A meditative state with relaxation and controlled slow but deep breathing works surprisingly well. A small blood pressure monitor is a great thing to have when experimenting with techniques.

http://abcnews.go.com/WN/secret-lowering-blood-pressure-breathing-exercises/story?id=11656769

http://www.johnmkennedymd.com/

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Response to Fumesucker (Reply #3)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 04:03 PM

4. Hrm...

Any suggestions?
I am thinking of ditching these things asap.

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Response to Xyzse (Reply #4)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 04:28 PM

5. I have a unit similar to this, it goes on the inside of the wrist

http://www.amazon.com/Ozeri-CardioTech-Premium-Pressure-Technology/dp/B005FTK7F4/ref=sr_1_5?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1358370438&sr=1-5&keywords=digital+blood+pressure

Take a reading every minute or two as you relax in a reclining position and breathe deeply with slow inhalation and exhalation maybe five to ten times per minute. The longer you do it the more effective it is.

I just try to let my body melt into the chair, I have some relaxation music/tones/surf sounds on an mp3 player and I put headphones on.

Something like this for music works for me, but whatever floats your boat.




It's important to relax for a few minutes and be silent when you're having your BP checked at the doctor's too, as I said, just speaking will drive your BP up.

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Response to Fumesucker (Reply #5)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 04:42 PM

6. That's cool.

I have a HRM but not a BP monitor.

I was hoping Body Media had something that does it, but I think it is only an HRM also.

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Response to Xyzse (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 02:09 AM

7. try L'arginine (amino acid)

I've lowered by blood pressure with L'arginine and magnesium aspartate. L'arginine dilates your blood vessels and lowers pressure. I take 2000 mil morning and night. There's lot of info on this online. I also take magnesium/potassium aspartate morning & evening. Read the High Blood Pressure Hoax by Sherry Rodgers on how to lower your blood pressure with diet and vitamins.

L'arginine has a second good side effect - it really ups your sex drive too!

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Response to womanofthehills (Reply #7)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 06:34 PM

9. Interesting...

So, I just went to my cardiologist this Saturday for the Stress test.
I get my results tomorrow.

Thing is, with the treadmill, I got up to the highest setting before I even reached the target heart rate.

So, I'll check that out.

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Response to Xyzse (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 02:11 AM

8. Fasting

I forgot to mention that fasting can bring your pressure down too. If your pressure ever spikes, instead of getting all freaked out, just fast and it comes right down.

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Response to womanofthehills (Reply #8)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 06:34 PM

10. I guess so...

Anxiety is the killer.

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