I have been battling with blood pressure issues for several years now. First, it was one medication, then two, and now the doubling of one of those medications. Of course, now my body is having to adjust to more medication and the last couple days have been a real struggle for me.
Yesterday, I did donate blood and that may have contributed to some of my issues, but I really don’t think so, today. I have had lots of liquids and good meals and rest, so I would think a little less blood wouldn’t be a big issue. Not the way I am feeling.
Some of this is obviously genetic. My Dad had heart issues and suffered from TIAs. Some of it is lifestyle. I am loud and clear about my aversion to exercise. You expect me to move?
Some of it is anxiety and stress. SURPRISE! I can work myself up about just posting a letter! I think this is also inherited to a degree from a very, very, very anxious mother, who fears everything and anything.
Some of it is lifestyle and choices. Show me the fatty, creamy, sugary food and I am yours, dahling. Exercise, as mentioned previously, is moving from one end of the couch to the other.
A very dear friend, the same age as me, suffered a stroke a year or so ago due to high blood pressure. She has recovered remarkably well, but will always have some issues. Other people do not recover, they do not survive. I want to live to be 102.
So, while I working with conventional medicine and my lovely doctor to control this issue, I have to admit there are a few things I need to do for myself:
1. Go for power walks
2. Breathe deeply
3. Pick potassium-rich produce
4. Read food labels for sodium
5. Indulge in dark chocolate
6. Take a supplement (Doctor suggested fish oil, which I do take from time to time, but not often enough)
7. Drink alcohol—but not too much
8. Drink tea – more?
9. Work (a little) less (!) Maybe that should be “worry about work less”.
10. Relax with music
11. Drop a few kiolograms.
Some of those things I am already doing. I don’t think it is physically possible to drink more tea than Mr FD and I consume in a day . We have started to have a glass of red every night with dinner too. Just one glass. However, this now links to a small anxiety as alcohol has been linked to breast cancer (an aunt is a breast cancer survivor).
See what I mean, I can manifest an anxiety for all occasions (thanks, Mum!) Working on that…
Working on it all, one day at a time.
What has been your experience, or a family members’ experience, with chronic blood pressure?