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6y, 6m agoPosted 6 years, 6 months ago
Been to join a new practice today and they do the usual, Urine, weight, height, BMI and Blood pressure and it is really high. I Exercise twice a week but basically eat what I want, so now I have to try and cut out or watch my fat and salt intake.

Been looking at those Flora Active butters and drinks along side watching what I eat and exercising more, so are they any good or are there better or cheaper alternatives to them.
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6y, 6m agoPosted 6 years, 6 months ago
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#1
Could be worse, I got told I was pregnant at my new patient medical! I thought the flora stuff was for cholesterol, not blood pressure, but I suppose one would help the other...
#2
mate butters and drinks are not going to help as much as a good diet with reduced salt and lots of exercise. High BP gives a rist og heart disease, risk for strokes and stuff.. so best to control it as soon as possible and get it to the normal level or keep it from getting too high. You can read more on the NHS website.
#3
Are you overweight ?
#5
lifestyle change needed

better diet,more exercise,no smoking,less stress and drink in moderation only

a new type of butter will make no difference
#6
I would think you have to go back next week and get it checked again.
My doctor told me to not eat anything dairy. Oh and no salt and do Yoga !
In the end i am on tablets now.Every year i get my Kidneys checked out because of the Blood Pressure tablets.
My mum had high Blood Pressure so i probably got it from her.
#7
They will probably set you on various medications to control it. It is important that you are checked regularly to ensure you stay within limits as uncontrolled BP can have effects on other organs. Eyes as well.
Probably best to do some reading so you can better help yourself. If all is under control you will be ok.
#8
Yes, reading
http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/blood-pressure-(high)/pages/treatment.aspx

and taking BP in 'ordinary situations' will let you know if it is a genuine high BP or just a spike as you were at the doc's (white coat effect!), you can buy reliable BP meters for a reasonable price.

Consult more with your doctor.
#9
There is no quick fix. You don't need to buy more expensive foods. There is no magic food that will solve the problem. It will need to be checked a few times, if still high you need medication. Even then that is only 50%, the other 50% is down to you, what you eat / smoke and how much exercise. You will end up on more and more medication in the future otherwise.

There are no symptoms from high blood pressure. All those over 40 should get it checked once a year. The earlier it is found, the better. Don't fall into the trap of always having a reason why it is high, upset, rushed etc. High on 3 occasions, you have it.
#10
My GP was not really in favour of the home BP monitors. But then all doctors are individuals with their own opinions. I usually have a good idea now if my BP gets high or low due to the other effects on my body. If its high I am prone to headaches. Low BP = dizziness.
Pay attention to your bodies signals. Swelling and fluid retention (if you get it) must not be dismissed unduly. Let the GP know.
#11
chesso
Yes, reading
http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/blood-pressure-(high)/pages/treatment.aspx

and taking BP in 'ordinary situations' will let you know if it is a genuine high BP or just a spike as you were at the doc's (white coat effect!), you can buy reliable BP meters for a reasonable price.

Consult more with your doctor.


I ran down as I was running late for the appointment (took me ages to pee into the wee vial, cant go under pressure), I have to go back in a week on tuesday. I got a member ship to a gym that I use twice a week after work (mainly weights and upper body, hate cardio), I eat but I consider it healthy, Love Veg, I eat a cereal and fruit in the morning and something that doesnt bloat or bag me up in the afternoon as I only get a 30 minute break at work and I hate feeling bloated, decent sized dinner, Love crispy skinned baked potato and Tuna Mayonaisse.

I am 182cm and 15 stone and my BMI is 28 (overweight) but working on it, gonna join the Spin classes at the gym 2 nights a week and go swimming with my GF when she goes at night.

Just wondered if the drinks even if they help in a small way can help with HBP. Not going to take them and expect that to do all the work just as an aid.

also dont smoke and only have a small drink at weekends unless I am going out or a barbecue etc
#12
Get your own blood pressure monitor. I had mine checked and it was high. Turned out it was coz I was anxious when I went to the doc's and this was causing the high blood pressure!
#13
chesso;8762781
Yes, reading http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/blood-pressure-(high)/pages/treatment.aspx and taking BP in 'ordinary situations' will let you know if it is a genuine high BP or just a spike as you were at the doc's (white coat effect!), you can buy reliable BP meters for a reasonable price. Consult more with your doctor.


Or nurse...easier to get appt
1 Like #14
Again, discuss with your GP or nurse but most high BP doesn't have a cause and only really high BP ( like Wooly) has symptoms.

Re monitoring. Many people find like Fox102 that it is anxiety that causes a spike but, like iglimpse says, it's not sensible to come up with 'reasons for'. We calibrate our monitor with the doctors occasionally.

If your BP seems to stay high, then before you go on the medication route, you should have a 24 hour monitor to see what happens to your BP over a 24 hour period.

Your lifestyle and stats seem OK and as you intend to take more exercise your weight should dip if you maintain the same diet. Reducing salt intake is a very sensible action but check with the GP to see if your cholesterol is high before you start on the spreads etc that lower cholesterol, anyway statins and other meds are better and cheaper.

Oh - and don't worry about the high BP, anxiety is definitely bad for it.:-D
#15
Foxy102
Get your own blood pressure monitor. I had mine checked and it was high. Turned out it was coz I was anxious when I went to the doc's and this was causing the high blood pressure!


This is actually a syndrome^^^ can't remember what it's called, but some people's BP can go ridiculously high because of the anxiety. When I was pregnant at ante-natal visits midwife had to take it 3 times over course of appointment then take an average. It was always high at first, then reduced during appointment!
#16
silkymolo
This is actually a syndrome^^^ can't remember what it's called, but some people's BP can go ridiculously high because of the anxiety. When I was pregnant at ante-natal visits midwife had to take it 3 times over course of appointment then take an average. It was always high at first, then reduced during appointment!


They actually call it white coat syndrome. I was 140/105 at the doc's. Got a monitor and tested myself at home and have never been above 125/85.
#17
Didnt know there was two sets of numbers in there, The nurse never told me what it was just asked me if I knew if It was always high, I read the top line and it was 161 to start then the second time she did it it was 149.
#18
Wouldn't worry too much since its only been one reading - if it was high regularly then worry. As previous posts state get a blood pressure monitor. Mine is always low - even when pregnant but there's nothing I can do about that. At least you're aware of it now and can keep an eye on it.
#19
chesso;8762984
Again, discuss with your GP or nurse but most high BP doesn't have a cause and only really high BP ( like Wooly) has symptoms. Re monitoring. Many people find like Fox102 that it is anxiety that causes a spike but, like iglimpse says, it's not sensible to come up with 'reasons for'. We calibrate our monitor with the doctors occasionally. If your BP seems to stay high, then before you go on the medication route, you should have a 24 hour monitor to see what happens to your BP over a 24 hour period. Your lifestyle and stats seem OK and as you intend to take more exercise your weight should dip if you maintain the same diet. Reducing salt intake is a very sensible action but check with the GP to see if your cholesterol is high before you start on the spreads etc that lower cholesterol, anyway statins and other meds are better and cheaper. Oh - and don't worry about the high BP, anxiety is definitely bad for it.:-D


Special cholesterol foods are very expensive and should not be used until as many changes to diet as possible are made. Many use these as a short cut and has little effect, they won't work unless already healthy diet which is often enough to reduce cholesterol on it's own anyway.
http://www.bda.uk.com/foodfacts/cholesterol.pdf

White coat syndrome is a common feature and 24hr monitor check is always a good idea. All blood tests including cholesterol (must be fasting sample) should also be done at this stage. For those of you who do your B/P at home, keep a record in notebook / computer to show at next appt. Decisions should not be made on ONE reading (rare exceptions), but far more helpful to see overall trends on last few readings.
#20
kaks26;8764521
Wouldn't worry too much since its only been one reading - if it was high regularly then worry. As previous posts state get a blood pressure monitor. Mine is always low - even when pregnant but there's nothing I can do about that. At least you're aware of it now and can keep an eye on it.


:-D If regularly high....don't worry, get treatment and regular check ups. Problem solved :p
#21
iglimpse
:-D If regularly high....don't worry, get treatment and regular check ups. Problem solved :p



^^^^^ very sensible and dead right.:thumbsup:
#22
iglimpse
:-D If regularly high....don't worry, get treatment and regular check ups. Problem solved :p


I know what I meant - can't go just on one reading. If its regularly high then you do something about it and yes I would worry if it was me until I saw someone about it and been advised of the facts instead of asking strangers on a shopping forum. My mum's was always high when she went to the doctor and not when she was monitored at home - purely because she got worked up about going to the doctor :p
#23
chesso
Again, discuss with your GP or nurse but most high BP doesn't have a cause and only really high BP ( like Wooly) has symptoms.

Re monitoring. Many people find like Fox102 that it is anxiety that causes a spike but, like iglimpse says, it's not sensible to come up with 'reasons for'. We calibrate our monitor with the doctors occasionally.

If your BP seems to stay high, then before you go on the medication route, you should have a 24 hour monitor to see what happens to your BP over a 24 hour period.

Your lifestyle and stats seem OK and as you intend to take more exercise your weight should dip if you maintain the same diet. Reducing salt intake is a very sensible action but check with the GP to see if your cholesterol is high before you start on the spreads etc that lower cholesterol, anyway statins and other meds are better and cheaper.

Oh - and don't worry about the high BP, anxiety is definitely bad for it.:-D


iglimpse
Special cholesterol foods are very expensive and should not be used until as many changes to diet as possible are made. Many use these as a short cut and has little effect, they won't work unless already healthy diet which is often enough to reduce cholesterol on it's own anyway.
http://www.bda.uk.com/foodfacts/cholesterol.pdf

White coat syndrome is a common feature and 24hr monitor check is always a good idea. All blood tests including cholesterol (must be fasting sample) should also be done at this stage. For those of you who do your B/P at home, keep a record in notebook / computer to show at next appt. Decisions should not be made on ONE reading (rare exceptions), but far more helpful to see overall trends on last few readings.


I can't quite figure whether you are agreeing or disagreeing.

To clarify, in a random order (!) bit of what I said, or meant to say if it wasn't clear:
1. Don't start incorporating the Flora Active etc into the diet.
2. Don't be anxious because anxiety is bad for you and will raise BP.
3. Consult the doctor, or, if one is not available, the practice nurse.
4. Cholesterol is a different issue.
#24
My mum has had high blood pressure ever since she had her first child and got pre-eclampsia. Anyway, recently she had one of those 24 hour monitors and was told to go about her day, so after the doctors she went straight to Tescos on the way home and every once in a while this strange pumping/vibrating noise started coming from the machine and she swears she had funny looks and when she bumped into a friend (as you do in Tescos when you least want to) explained that the noise was this machine...not...urrr...anything else vibrating. The friend couldn't stop laughing. The shopping trip in town was cancelled and my mum came back home.
My mum is on various medications, she has it pretty badly and if she goes on holiday and takes them late she is seriously aware of it but the doctor is good and new medications come out every now and again which they swap her to. One thing I find bizzare is that HBP doesn't get you medical exemption from prescription charges whereas other less severe ailments do (like low thyroid function).
HBP is nothing to really worry about if managed properly, it sounded like it was a stressful trip to the docs with the running, being late, peeing on demand in the smallest pot they can possibly find you and that it could be a one off high reading, but if not the doctors can give you some very effective medication.

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