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Q: how long can you live on high blood pressure without taking medication before complications arrise

I am really having a hard time starting my medication, it seems once you start taking one thing you are on other things, i am trying to put this off as long as possible. My pressure usually runs 180/105.

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Lisa Nelson, Health Pro
3/13/09 4:31pm

Hi Toni,


The Joint National Committee defines four blood pressure categories.

Very High Range - Stage 2 Hypertension
Systolic (top) blood pressure 160 mm Hg or high
Diastolic (bottom) blood pressure 100 mm Hg or higher
If in this range you have hypertension (high blood pressure).

High Range - Stage 1 Hypertension
Systolic (top) blood pressure 140 - 159 mm Hg
Diastolic (bottom) blood pressure 90 - 99 mm Hg
If in this range you have hypertension (high blood pressure).

Caution Range - Prehypertension
Systolic (top) blood pressure 120 - 139 mm Hg
Diastolic (bottom) blood pressure 80 - 89 mm Hg
Take action!

Normal Range - Normal
Systolic (top) blood pressure below 120 mm Hg
Diastolic (bottom) blood pressure below 80 mm Hg
Perfect!

 

High blood pressure is not something to play with, especially with a blood pressure of 180/105 which falls in the Very High Range.

 

Let me give you a brief idea of what's going on:

 

High blood pressure increases the hearts workload by making the heart pump harder through the arteries. If the high pressure continues over a long period of time, the functioning of the heart and arteries (and other organs, such as the kidneys') gradually deteriorates under the strain. The added workload causes the heart to enlarge. If your heart enlarges too much, it may have difficulty meeting the needs of your body.

 

Arteries harden as a normal process of aging. High blood pressure speeds up this process. Hardened and narrowed arteries are less effective at delivering oxygen and nutrients to your organs. If the needs of your organs are not met, they do not work properly. Blood clot's become a risk as arteries narrow, cutting off the body's blood supply.

 

High blood pressure increases your risk for stroke, congestive heart failure, kidney failure, and heart attack. High blood pressure combined with excess weight, high cholesterol, smoking, or diabetes, increases the risk exponentially.

 

There is no one set time for how long it takes for these complications to arise. Everyone's situation is different. I encourage you to work with your physician to treat your condition now.

 

All the best,
Lisa Nelson RD
Natural Ways to Lower Blood Pressure

 

 

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Dave, Community Member
10/28/11 1:59pm

Why are you even asking?  You know the answer, and if you don't your doctor can tell you or you can Google it.  You don't feel sick and you don't like the idea of pills.  I get it.  But now it seems that you are just trolling for someone to say that it is OK to ignore your problem.   You are going to die.  MY BP was 194/106.  It scared the hell out of me and my doctor put me on meds.  Three weeks later and I was at 135/84.  I will live now instead of having a stroke in a few years.  Children hide under the covers when things are scary.  Be a man, be responsible, take the meds.

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Icedtee, Community Member
11/ 5/12 11:40am
Google is full of lies, swamped by information from people who sells medications for hypertension. Yes he will die, so will you and me. Truth is people with hypertension can still live long to their 70s and even 80s without medication, as long as we maintain this body with the right food, activities, and rest. Reply
Louisiana resident, Community Member
3/27/13 10:58am

I agree, but as mentioned above it will cause enlarging of the heart muscle and make it less efficient. High blood pressure is a indicator that we need to change something in our daily routine. The best thing is to eat healthy, lose weight and more exercise. By exercise I mean elevate your heart rate for at least 30 minutes several times a week. Once you lose weight and have routine exercise you will feel much better. You will get to the point that you want to exercise. It will seem hard at first, but stick with it and you will be rewarded by better health and you will feel much better to.

 

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sarahb10, Community Member
1/ 5/13 9:09am

Think of alternative medecine. I have been cured of Hypertension with a short time. Whiles doctors did say it was very critical. I am not an expert but can give you some clue if you write me universal4040 at hotmail dot com

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