• Sam Sam
    December 24, 2009
    What cough medicine to take with high blood pressure?
    Sam Sam
    December 24, 2009

    I went to the doctor for cough medicine, and when he checked my BP, it was 160/110.

    The Doctor told me to start medication. I am healthy not overweight but have had an irregular diet for the last 2-3 months and didn't do much exercise. I also have some tension and stress but not a great amount.

     Can you please advise?

     

    regards

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  • Lisa Nelson
    Health Pro
    December 26, 2009
    Lisa Nelson
    Health Pro
    December 26, 2009

    Hi Sam,

     

    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!

     

    A blood pressure of 160/110 falls within the Stage 2 Hypertension range and requires immediate treatment.  If you are hesitant to begin medication I recommend working with your physician to monitor your blood pressure levels as you make aggressive changes to lower your levels over the next few weeks.  The DASH Diet is a very effective tool to see results within 14 days:

     

    Use the DASH Diet to See Results in Just 2 Weeks

     

    I recommend weighing the pros/cons of your treatment options with your physician to determine the appropriate choice for you.

     

    All the best,

    Lisa Nelson RD

    7 Natural Ways to Lower Blood Pressure


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