My Systolic Is Still In The 144 But My Diastolic Is 74.....what Can I Do?

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Asked by TheLyerlys

My Systolic Is Still In The 144 But My Diastolic Is 74.....what Can I Do?

I have passed out twice and they said that it was because my BP was to low after working out in the heat. I tired lowing my BP meds by my self because I don't have insurnace and now by BP is 144 Systolic and 74 Diastolic what can I do to lower my Systolic but not lower my Diastolic

Answer

TheLyerlys,

Thanks for your question. This is a tough one to answer. Patients should not be adjusting their own medication without the guidance and input of a physician. There are many factors that go into making decisions for the treatment of high blood pressure. Doing this on your own is unsafe and could lead to more problems. In your case, you have passed out twice, a serious problem that hopefully, you sought medical attention for.

My giving you suggestions would be irresponsible and could endanger your health. You need these adjustments made by a doctor who has taken your history, examined you, and knows what your response to meds has been so far.

The solution here is to find a means of obtaining health care. Talk to your physician, explain your insurance information, and ask what he would charge for monitoring your pressure and making the adjustments necessary to get you under control. Most physicians are more interested in their patients getting good care, and will make adjustments in cost so that you can obtain that care.

Best wishes.

Martin Cane, M.D.