What Medicines Lower Systolic Reading Without Affecting An Already Low Diastolic Reading?

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What Medicines Lower Systolic Reading Without Affecting An Already Low Diastolic Reading?

I'm 60 years old, experiencing high systolic numbers between 2-5am before meal and before taking bp med, average reading is 138 and between 4-5pm, before dinner and before taking bp med, average reading is 141, with corresponding low diastolic numbers of 77 and 80. However, between 5-6am after running 1/2 to 1 hour, systolic is 114 and at 6:30pm after eating dinner but not taking bp med yet, systolic is 113, with corresponding low diastolic numbers of 65 and 62. I take my bp med between 7 and 7:30pm. I was taking Inderal 20mg 2xday for awhile, but it was tapered down to Inderal 10mg once daily on 6/4. Also, on June 4th, Lisinopril 10mg once daily was added. Inderal was stopped completely on 6/11. The Inderal was switched to Lisinopril because the Inderal was making me feel very tired. I run 1hr then do 1.5hr tennis (using ball machine) in am daily and then, do 1.5hr more of tennis (using ball machine) in pm 3x/week. What are your choice of medications to lower someone's systolic reading without affecting an already low diastolic reading?

Your feedback will be appreciated. Thank you.

Answer

Hi Concerned,

I recommend you continue to work with your doctor to adjust your medication until you find the combination to best control your levels. Your pharmacist would be another resource to discuss the different blood pressure medications.

Following a diet that promotes a low blood pressure will increase the effectiveness of the medication. Here's a link to learn more about the DASH Diet:

DASH Diet to Lower Blood Pressure

All the best,

Lisa Nelson RD

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Answered by Lisa Nelson, RD, LN