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I've just returned from a 6 monthly hypertension check with my dr and she has reduced my Losartan from 50mg to 25mg I check my BP twice daily and record the readings in a notebook which she is happy with and the average of the past 6 days was 122/76. I showed her the readings going back many months all of which were good.
I was initially started on Ramipril 15 months ago then had it changed to an equivalent dose of Losartan and I have been on that for 9 months. I walk for at least half an hour every day, have reduced my weight [BMI down from 24 to 18.5] as much to keep diabetes at bay - I was told I was prediabetic with an A1c of 41 - and also to try and stop my knee arthritis becoming worse.
However despite all that she informed me that my Q risk was 13.4% she was instructed by the NHS to offer me a statin: [thanks, but no thanks!] I'm 71 and next month will be 72 and the risk goes up to 14.5%. I asked her whether if knowing all the facts she would take one herself if offered and she said definitely NO !! She did not think it is right to hand them out at a risk of 10% to anyone who does not have heart problems.
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