I'am 61 yr old african american, born and raised in Omaha Ne

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My Bp, started going up about 3months ago. I've been in and out of the hospital 3times in 2weeks. I walk 3 miles a day, I eat good, (no salt) drink lots of water. my bp this morning was 210/95, on July 03, it was 201/110, the va doctor added another medication, I'am really afraid, please any advise would helpful.


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    Mm a tad high....it can take awhile before the medications work. Meantime breathing exercises, exercise, NO SALT......just fruit and veggies and anything that with bring your BP down like raw oats, quinoa, chia... Mix a little of each with milk and honey each morning.... They do bring the BP down..good luck
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    That is seriously high, you must get your doctor to get you on a medication that works. If you leave it like this, you will end up having a stroke.
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    Hi Rickey,

    Sorry to hear you're having this problem but glad that you're getting good medical advice. Sounds like you're doing a lot of the right things - especially exercise and no salt. It's also important to cut down on carbs (especially sugars) if you're not doing this already. That's going to mean avoiding refined foods as much as possible, and not drinking sodas - though I note you already say you're drinking water, which is good. I'm just wondering whether your weight is OK. Losing weight can be very beneficial.

    Unfortunately, at your levels, you're not someone who's going to be able to be able to manage your high BP without meds. I'd advise getting a home BP monitor if you haven't already got one and checking your BP every day. And maybe you could ask your doctor about doing a 24-hour monitoring check, if you haven't already?

    I'm sure the doctor will help you find a solution. Try not to get too afraid, as anxiety can push up your BP even further.

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    Hi Ricky, Remember that most of the risks associated with high blood pressure are due to the damage done over time. In your case it seems that this is a new problem and your Doctors are starting the process of manageing it. This will probably take a little time to get the right drugs and its unlikely that you will be able to do a great deal to spead this up, your lifestyle looks pretty good already. They will also be investigating potential causes, but these are often difficult to pin down. I suspect the best thing to do is just try take thing easy, worry doesn't help unfortunatly, you will have to give it time, even the drugs take a bit of time to reach their full effectiveness. I'm sure it will start to come down shortly which should reassure you a bit, but don't be to surprised if it takes a while to get right. Best wishes.

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