High blood pressure is a risk factor for heart attack so your doctor may respond with a sense of urgency in lowering your blood pressure.
But it's as important to make sure your blood pressure reading is accurate to warrant medication, given possible side-effects including erectile dysfunction, dizziness, diarrhoea or constipation, anxiousness and more...
Tips to improve the accuracy of your blood pressure reading...
A blood pressure
reading that requires medication was lowered a few years ago from 140/90 to 130/80.
This means almost 50% of adults end up needing blood pressure drugs - and this number shoots up to 80% for people over 65.
That's a lot of people taking pharmaceuticals - here's how to make sure your doctor's reading was accurate...
1. Sit quietly for 12 minutes before taking the reading... If you rush into your doctor's office to avoid being late for the appointment, or had to fight through traffic, your reading is more likely to be inaccurate.
2. Empty your bladder before your reading - a full bladder can elevate your blood pressure.
3. Avoid caffeine, alcohol and smoking before your reading. Also try to have your reading taken before you take your medication for the day if possible. Some medications can raise your blood pressure - check the packaging insert.
4. Don't exercise just before taking a reading.
5. If your reading is high, rather opt to get another two readings at different times of the day at the pharmacy before you pick up your script, just to be sure.
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How to tell if you could be affected by Adrenal Fatigue
• You feel tired or weak
• You need coffee to get going
in the mornings…
• Your daily tasks feel like hard work
• You feel like you’re not coping
(it’s all too much)…
• You struggle to concentrate
and don’t finish tasks…
• You feel irritable, anxious or depressed
• Get headaches
• Reduced interest
Feeling run down and drained all the time doesn’t have to be your normal state-of-being.
Unfortunately, it is for millions of people – all over the world – who just can’t seem to keep up anymore.
And there’s a very good explanation for this…
Researchers at numerous institutions, including Harvard University, Johns Hopkins and Stanford University identified that certain chemicals flick the ‘age switch’ on in people over 50, forcing them to slow down.
These chemicals gradually build up in your bloodstream over time as you age.
Until one day the switch finally flicks causing your metabolism to drag along at snail’s pace, dropping your oxygen levels and dipping your hormones until they’re practically undetectable.
But it doesn't have to be that way!
The answer to restoring your youthful energy is as easy as 1-2-3… Full details here…
Are you trying to manage your blood pressure?
Of course, the first thing you should do before taking medication is making sure you're not saotaging your blood pressure.
Be sure to exercise daily.
Cut back on sugar and refined carbs.
Make sure you're getting enough potassium and magnesium.
Manage your stress levels.