I'm looking for advice more so than an answer to a question. I'm 51 and maybe 40 pounds overweight. I was diagnosed with High Blood Pressure a number of years ago and was prescribed 40mg of Lisinopril. I monitor my BP at home and it averages around 135/80 to 140/90 I have always had white coat syndrome when I go to the Dr. My last visit to my new primary care the number was 175/110. I told him that I have always had crazy reading when at the doctors but at home it averages the numbers that I stated above. I'm not sure whether he believes me or not because he wants to put me on 25mg of Chlorthalidone along with my Lisinopril. I have read nightmare stories about diuretics and am very anxious about taking them. I suppose my question is this. Is my BP really high enough to necessitate the risks associated with Chlorthalidone? FYI, I did bring my monitor to the doctors with me and it was only two points off from his.View Thread
I do realize losing the weight and exercise will make a big difference. I'm on 40mg lisinopril now and the Dr. prescribed the diuretic but I think I'm going to go with the diet and exercise route before jumping on to another drug along side what I'm taking now. I started eating mostly grilled chicken and salads as well as walking 2 miles a day eight days ago. I've lost six pounds and my BP today was 123/74. Now I'm 5'7 and weigh 220 pounds so I have a ways to go but its not a sprint it's a marathon right! lol
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