Cut ADDED salt out of your diet entirely. Not as easy as it may sound. be VERY careful with salt in processed foods such as soups, deli meat/cheese. If you are overweight, try to lose some weight. start on an exercise program.
(this is from my personal experience. You should start by checking with your doctor. And if you dont already do it, take your bp every day and keep track of events in your life. A pattern MAY emerge. FOr instance, my BP is always a little higher when I go to dr.'s office.)View Thread
You really need to talk to your doctor. Have you asked pharmacist whether hbp could be side effect of meds. R U overweight, do you have any underlying factors which can cause hbp? YOu probably should have regular check-ups with cardiologist and your primary care.
I know what initially worked for me (this is just my personal opinion) is diet and CUTTING OUT ALL ADDED SALT and being very conscious of the amount of sodium in processed foods (soups are notorious for high sodium). I try to buy no salt added or low salt (even low salt can be HIGH in sodium). I"m oN Weight watchers and I watch fat, sodium, cholesterol etc. and portion control is key. I weigh/measure almost everything that is preportioned, and I have to be VERY careful if I eat out.
PERSONAL OPINION. NO one else's "opinion" is a substitute for seeing your doc on a regular basis.View Thread
change your way of eating, more (or SOME) exercise, BP monitoring. I'm sure DASH is good diet - the key thing for DASH is BP, losing weight is secondary.
if the APP is free, try it. especially if it reminds you to take meds.
get a BP monitor and keep a spreadsheet. take BP daily. I personally like the WRIST monitor, but I would ask your doctor if that one is good for you.
I follow WEIGHT WATCHERS. of course, they are about losing weight, but if you follow whatever plan you folow, CUT SALT OUT OF YOUR DIET - I even cut out salt substitute., In my case my BP DID lower to a good range. If you dont need to lose, then DASH would work. Be careful with cholesterol. An average large egg can be around 195mg of cholesterol, that is (in my opinion) too much. I also cut out eggs. I use egg whites and egg beaters.
Be VERY VERY careful of processed foods (frozen and canned). They can VERY HIGH in SODIUM.
Learn to read nutrition labels. Even "No sodium" products have SOME sodium. The lower in fat for a food, usually it is higher in sodium. Be VERY careful of deli meats. even the "low sodium" versions are too high in sodium.
Try to figure out WHY its happening. Its probably a fear of the "unknown". MY BP also goes up at dr's office (if it's a NEW doctor), yet when I had my endoscopy, BP hardly went up at all. if you can, take a trusted friend with you. Discuss with him/her before you go what you want to ask doctor. This way if you forget to ask, your friend can ask.
I have no medical training. Your doctor should always be your first source of information.
I think you should check with your doctor. I took a diuretic recently and it didnt work at all. It also may depend on the CAUSE of the fluid retention. R U drinking enough water (check with your doc about that). Have you read all the info that drug? That drug is (of course) a diuretic used to treat high BP. You should NEVER increase BP med (in my opinion) without checking with your doctor.View Thread
Likely it is "white coat" syndrome. If you are overweight, even losing some weight will make a difference.......With practice you can do it without the Xanax. Start by trying to figure out WHY you get stressed before doc visit.View Thread
I assume your doctor has given you a COMPLETE medical check-up. R U under a lot of stress? R U overweight? Do you smoke? Do you have a family history of High BP, etc.
One thing you can do is to totally cut added salt out of your diet. And start reading food labels CAREFULLY for salt/sodium content. The lower in fat for some foods, the higher in sodium. And even unsalted products have SOME salt.
I would not take any "natural" things unless you check with doctor.