Despite my following the plan for over a year, my hypertension persists (though I seen some improvement). I have had high BP for over twenty years and currently am taking Metoprolol (25 mg, twice a day). I monitor my BP at home and it is currently about 152/84. I was also taking Quinapril 40 mg and Amlodopine 10 mg, but stopped those, hoping to manage the BP with just Metoprolol, or preferably no meds at all. I am 59 years old, 5'4", weigh 135, and exercise 30 minutes 5 times per week. I have eliminated caffeine. I have a glass of red wine most evenings; maybe this needs to go too? My hypertension is familial and I was diagnosed at age 38. I recently went to a five day McDougall program, which was wonderful! So much information was included in the five days. When I asked Dr. McDougall for advice, he advised me to lose more weight, which surprised me since my BMI is in the normal range. However, I am willing to do this if it will help my blood pressure. My questions are as follows, and I will appreciate any and all suggestions:
1. Would a lower BMI possibly lower my BP?
2. Has anyone tried Resperate?
3. Would increasing my exercise help?
4. Any other thoughts or ideas?
Thanks for taking the time to read this!
You might find this interesting.http://hyper.ahajournals.org/content/30/6/1511.full
BMI 21 appeared to be the magic number for women. Perhaps you would see your BP drop if you get closer to 122 pounds. I don't know.
I also thought of yoga. That or Tai Chi might help.
I don't know that you'd necessarily have to increase exercise time-wise, but if you want to see changes, you might want to shake things up as far as intensity and type of exercise you're doing. The body gets used to stuff.