C.A. asks from Albany, OR on October 28, 2008
Q About Hypertension
So my DH went to the dentist and they took his blood pressure and said it was 137/99. I just read that 140/90 is hypertension and he is prehypertension. What I can't seem to find is whether this is a permanent thing that will just have to be treated? Also should we make an appt to see the doctor asap or just try to help him loose weight and change diet habits (he is pretty overweight - I love him just the way he is, but we are more worried about the long term effects of being that overweight). He's only 22, but is something like stroke possible? I think it scares me a little and just want to know what others have gone through.
A LITTLE MORE: He doesn't want to see the doctor - wants to try to get his weight under control since he's convinced that's the problem. I think he's afraid that's all they'll tell him to do anyhow.
As for stress we have a lot of it. I personally run the business's right now, and we can't actually afford to drop out of school. He's the kind of guy who prefers to spend all his time with me. I've tried to encourage him to get out the house, but I think he can't enjoy it cause he wants me with him. He prefers shopping over bar hopping, and chick flicks over poker. He flat out tells me that unless I'm going out with him he's not going out at all.
I think the bigger issue is that he told me his dad has hypertension (hadn't mentioned it till I talked to him last night) but his dad isn't overweight at all and stress levels are rather low for him. Genetically I fear this especially with his weight and the stress.
So What Happened?™
Well I had a talk with him...we have planned to enjoy this pregnancy and get to a point where we take a term off of school (just three months down the road). We did the Biggest Loser awhile and it rocked. He lost 30lbs. in one month and wants to do that again. It limits all the blood pressure driven salt and fats. Stress was getting to him too, but that is actually calming down. Thanks for all the support gals!
J.S. answers from Seattle on October 29, 2008
Do your best to make your lifestyle a healthy one. Make sure you have break time at your home business, just as you would as an employee somewhere else. Step outside for 15 minutes together and take a walk around the block while holding hands and talking about non-work related topics (such as baby!). You should be doing this while pregnant, anyway!
Eat light, fresh, real foods rather than pre-packaged, breaded, or man-made ingredient heavy ones. At the beginning or end of each day, take another 15 minutes for prayer/meditation/quiet time with deep breathing. There are more small ways to contribute to overall health, but my point is to take one day at a time and do whatever small things you can that make your life simple, quiet, and only filled with things that bring you pleasure. This will also be a good example and environment for your children. Hopefully medication will not be necessary!
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M.L. answers from Seattle on October 29, 2008
One BP reading can't determine if has hypertension. If he's overweight, and or inactive, then it is in his best interest to lose weight. Being a healthy weight and at least moderately active will bring his blood pressure into the healthy range or at least closer to it. Since he has a genetic history of hypertension, he may just run high and need to be treated. He should really see his doctor about it. Since he's wanting you to go with him, why not plan every-other-daily walks/runs/workouts as a family?
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E.J. answers from Seattle on October 30, 2008
My husband has battled with high blood pressure since he was about 21 (28 now) and it is definitely not a permant thing but may be something he will always have to watch. I would definitely recommend seeing a doctor - preferably one with experience with hypertension. But probably what a doctor will tell you is to really work on weight and watching what he eats (the DASH diet will probably come up). But in the mean time before it comes down due to that medicine might be recommended. only a doctor can tell you that. But weight loss and eating well can make a big impact. Oh and caffine - that made a big impact for my husband. Cutting out his caffine brought his blood pressure down quite a bit. Good luck!
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J.W. answers from Seattle on October 29, 2008
He could have white coat syndrome, or in this case the drill syndrome. Some visits with some people just naturally triggers the ol' blood pressure to rise, rise very high. Dentists are on the top of the list. Monitor his blood pressure at different times, drug stores and supermarkets often have those free machines. Sit down and take a look-see. Make an appointment with his doctor, let them know of your concern. They'll probably want to keep a chart of daily readings at different times of the day. High blood pressure is not something to mess with, but you want to make sure that's the problem at hand.
J.C. answers from Seattle on October 29, 2008
Some peoples blood presure tends to run high at doctor's offices. I know that mine does. A while ago my doctor had me monitor my blood presure for a few days and see. Most drug stores of free monitoring. I would write them down along with the date and time.
I would have him monitor his blood presure for several days and see what their like then if most/all of them are elevated I'd have him at least call his Dr.
A.S. answers from Seattle on October 29, 2008
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_pressure Copy and paste this link and it will give you a little info. I think googling it and reading about it with a follow up to the doctor would be a good idea. There are many websites that will give you some insightful information. It seems he's borderline for prehypertension and 1st Stage hypertension. It's genetic as well as lifestyle choices. My mom is 120 lbs and has to take blood preasure meds and cholesteral and she's in good shape! I'm 28 and mine is 160/90 so there are certain things they told me to take (will be the different for everyone) like garlic and then things they have me cutting out. Most doctors present a diet plan for both hyper and hypotension and refer you to a dietician. I'm struggling with getting rid of an extra 15 pounds for the high cholestrol and blood preassure and started walking a lot. It seems to me that I know it's tough, but the healthier life style the better off one is with these type of medical issues; diet, nutrition, and exercise can definetly help. Good luck, do some research, and recommend he see a doc for a check up. I don't even have to take my cholestrol meds anymore since I've switched eating and lifestyle ! It went way down from making a few changes.
A.O. answers from Seattle on October 29, 2008
First of all, it may be nothing. If he was nervous at the dentist's office that can raise his blood pressure. But it is something you'll want to start tracking. Use the arm cuffs at the grocery store whenever he's there and just track the numbers. If they seem to be recording on the high side then have him visit the doctor. For me, after a few years of trying to regulate my blood pressure without medication I finally agreed to be medicated for it. Truth is I probably dont need the meds right now because I have lost some weight but I enjoy not having to worry about how my blood pressure could effect me. Best wishes to you both.
P.M. answers from Seattle on October 29, 2008
IS your husband nervous when he goes to the dentist? I work in the dental field and that is common when people are having dental work. He should see his physician to see what it really is. Good luck!!