This is something I like to share from 1st point of view. 2019 has come to me with the news I have a high blood pressure (HBP) issue, also called hypertension. Although I’m still fresh on the topic, I prefer to share my experience here. I hope this info will be useful for others, suddenly surprised like me.
Let me start with this. You almost never know, if you have hypertension, until you start measuring your blood pressure from time to time, or at least go regularly to medical checks. The usual symptoms, like headaches at the back of your head, may not always appear. For instance, I had no headaches, no other pains, nothing. Hypertension was detected at a regular medical check. But, as a rule of thumb, if you are overweight, eat unhealthy food, live unhealthy or stressing life (like almost all middle aged men), the probability to get hypertension or other heart problems is high.
When you get diagnosed with hypertension, believe me, you’ll get more stressed than ever. This will raise your blood pressure even more. At the beginning, even seeing the pressure-measuring device will cause your BP to jump. Measuring it 2-3 times per hand, every 10 minutes, will stress you even further. As a result, expect your health status to worsen. Here is my best 1st POV advice: Don’t panic and don’t allow anyone to stress you and measure your blood pressure 100 times a day. Buy an electronic measuring device and start measuring it by yourself, no more than 3 times a day, as well as when you think you need to. Remember, the blood pressure and the heart rate are moment values. They vary constantly. You are only measuring the value at the moment. Stop working and start walking a lot. This will relax you.
By all means, you will be prescribed HBP medications. Don’t expect them to take effect immediately. If you like me have had hypertension for a long time without even suspecting it, the body will fight to keep the HBP. In time, when you start relaxing, the blood pressure will start falling. It should not fall too sharply as well, because this could cause you a stroke. Don’t worry too much about HBP. The human’s body and arteries are designed in a way to hold on blood pressure above 200 mmHg. Keep also in mind that taking medications for HBP may raise your heart rate. I suppose this is due to the fact that when arteries go larger, the heart will try to compensate the lowering blood pressure with more beats.
When the blood pressure falls well below the normal levels, for instance under 110 / 70 mmHg, it’s time to lower or change the medications. You need to consult with your cardiologist (or GP), and ask him what to do. If you don’t do it, you will start having problems with low blood pressure (hypotension), like difficult breathing or fainting. Find tuning the medications may take months. This is strictly individual.
The most important part though is to accept HBP as a sign, to change your food and lifestyle. When you first get diagnosed with HBP, it’s very much advisable to stop eating junk food and start a healthy diet. To stress it further, I’ll write a separate paragraph on this below. Although your cardiologist may not say much about it, it’s very important to start avoiding certain foods and drinks. Here is a good list to start avoiding, as to me. When you overcome the HBP crisis, start walking a lot, rest more and exercise at least 3 times a week. All this will lower the BP further and make you feel good.
To me, the medicine has always been more art than science. I’m almost sure the doctors will not tell you, what caused the hypertension in the end. Because, as to me, it was the body reaction to something else, not just an something inevitable falling from the sky. They usually tell you it’s a matter of age, stress, food, etc. In this regard, you may be in charge to try guessing or finding out, what may have caused HBP in the end. Because, all medications above are aimed to heal the symptoms, not the reason.
(to be continued)