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Blood pressure 168 over 86. Is it really high?

just wanted to know if it is bad I know smoking and salt effect it, are there any other things that would make it high like stress Thanks Take Rampril 1 at night been increased to 1 in the morning as well, do smoke(bad me) have to have extra salt due to another illness. Age 49, female, 5ft 2, 7st 12lb and was sitting. Don t drink Don t have coffee Had cholestrol checked 2wks ago I thought it would be high as my mum brothers and sister have high mine was 5.2 so it was OK. I have to have extra salt due to an electrolyte deficiency have had more in the past 2mths and sodium was up to 132 so that was good as before it was very low even dropping to 124. Anyway just me like to see the funny side of things so take that many pills would make a good rattle ha ha thanks
Fri, 11 Dec 2009
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Sounds like you caught in a go no go situation. I'm similar except the sodium level you have to take This problem is solved for me by a diet of sodium 0.5 mg per 100gms of food years ago this was very hard to do, easy today.Needed a supplier from the hospital for it. You didn't mention potassium also a problem little or none if pos. things like summer fruits,coffee and chocolate, (sorry), anything that ends in berry a no go. Stress is a major factor in all ailments, just about makes everything worse but that's what we do. Have a look at some sites how to reduce stress
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