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Is there an alternative blood pressure medication?

I am taking ramopril I am 82 and go to the gym every day. It is not reducing my blood pressure and not making me feel very well. My doctor has perscribed Cardicor but I have read it will slow my heart down( I haven't got a fast heart beat, just high blood pressure) and to be extra cautious with elderly people. not happy about taking this drug, haven't started it yet and would like an alternative
Wed, 8 Feb 2017
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hello,
Certainly there are many alternative medicine you can have like Amlodipine 5 mg or telmisartan 40 mg once a day. So you can get this prescribed from your doctor.
You should have a healthy lifestyle like avoiding fatty, oily and high calorie diet. Have low salt diet and monitor blood pressure regularly thrice a day for one week then once or twice a week and bp should not be persistently more than 140/90 mmhg. Regular exercises like brisk walking, jogging according your capacity atleast 30 min a day and 5 days a week. Lots of green leafy vegetables, fruits, fish once or twice a week, avoid meat. Avoid smoking and alcohol if any. There shouldn't abdominal fat deposition or obesity. Get your lipid profile and sugars tested once..
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Is there an alternative blood pressure medication?

hello, Certainly there are many alternative medicine you can have like Amlodipine 5 mg or telmisartan 40 mg once a day. So you can get this prescribed from your doctor. You should have a healthy lifestyle like avoiding fatty, oily and high calorie diet. Have low salt diet and monitor blood pressure regularly thrice a day for one week then once or twice a week and bp should not be persistently more than 140/90 mmhg. Regular exercises like brisk walking, jogging according your capacity atleast 30 min a day and 5 days a week. Lots of green leafy vegetables, fruits, fish once or twice a week, avoid meat. Avoid smoking and alcohol if any. There shouldn t abdominal fat deposition or obesity. Get your lipid profile and sugars tested once..