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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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Suggest remedy for high BP and pulse rate

My guy has hx of hypertension and is on 10mg of altace once a day. His diastolic is always high. He atw a Shrawma (Indian food) and his b/p went to 167/107 and a high pulse. The systemic came down to 135/98 pulse at 91 the next day by noon. He said he drank a lot of water and voided all night, but had a headache most of the night. I am concerned regarding the high diastolic and do not understand why it stayed so high and still is and how dangerous is this and how does it affect the heart and danger there...Also next time it happens what should he do. I suggested he shoud be on ASA 81 mg daily and should take a 325 mg ASA and eat/drink a food that is a direurtic. Also why is potassium so VIP for him to take and should he be on tablets..Sherre
Wed, 26 Jul 2017
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Hi dear,

Diastolic hypertension is an undesirable elevation of the lowest of the two blood pressure numbers.The desirable level of diastolic is about 80 mm Hg. Any rise above that number is associated with an increase in adverse events.
Trails done says that;

Every 10 mm rise in diastolic pressure causes a doubling of incidence of adverse events such as heart attack, stroke, kidney failure and heart failure.

When the heart beats it pushes blood out into the very large blood vessels. These vessels are elastic and take up some of the force by expanding. Then while the heart rests between beats the large vessels contract towards their normal size thus continuing to push blood around the body. This pressure in vessel during relaxation is called diastolic bp.

As age progresses fat starts to accumulate in arteries and they loses their elasticity hence does not relax properly causing a elevated diastolic pressure.

Increased diastolic pressure can not be alone treated with medicines ,severe life style modification is required
45 minute of strenous exercise should be done
low salt food must be taken
avoid fatty and oily food
30 minutes of brisk walk daily
ecosprin 75mg can be taken daily prevents future cardisc risk
a serum lipid pfl should be done
it will take atleast 3 months to notice any change

he is on high dose of ramipril which causes hypokalenia hence he should take potaasium supllements like banana coconut water daily

dont use diuretics now first try wat i advised for 3 months
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