Before my heart attack, my blood pressure was way, way, way out of whack so I went on medications, which I'm sure helped to lower the numbers but essentially took me out of the fight. And the only way I'm going to beat diabetes is by taking ownership of it and getting involved in my own recovery.
So I exercise now, nothing dramatic. I'm extremely busy so I have to narrow my exercise time to 30 minutes a day. I also changed my diet, which I think had really had great affect. No dairy, no red meat, and almost nothing that has ingridents listed on the package.
So, after speaking with my Doctor, I went off my blood pressure meds because the side effects are killing me...okay not killing me but....they were making me highly agitated, I was having trouble sleeping, it murders your sex life, and I was in a fog sometimes........so we're trying life with them and I have to say, so far so good. I feel pretty good these days.
I'm watching my blood pressure like a hawk too.
I bought a blood pressure machine (we did research first and decided the best buy was a machine made by the Omron Corp., regadless of maker, none of these machines are expensive and can be purchased at your local drug store)
So, in keeping with my promise to share my battle with you, here's what's going on.
The top number is the Systolic and measures the pressure in the arteries when the heart beats (when the heart muscle contracts). The target I set for this is 120
The middle number is called the Diastolic and measures the pressure in the arteries between heartbeats (when the heart muscle is resting between beats and refilling with blood). The target I set for this is 80.
The bottom number is my pulse. The target I set for this is 70.
So here is what I’m shooting for120
My numbers are on the left, the ideal numbers are on the right
Friday Feb. 3 1:00 PM (Just came in from a walk)
Friday Feb. 3 1:00 PM
Friday Feb. 3 1:00 AM
Sat. Feb. 4 10:00 AM (I didn't work today and look at how low the numbers are for most of the day)
Sat. Feb. 4 12 noon
Sat. Feb. 4 12 Midnight
Sunday Feb. 5 11:20 AM
Monday Feb. 6 9:00 AM
Monday Feb. 6 6:00 PM
Tuesday Feb. 7 10:00 AM
This chart reflects blood pressure categories defined by the American Heart Association.
mm Hg (upper #)
mm Hg (lower #)
|Normal||less than 120||and||less than 80|
|Prehypertension||120 – 139||or||80 – 89|
|High Blood Pressure|
(Hypertension) Stage 1
|140 – 159||or||90 – 99|
|High Blood Pressure|
(Hypertension) Stage 2
|160 or higher||or||100 or higher|
(Emergency care needed)
|Higher than 180||or||Higher than 110|
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