Heart Attack

Discussion in 'Health and Fitness' started by Kit_Monkey, Mar 27, 2013.

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  1. Maybe a bit too general, but after some advise and opinions:
    Last week i had a bad Atrial Fibrilation or AF and suffered a heart attack as a result, apparantly i have mega high blood pressure at more than one point it was reading over 200 but i don't feel any symptoms of this. The consultant in the observation ward was unimpressed with the merits of aspirin, but am on 300mg tablet a day amongst other drugs.
    What steps can i take to help reduce blood pressure (i don't smoke, packed in drinking years ago and barely touch salt). My cholestorol is 5.3, pulse is now normal at around 68bpm.
    Cheers KM
  2. Call me old fashioned but I would probably listen to the heart specialist rather that random internet opinions!
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  3. ^ Wot he said!
  4. stay off ARRSE? sacrilege i know but it might help ;P
  5. Er see a heart specialist.......I guess he will tell you to change your lifestyle , diet and exercise regime , oh and avoid stress , there you go and no fee.Good luck.
  6. Do you read the daily mail or live south of Peterborough? Both of these increase my blood pressure and decrease my will to live.
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  7. Nobody at the unit offered any advise on what i might be able to do to help lower my blood pressure apart from the cardiac rehabilitation nurse, but as i lean away from salt anyway she wasn't overly helpful
  8. Asprin thin the blood, I am guessing that one of the "amongth other drugs" will be a blood pressure drug..

    Blood Pressure : Types of blood pressure medicine

    ACE inhibitors: these medicines help to control hormones that affect blood pressure. Most of these medicines have names that end in “pril”
    Angiotensin receptor blockers (or ARBs): these also control hormones that affect blood pressure. Most of these medicines have names that end in “artan”
    Calcium channel blockers: these medicines make the artery walls relax, making them wider, which lowers blood pressure. Most of these medicines have names that in “pine”
    Thiazide diuretics: these medicines remove unwanted fluid from the body, which helps lower blood pressure. Most of these medicines have names that end in “ide”.
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  9. Do you stay properly hydrated? If your dehydrated, your blood becomes thicker and consequently harder to pump resulting in a higher pressure.
  10. always kept an eye on my hydration level, the other tabs include beta blocker, ace inhibitor, blood pressure and cholesterol lowerers, have an appointment for an angiogram,
  11. an aspirin and a glass of red wine a day, me ma' used to swear by it, certainly helped her angina at any rate.
  12. Schaden

    Schaden LE Book Reviewer

    The basics - lose weight if overweight, cut out salt - no adding salt to cooking or food, no prepared meals, do some exercise if not already - however high bp can run in your family and there is nothing you can do about that - the first thing the old consultant does and they pack you off pretty sharpish to see one if you have high bp - will give you something like Ramipril to lower the bp - plus perhaps a diuretic as well - say bendroflumethiazide - read the patient information leaflets carefully so you know what side effects if any to expect. They'll also check cholestrol and if you're near 50 expect to be put on Lipitor.
  13. Schaden

    Schaden LE Book Reviewer

    Oops didn't see your last post - good idea is also to get a home bo kit - there is a iPhone app that you can use to monitor your bp...
  14. Is Blood Letting still in fashion?