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BP way too high
prplehippie posted:
After losing 67 pounds, I am having blood pressure problems. I've been taking garcinia cambogia and green coffee bean extract to lose the weight. After I'd lost about 30 or so pound, my blood pressure starting dropping dangerously low, as low as 58/34, I had to stop some of my medicine, with doctor approval, although it was hard to get them to understand that this dive happened only in the morning. Now that I've lost over 60 pounds, my bp is soaring. When it went to 265/110, they put me in the hospital. There've been all the tests possible to see if there is any physical reason for it, but all were negative. After several med changes, my bp will go down but not stay down. I can get it to drop from, say 180/100 to 120/80 either with the regular dose of with an extra Clonidine. The cardiologist said the new target for the AMA is 140/90, which I feel is way too high. My cardiologist said no salt whatsoever, not in canned food or other such kinds of foods, and to stop eating bread. He didn't believe me when I told him how little salt I use and how little bread I eat. I've cut way back again on the salt but can't cut out the bread, since I don't eat it and seldom eat any kind of pasta. Does anyone have any ideas how to lower my bp and keep is lowered?
billh99 responded:
Two medical conditions that I have heard can cause very high BP is blockage of kidney arteries and adrenal gland problems. I don't know if they checked those.

You did not mention exercise. That will greatly help control BP. I don't know how conditioned you are, but even brisk walking helps.

Stress and anxiety can also cause spikes in BP. You might want to look at some relaxation exercises including things like yoga breathing.

I don't know what suppliments that you might still be taking, but lots of them have contamination and ingredients that aren't listed. Try stopping everything.

You might be sensitive to some food. Try an elimination diet.

You can find hypertension centers and specialist here.
prplehippie replied to billh99's response:
Thanks for your timely reply. I have had the testing on my kidneys and adrenal glands. The adrenal glands were okay but I do have mild kidney failure. The doctors don't think that's the cause because my creatinin level is okay. The diet supplements I take, according the Harvard School of Medicine and the Mayo clinic don't cause high blood pressure. They are garcinia cambogia and green coffee bean extract. I've started back on the garcinia cambogia this morning. Both supplements are plant based and don't have any kind of additives or fillers in them.. I stopped them for a month with no change in blood pressure. I have trouble exercising because of physical issues. I do walk around my house and yard but have trouble doing it for long. My primary doctor and cardiologist said next time it gets high, to treat it aggressively with the clonidine I have. That, and pot, bring it down to a more normal range, with the pot bringing it lower faster. This morning before my meds, my bp was 201/55. A little over an hour later, it was 151/55 and will continue to go down for a while before it starts the climb back toward 200. I know the damage high blood pressure does to the body and want something that will bring it back down and keep it there like the medicine used to.

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