Having a blood pressure problem can cause many people to become anxious and frightened. You may never have taken any regular medication, now you are taking daily pills to keep your blood pressure under “control.”
You wonder why this is happening. You exercise, watch your weight, there has never been a family history of high blood pressure, but here you are, hypertensive and taking medication.
Dr. Geiss has been monitoring your blood pressure and has made the decision to put you on medication to help control the blood pressure. There are, however, other steps that you can take that could help lower the blood pressure.
Exercise — Particularly cardiovascular exercise that “pumps” up the heart rate not only to burn calories but also to increase the oxygenation of the blood and strengthen the heart muscle.
Diet — Cutting down on salt might help, or cutting back on other foods that affect blood pressure. Discuss these foods with Dr. Geiss and his office staff.
Sometimes adding supplemental vitamins/minerals and other things like fish oil can help lower the blood pressure. Again, discuss this with Dr. Geiss to see if this might be an option for you.
Dr. Geiss will watch your blood pressure. He will order blood tests and other tests to keep a close watch on how well your blood pressure is being controlled. Keeping the blood pressure under tight control is very important to prevent strokes, or other adverse effects of the increased workload placed on the body due to the high blood pressure (hypertension).
On your next visit discuss your blood pressure and any problems you feel you are having with Dr. Geiss and his team.