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Well, after considerable work TRYING to lower my BP, and after TWO doctors (my family doctor and my specialist at the Chronic Pain Center) telling me I really should be on it, I decided that yeah, maybe I should...

My biggest issue with my BP is the diastolic number ... I'm typically in the 140-150 on my systolic, and usually 100-105 on the diastolic. They're not as concerned about the systolic because of my size (larger men do have higher systolic readings, typically - it takes a strong heartbeat and a little more pressure to move that much blood through a system this big...) but my diastolic (which is the reading of the pressure in your blood vessels between the heart pumping - meaning when your circulatory system is 'at-rest', and therefore should be much less than it is...) is too high to be healthy.

So I've started on Ramipril - an ACE inhibitor, at an initial dosage of 10mg per day, and I'm guessing they'll move me up to 20mg daily later...

From what I understand this should also help protect my kidneys (important since I take daily prescription NSAID's), and may have the interesting side effect of LOWER blood glucose - or at least that is one of the reported effects in some people on oral diabetes meds - so I'm being told to monitor closely again (like I didn't already, lol...)

I'm a bit annoyed, to be honest. I really thought with the diet, exercise and weight loss that I could get it down. But even with a large cuff my readings just aren't getting down to healthy levels. It's somewhat depressing because part of me feels like I 'failed' - I really thought with the weight-loss and aerobic exercise that the BP would stabilize, but obviously some permanent damage was done and that's just not going to happen without intervention.

So far the only side-effect I've noticed (I've been on it a week now, but didn't say anything about it before now) is a bit of a tickle/cough in the back of my throat... which when you already are recovering from a cold is quite annoying. :)
 

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I'm a bit annoyed, to be honest. I really thought with the diet, exercise and weight loss that I could get it down. But even with a large cuff my readings just aren't getting down to healthy levels. It's somewhat depressing because part of me feels like I 'failed' - I really thought with the weight-loss and aerobic exercise that the BP would stabilize, but obviously some permanent damage was done and that's just not going to happen without intervention.
You know, all of this can seem so whimsical to me.

I've a friend who is athletic, crazy fit, and runs high blood pressure and takes meds. I was crazy unfit, overweight (okay, obese), carrying undiagnosed diabetes with high numbers, and my blood pressure was fine. The retinologist told me I had hardening of the arteries before my time, but still my blood pressure is great - 115/75 typically.

I'm just not sure how you failed. You've been a cycling athlete extraordinaire, you've managed your diabetes with a determination and diligence that's admirable - you're a complete success as I see it.

Dunno Beefy - we get some lucky and some unlucky genetic cards as I see it. Are there really down sides to blood pressure meds, or you're frustrated about having to take another med in general, any med?
 

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I guess I was lucky. When my Dad had a stroke, he went to my internist and had a history with him. At 47, he was treating me, and I developed HBP and he told me that mine was genetic because it was the same kind Daddy had. Told me that I could do little but take meds and lower my sodium intake which I had done after my first pregnancy and never went up again because of my Obg-gyn and that meant to me, I had little chance of going off of again, no matter what I did. Little matters it seems with mine, I was exactly the same age as my Dad was..
 

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Well, my dad had 3 heart-attacks in his 40's. I don't know exactly where his blood pressure was at my age, but I should find out.

Experiencing some unpleasant side-effects... more gastro-intestinal issues keeping me near the bathroom. Oh joy. Hopefully these don't last long...
 
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