August 28, 2019
My cardiologist has asked/ordered me to buy a blood pressure cuff and to monitor my blood pressure every day.
The cuff itself is a wonder — totally digital, no muss, no fuss. I slip it over my left arm and push a button. It inflates automatically and gives me a nice clear readout a few seconds later.
The problem is the readout itself. It’s too high, somewhere in the 145/88 region. It’s been as high as 156/93 and as low as 135/83. The higher reading is hypertension and the lower reading is still what they are calling “pre-hypertension.”
Dr. Cardio has told me:
- Blood pressure goes up with age, but
- These readings are too high, so
- I should cut down on sodium, and
- Keep exercising and watching what I eat, and
- Eliminate sources of stress, and
- Start taking a diuretic.
W. and I are heading off to France next week (take note that the house will be guarded by a house-sitter and a vicious dog). The cuff machine is too heavy to bring along and I’m not going to worry too much about what I eat and drink in France.
So, I will take the diuretics and see where things stand when I get back. Sometimes you just have to live a little.