The Cuff

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:

  1. Blood pressure goes up with age, but
  2. These readings are too high, so
  3. I should cut down on sodium, and
  4. Keep exercising and watching what I eat, and
  5. Eliminate sources of stress, and
  6. 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.

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