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How serious is hypertension really?

My doc yesterday said my weight put me at risk for hypertension and that this could lead to a heart attack, which is common in women. I'm curious if any of you have heard the same thing from their doc, and how worried should I really be. I tend to be a skeptic when it comes to alarmists.

Wed. May 23, 2:32pm

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Hypertension can lead not only to heart attack, but to stroke. It's called the silent killer for a reason. You don't FEEL like there is anything wrong with you, right up to the point where you blow a gasket. Exercise, weight loss, yoga, stress reduction, garlic, cinammon.. the list goes on with ways to help keep your numbers where they need to be to stay healthy. Don't buy into alarmist hype, just keep yourself as healthy as possible. If your doc is recommending medication for borderline hypertension, it would be my opinion that you're better off trying the tactics listed above to correct the situation before resorting to medication. Less undesirable side effects.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007, 3:01 PM

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if your doc was alarming you to scare you into taking action to avoid hypertension, that is a great thing. I have it and need medication to keep it under control. It was still borderline high with the medication up to about 5 pounds ago. But with steady weight loss and increased exercise the blood pressure has come down - I hope I can some day come off the medication. I just wish I would have taken it seriously and taken action BEFORE it became a problem for me. At least I'm doing something about it now. Better late than TOO late!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007, 4:55 PM

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4:55 how much weight do you have to lose?

Wednesday, May 23, 2007, 4:59 PM

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Why would you choose not to believe your Dr? Just because you don't want to lose weight??? I'm sorry I'm normally not this harsh but I think it's pretty pathetic you are looking for ways to justify hypertension being 'not that bad' for you versus just working to lose the weight.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007, 5:29 PM

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I hate to agree with 5:29, but that was my first thought after reading the original post. Well, except I thought "make the necessary changes" not just "lose weight", since doing things like limiting salt or quitting smoking or walking an hour a day might be the things the OP doesn't want to do.

My obese father had it, ignored it, lived a few years and died from a stroke before 60. Go ahead and roll the dice if you like those odds.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007, 6:32 PM

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