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chaps and co will prob give you better medical advice
dh has high bp and he was asked to do more exercise and cut out bad fats (and eat more fruit and veg). He plays footie now once a week and does more walking and it seems to have had a positive effect on his bp.
I would think once your bp is that high (220), taking the medication is prob very key.
my hubby was hospitalised last week with high bp - and had a mini stroke as a result.
get the doctor to check what medication he's on - atenelol ended up making my dh worse and has been taking the new stuff for a week and feels better. i've also noticed he doesn't get stressed so easily!
as far as diet goes - less salt is key, but really i think stress can be a major factor - does he have a stressful job?
this is a bit rambly - sorry - but i know how you feel!
When you say he has a bad diet, does he eat a lot of processed foods, which usually have "hidden" high levels of sodium in them nutty? Does he add salt to meals as well?
High salt intake definitely affects your bp.
Sorry to hear this, not what you need
Sausages and beans both contain astonishing amounts of salt nutty. Sounds like keeping really active all his life has enabled him to get away with this diet, and now he is doing less it is catching up with him. Hope you can persuade him to trade fried eggs for some yummy quinoa with roasted veg
nutty, get him and his grandchildren pedometers and see who can reach the highest number of steps a day
with regards to food - often people find it hard to give up processed foods because of their strong flavours - do you think you/the rest of the family could tempt him with other stronger flavours like thai or indian? (veggie curries and spicy noodle soups are a big favourite in our house)
220 is incredibly high, anything over 140/90 counts as "high" (ie worthy of treatment) these days. please stress to him that he's not just at risk of a heart attack, but also of stroke which leaves many people very disabled
My dad has been back to the g.p and his BP is now around 180 so it has come down but is obviously still very high. They have given him bloodt tests and said there is nothing to show why it is high really. His cholesterol is 4.6 which is okish.
I am really proud of him though because he has really changed his diet and I never ever thought he would. He went a brought a steamer and now has steamed meat or fish with steamed veg every day, which is so totally different to what he was eating.
Hopefully this combined with the tablets will really help.