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    I aways pass but on the ragged[140-90] edge. Any trick's out there to lower my BP for ONE day?

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    Short term less coffee/soda

    Long term - a skip rope (sorry)

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    Schedule the appt for around 1:00. BP is slightly higher in the AM. Don't schedule it during a stressfull time at work. I agree with Toddler...no caffine!!! for several days prior. Drink decaffinated coffee. Do something the morning of your appt that is VERY relaxing!!!
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    Oh yes, one more thing, NO SALT for at least two days prior the appt. Water retention will raise your BP. I would also tell you to have a massage before you go for the appt and to not cross your legs while your BP is being taken...but then...I'm a girl! I would guess you wouldn't cross your legs anyway and as far as a massage...well...it lowers my BP but I can't say what it would do for yours

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    Jim
    I think the FAA has OK'ed some BP meds but I am not sure of which combo. You may want to ask your Flight Doc.

    Start some sort of Aerobic workout. It doesn’t have to be with a bunch of women bouncing around in tights (but that’s good for your heart too). Anything that gets your heart into the 70-80% range (220-age = your max). You should be able to bring you BP down in 6 weeks easy.

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    You need to get your blood pressure under control for your health's sake. Here's a clip from the FAA approved meds list, specifically addressing BP meds. Lots of guys fly on BP meds.
    Blood Pressure (Hypertension) Centrally acting agents such as Guanethidine, Guanadrel, Guanabenz, Methyldopa, and Reserpine are not acceptable to the FAA.

    The following medications are FAA approved on a case by case basis:


    Alpha Blockers / Inhibitors

    * Cardura (Doxazosin)
    * Catapres (Clonidine)
    * Dibenzyline (Phenoxybenzamine)
    * Hytrin (Terazosin)
    * Micardis (Telmisartan)
    * Minipress, Minizide (Prazosin)

    Beta Blockers

    * Blocadren, Timolide (Timolol)
    * Cartrol (Carteolol)
    * Cibenzyline (Phenoxybenzamine)
    * Coreg (Carvedilol)
    * Corgard, Corzide (Nadolol)
    * Inderal, Inderide, Innopran (Propranolol)
    * Kerlone (Betaxolol)
    * Levatol (Penbutolol)
    * Lopressor, Toprol (Metoprolol)
    * Normodyne, Trandate (Labetalol)
    * Sectral (Acebutolol)
    * Tenormin, Tenoretic (Atenolol)
    * Visken (Pindolol)
    * Zebeta, Ziac (Bisoprolol)

    Calcium Channel Blockers

    * Adalat, Procardia (Nifedipine)
    * Caduet (Amlodipine Besylate + Atorvastatin Calcium)
    * Cardizem, Dilacor, Tiazac (Diltiazem)
    * Cardene (Nicardipine)
    * Calan, Covera, Isoptin, Veralan, Tarka (Verapamil)
    * DynaCirc (Isradipine)
    * Norvasc, Lotrel (Amlodipine)
    * Plendil, Lexxel (Felodipine)
    * Posicor (Mibefradil)
    * Sular (Nisoldipine)

    Angiotensin Converting Enzyme (ACE) Inhibitors

    * Aceon (Perindopril Erbumine)
    * Accupril (Quinapril)
    * Altace (Ramipril)
    * Capoten, Capozide (Captopril)
    * Lotensin (Benazepril)
    * Mavik (Trandolapril)
    * Monopril (Fosinopril)
    * Prinivil, Prinzide, Zestril, Zestoretic (Lisinopril)
    * Univasc, Unitrec (Moexipril)
    * Vasotec, Vaseretic (Enalapril)

    Angiotensin II Receptor Antagonists

    * Atacand (Candesartan)
    * Avapro, Avalide (Irbesartan)
    * Benicar (Olmesartan Medoxomil)
    * Benicar HCT (Olmesartan Medoxomil + Hydrochlorothiazide)
    * Cozaar, Hyzaar (Losartan)
    * Diovan (Valsartan)
    * Micardis (Telmisartan)

    Diuretics

    * Aldactone, Aldactazide (Spironolactone)
    * Bumex (Bumetanide)
    * Camadex, Demadex (Torsemide)
    * Diuril, Hydrochlorothiazide, HCTZ, Hydrodiuril, Oretic, Enduron (Thiazides)
    * Dyazide, Maxzide, Moduretic (Combinations)
    * Dyrenium (Triamterene)
    * Lasix (Furosemide)
    * Lozol (Indapamide)
    * Mykrox (Metolazone)
    * Zaroxolyn, Mykrox (Metolazone)

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    Bearing down (like going poop) will lower BP, practice at your local grocery store or buy an automated BP cuff. Best long term answer is to get with your doctor and start exercising. High BP will kill you sooner than later, be aggressive in dealing with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrb View Post
    Bearing down (like going poop) will lower BP, practice at your local grocery store or buy an automated BP cuff. Best long term answer is to get with your doctor and start exercising. High BP will kill you sooner than later, be aggressive in dealing with it.

    JB
    I do have a home cuff. The 'straining' one is new on me. Will have to try it.

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    Spend the time exercising instead of searching for a cheat!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phish Finder View Post
    Spend the time exercising instead of searching for a cheat!
    I have noticed the VIAGRA commercials all mention a drop in blood pressure Is that cheating?

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    Maybe but do you truly want to go se your doc with a stiffie?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toddler View Post
    Maybe but do you truly want to go se your doc with a stiffie?
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    Jim,
    Start regular 30min semi-aerobic exercise every day between now and 6/1. Walking is okay, but then make it an hour/day.
    Or Exercycle, similar for 30min. ANYTHING that gets the heart rate UP just a little on a daily basis. (yeah, I know the next joke).

    Take GOOD fishoil. (plenty)

    Suppliment with L-Arginine.*

    I KID you NOT...start Meditation exercises...to include running your tongue along your teeth/gumline/roof of your mouth. (you should want to YAWN when doing this right).
    Deep Breathing.

    Day of the test, have them take it as early in the morning as possible....and during (and just before in the exam room) the test close your eyes and REPEAT your meditation exercises in your mind. Include DEEP BREATHING.

    Start making these changes a permenant "lifestyle" change.
    Amazing what just 5000+ steps a day and Fishoil will do for your health.
    Get a pedometer and see.

    Oh yeah...cut out coffee/all sugar foods until 6/2.

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    My wife has high blood pressure. Hers gets higher and higher as her work day goes on... Like 190 over 120 on some days...
    She really hates her job...
    The regular local pill pushing Docs gave her stuff that made her act weird...
    The local nature doc started her on some herbal stuff that actually worked.
    It is supposed to be for memory, but it lowered her stress levels.. its called Neuro-PS. I take it now and it really boost your memory, which makes you less likey to stress-out...

    Like everyone else has said, cut out salt and caffeine (and that stinking high fructose corn syrup).
    Sleepy-time herbal tea a couple hours before your appointment will lower your stress and pulse way-down....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Float Pilot View Post
    My wife has high blood pressure. Hers gets higher and higher as her work day goes on... Like 190 over 120 on some days...
    She really hates her job...
    The regular local pill pushing Docs gave her stuff that made her act weird...
    The local nature doc started her on some herbal stuff that actually worked.
    It is supposed to be for memory, but it lowered her stress levels.. its called Neuro-PS. I take it now and it really boost your memory, which makes you less likey to stress-out...

    Like everyone else has said, cut out salt and caffeine (and that stinking high fructose corn syrup).
    Sleepy-time herbal tea a couple hours before your appointment will lower your stress and pulse way-down....
    Where do you get it[the neuro-PS]? What's sleepy time herbal tea? Is this something I would find in a heath food store? I run about 120-90 most days. I just need to get the lower number down[ which I guess from a heath standpoint is good- would not the high number be the one to blow a gasket?]

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKDREAMER View Post
    Oh yes, one more thing, NO SALT for at least two days prior the appt. Water retention will raise your BP. I would also tell you to have a massage before you go for the appt and to not cross your legs while your BP is being taken...but then...I'm a girl! I would guess you wouldn't cross your legs anyway and as far as a massage...well...it lowers my BP but I can't say what it would do for yours
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    Quote Originally Posted by jim in anchorage View Post
    Where do you get it[the neuro-PS]? What's sleepy time herbal tea? Is this something I would find in a heath food store? I run about 120-90 most days. I just need to get the lower number down[ which I guess from a heath standpoint is good- would not the high number be the one to blow a gasket?]
    Jim, regular exercise of 30min/day for that lower number.
    And check out the L-Arginine.
    That Neuro PS probably has L-arginine in it...may be worth checking out.
    L-Carnitine also.
    But, just a 30min-1hr walk a day can help a lot!

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    If your not the kind of person who will start working out and dropping some weight here is what works for me. I had/have the same problem, so head to GNC and get the suppliment L-Arginine. I take two 500mg caps in the morning and two before bed along with a asprin. that alone made a difference. No caffine or salt for a few days prior, then during the exam, when they are getting ready to take your BP slid down into the chair a bit (bad posture) make sure your arm is at heart level (not down at your side). Try this at home and you will see what Im talking about. I have mine in June also. Good luck

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    visit the bloodmobile the day before. simple physics less fluid (blood) in the system the lower the Pressure

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    It seems that most folks assume that you have to be overweight to have high blood pressure. Not so.. My wife is very active, thin and has super low cholesterol, yet her blood pressure & pulse rate is through the roof most days... Probably from her type A personality (and lung damage from her Army days) . On the other hand, I am probably 20 pounds overweight (since spine surgery) and have high cholesterol, yet my BP is 115 over 58 most days and my pulse rate is in the high 50s. Go figure...
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