bogbrush Posted February 23, 2007 Share Posted February 23, 2007 Hi It seems from other posts on this site that many of us suffer from hypertension either as a pre-existing condition or following SAH. How many of you have high blood pressure? When was it diagnosed? What medication are you on to control it? Has medication and/or lifestyle changes lowered your blood pressure? Maybe you have some lifestyle tips that worked for you. My own hypertension was diagnosed in 2004 after having a medical examination for work. After measurements over a period of 3 months and some lifestyle changes (since lapsed!) my blood pressure decreased to an acceptable level (less than 140/90) but since I never followed it through, it went back up again. Apart from other factors causing brain aneurysms and SAH, it stands to reason that putting more pressure on an already weakened artery (aneurysm) will increase the risk of it rupturing and causing SAH. I'm convinced that this was the primary cause of my SAH, although it probably meant it happened sooner rather than later. During the early months of my recovery from SAH, my blood pressure was very high - regularly more than 175/110 and once peaking at 210/116 Both my neurosurgeon and my GP told me that whilst the brain is recovering, it calls for more blood flow and hence higher pressure, so my GP decided not to treat it until the neurosurgeon gave the all clear. They were both singing from the same hymn sheet for a change! Since then, apart from the modifiable factors such as loosing weight and getting more excercise, My GP prescribed Ramipril, an ACE inhibitor (see link below for info on medication for high blood pressure). After one month, my blood pressure only reduced by a small amount, so I now take a diuretic called Bendrofluazide (also known as bendroflumethiazide) as well and my blood pressure is lower still, although it's still a bit high. Hypertension is known as the silent killer as it rarely has any symptoms. During the first 4 or 5 months of my recovery, I always new my blood pressure would be high when I felt pressure in my head, but that could be the head pressure raising the blood pressure rather than the other way around. Here's some useful links about blood pressure and medication: High Blood Pressure Medication for High Blood Pressure Ramipril bendroflumethiazide Here's to a healthy lifestyle (occasional lapses are allowed!) Keith Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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