chatillion 70M
3157 posts
6/18/2014 4:04 pm
Blocking my BETAs...

High blood pressure (hypertension) is a silent killer... so they say. Sometimes, hypertension symptoms go undetected so you need to check your pressure often, especially if you are a man over 40. You could feel great and have hypertension. I know. Some days my pressure is very high and I have no idea until I check it.

BETA blockers are a type of hypertension medicine. Oh... you have hypertension? There are many factors that can cause high blood pressure. Heredity, lifestyle, diet, exercise, weight all have an effect on a persons blood pressure.

From experience, doctors will tell you the contributing factors, then prescribe medicine to lower blood pressure. Sometimes... more than one medicine is required.

There are a whole range of hypertension medicines available and... they don't all work the same. I know of 2 different families of hypertension medicines. BETA blockers and Calcium Channel Blockers. Sometimes lower doses of two different families is better than a large dose of one.

Supplemental medicines are often required to help with hypertension medicines. For example, some can regulate heart rate allowing the heart to slow down, some increase urination and that helps rid the body of sodium... Water retainage is also a factor in blood pressure.

On the weekends, especially If I'm working in the yard, I'll cut back on blood pressure medicine as the high exercise, reduced stress lowers my pressure without medicine. That said... if I were a fitness instructor, I'd probably do away with hypertension medicine entirely.

Something to consider.

beyondfantasy3 111M
4737 posts
6/19/2014 5:33 pm

For men you need to began to concern yourself with your PSA at the age of 50, but in all reality it would be wise that after 45 that should become a focus. If your PSA starts to rise, you need to take strong considerations to act. Most men rarely discuss their PSA, many doctors don't even say anything about it.

chatillion 70M
1537 posts
6/19/2014 8:11 pm

PSA is standard for the bloodwork I have done 2 or 3 times a year.