We gathered some relevant questions and answers from our experts. Happy 4th of July!
Drinking alcohol and high blood pressure
Are you suppose to drink when taking high blood pressure medicine even if is 2 beers a day?
Having high blood pressure does not mean you can’t drink alcohol. Unless you have some other medical problem, regular drinking of an alcoholic beverage should not be a problem as long as you do not drink too much. Too much alcohol can have a negative affect on your blood pressure. Keep in mind, some medicines will interact with alcohol. You should always ask your doctor or pharmacist about this interaction since you drink regularly.
Drinking red wine with high blood pressure
I drink 32oz. of dark red wine a night. My blood pressure is about 130/95 without meds. Is that okay?
I am more worried about your drinking habits than your pre-hypertension. Your blood pressure is in the range where you should start making lifestyle changes to get it into better control. You are drinking over an average sized bottle of wine a night. This is not healthy. I suggest you discuss this with your doctor.
Dangers of low salt level in the body
My blood pressure is under control with Lisinopril (10 mg), Resperate, and various herbs and teas. But I run a lot and salt is one of the electrolytes I lose in a big way through sweating. Is eliminating salt completely dangerous for long distance running, or does it matter that I sweat it out anyway? I am a female.
Both salt and water are lost through sweating. To maintain normal fluid balance in the body, both the salt and water losses need to be replaced. Just drinking water during a long run will further increase the risk of low salt levels in the body because the water will dilute the salt that is left in the body. Low salt levels, known as hyponatremia, can be very dangerous. Symptoms can progress from muscle cramping to seizures and death.
Recently there has been a lot of controversy over the recommended restrictions on salt intake. Not everyone with high blood pressure is salt sensitive.
Coffee and high blood pressure
Would you recommend that a coffee addict with moderate hypertension (140/105) switch to decaffeinated coffee or try to quit altogether? He is on amlodipine and moduretic. He loves his morning coffee (Nestle) and tea.
It really depends on how much caffeine you are consuming. Two cups a day, 200-300 mg of caffeine, is okay. If you get a headache when you don’t have your morning coffee, you are drinking too much.
RESPeRATE is the only non-drug therapy cleared by the FDA for the treatment of high blood pressure and the reduction of stress. It is the first medical device that has been clinically proven to lower blood pressure.