I am 45 year old, afro Caribbean female. My GP has just prescribed me this week Amlodipine 5mg, he said to be taken for the rest of my life. He had been monitoring my blood pressure and it has been high over a period of 2 months. Do I really need to be on these tablets all my life? What would happen if I took myself off them in say 3 months or when my blood pressure gets lower?
Alot depends on genetics and diet/exercise. Me for example, very atheletic in my 30's, but suddenly began having high blood pressure at 33. Runs on my dad's side, all 5 of his brothers and himself have had extremely high blood pressure as well as his twin having 3 heart attacks. SO, no matter what I did as far as food and exercise, it stayed high. Now at 52, I had a massive heart attach and 3 stents last year. I still have to take a lower dose of my corgard I have been on for 19 years. SO, bottom line is if High Blood pressure runs in your family, most likely YES, but if not, diet and exercise and such can change that. Good luck and PLEASE keep a close eye on your BP.
If you take yourself off blood pressure pills you better learn the symptoms of a stroke. Your bp may get to normal while you're on them, that's because you are on them. Stop them and you're right back where you were. High blood pressure also damages your kidneys and liver, besides your heart. It causes strokes. My advice is learn to take a pill every day. If you are overweight and lose weight, and cut out salt in your diet, you might be able to lower your bp, but if your family has high blood pressure you're going to too.
Blood pressure usually doesn't get lower without medication without some major life changes. And even then, if you are predisposed to it, there is nothing you can do but take your meds. One pill a day is a small price to pay for your life. I am on nine different meds for my blood pressure, due to a massive aortic dissection caused by my HBP. I almost died. Was in intensive care for 10 days, touch and go. I survived, and I'll do anything I need to to keep it down.
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