Teaching and High Blood Pressure

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  1. h2omane

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    Hi all,

    I just was curious as to what teachers in stressful jobs do to lower their blood pressure. I'm 26 and 132/67 with a heart rate of 53 bpm.

    Technically I am at risk as the "normal" is 120/80.

    If you have higher blood pressure, what do you do to ward it off without medication? As I've heard that once you go on medication you cant stop. This information is for my dad, older sister, and mother as well, who all work in stressful related jobs. (military engineering, secretary, and retired secretary)

    Thanks for all advice, and responses.

    Mr. Skinner :D
     
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  3. h2omane

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    Maybe some of people's ideas could be used to calm a ADD/ADHD child or children in your class. OR now that I think about it, the entire class could do things to relax, right before a test, or public speaking presentation.

    Anyone have any tips they'd like to share?
     
  4. czacza

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    Lose weight
    exercise- yoga -even just the yoga breathing can be relaxing
    Eat healthy

    Take time for youself
     
  5. loves2teach

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    I am having similar problems... find that I grit my teeth a lot/hold anger in during the day, and that makes my heart race. My dentist is claiming this is why my jaw continues to pop/ache. I will keep an eye on this post.
     
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    Sorry-- I'm no help at all. My BP tends to run low.
     
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    I take medication for it.
     
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    I also take medication for Bp. I started about 10 years ago. It is not because of teaching though. I had moderatley high bp even in my late teens. I also exercise and do all the other stuff to keep it unders control.
     
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    I've had low BP most of my life.

    Last year, it went through the roof. I'm now medicated :(

    However - through an intense effort to watch what I eat & lose a few pounds, my BP is dropping. I may be able to go off my meds soon!
     
  10. h2omane

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    is it because you teach middle school Muinteoir?
     
  11. MisterG

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    YOu can always get off your meds for BP if it goes down. True, the meds make them go down, but if you do various things...you can get off the meds over time.

    I for one am overweight and I have ventricular hypertrophy, meaning my heart is thicker than it should be. This is because my heart is working overtime and getting tougher because Im a fat dude. Im supposed to be on meds and i was for a while, but when I worked as a para last yaer, I couldnt afford med insurance and this year, I just havent gone in because I think Ill nee dto be referred to a cardiologist and all that junk all over again and I really dont want to do that. I just want my drugs!
     
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    Aren't you worried you are gonna have a heart attack or something?
     
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    Yeah pretty much, or a stroke or anything else that could kill ya. My dad said that in our family, either our hearts explode, or our brains explode.
     
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    My doctor gives me samples so I don't have to buy them.
     
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    I've been taking medication since I was about 25 years old. High blood pressure runs in my family on both sides, so I was always watched pretty closely anyway. Watching what you eat, getting regular exercise, and maintaining a good weight are important, too. I gained a lot of weight--70 pounds--when taking medication for a major illness a few years ago, and my blood pressure went up right long with it. As I lost the weight, it went back down.

    And once you're on medication, it doesn't mean you'll be on it forever. I was on it from age 25-31, and then I was off of it completely for 6 months when I was sick. When they put me on medication again, it was a different kind and low dose.
     
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    I recently had to cut back on my dosage because my BP was getting too low.
     
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    Thanks for all the info.

    Mr. Skinner :D
     
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    I have strangely low blood pressure, but I don't get riled up easily, either.. I eat oatmeal regularly (Quaker Oats), I walk alot in school, and I relax (long baths).. other teachers I know exercise in the gym..

    At some point, I will have to do more. My family has high blood pressure, and at some point I think I will end up that way, but for now, I am ok.

    It is strange though, because I have about 150 students, 5 kids of my own, plus I volunteer and charities, building my own house... I am pretty busy.
     

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