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Old 09-21-11, 12:15 PM   #1
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What has Cycling Done for Your Blood Pressure?

Not that I ever had high blood pressure, but I noticed that my BP is now consistently at 115/55, down from 120/80. At 54, I'm feelin' pretty good about that! My "at rest" pulse is hovering around 52 or so.

That got me to thinking about others who may have had elevated BP. Any interesting stories of reductions that might inspire others?
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Old 09-21-11, 01:01 PM   #2
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Mine went down from prehypertension state of around 145/95 to 120/74.
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Old 09-21-11, 01:04 PM   #3
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Not much for me. I've always had low BP so cycling hasn't really done anything to lower it anymore. Now, as for my weight...
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I've been on a hypertension med for a few years, so the difference has been minimal for me - a slight lowering of my average readings (taken on rising) from about 120/70 to about 110/60. I know that for some time after a hard ride my BP has occasionally been way low, to the point of light-headedness and some tunnel vision. Last time it happened I measured it and it was about 80/40.

Resting heart rate, on the other hand, has seen dramatic improvements from mid-60s to low-50s.
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156/108 lowered to 112/72 in less than a year. Resting pulse has always been in the mid 60s.
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I've had elevated BP since high school

With bicyclling, swimming, etc, and some meds, I now keep it at 120-125/75-85

The great news today from my annual physical yesterday is my Cholesterol is at 177, down about 20 points from last year. I am on no cholesterol meds (and have never been).
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145/90 to 115/65.
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Which meds have the fewest side effects?
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I cured my hypertension in 1964 with jogging after refusing to take medication. That med turned out to be carcinogenic. I stay about 75/110-120 at age 72.

A friend started very intense high heart rate cycling a bout 4 years ago. That's just the way he does things. In about a month he was starting to get dizzy spells. They had to take him off his hypertension meds as his blood pressure was too low. He's still off today. He's in his early 60's now.

My son developed hypertension a year ago. He started jogging. Went away in about two months. He's since added cycling.

The indications in the literature is that high intensity activity has better results for cardio issues then long duration and lower heart rates.

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Which meds have the fewest side effects?
I can't say, except that I've discerned no noticeable side effects from the Diovan I take. It's the second one the doctor tried - the first (the name of which I can no longer recall) caused a really irritating tickle in my throat, making me cough constantly.

BTW, if any members of the health insurance industry are reading this thread, my posts in it are entirely fictional.
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I can't say, except that I've discerned no noticeable side effects from the Diovan I take. It's the second one the doctor tried - the first (the name of which I can no longer recall) caused a really irritating tickle in my throat, making me cough constantly.

BTW, if any members of the health insurance industry are reading this thread, my posts in it are entirely fictional.
+1 on the Diovan

The coughing was likely caused by an ACE Inhibitor.
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Old 09-21-11, 06:42 PM   #12
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Cycling has taken me off the Lisinopril (also an ACE Inhibitor). Other than my CML medication, I only take B12 and Potassium supplements.
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+1 on the Diovan

The coughing was likely caused by an ACE Inhibitor.
Diovan goes generic next year.
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Old 09-21-11, 07:05 PM   #14
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Still have HBP, even with 4k+ miles per year. I just had a stress test because I've been having tachycardia (fast heartbeat) during long rides this summer. The report said I have "excellent aerobic capacity" but also exercise-induced HBP. So now I take more lisinorpil than before. I'm hoping losing about 20 pounds will fix it. I think I get too stressed at work.
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I went from 145+/90+ to 120/80 and take no meds. I was on 2 bp meds, metoprolol and norvasc. Also the dreaded Lipitor, and Lexapro for anxiety. Now under Dr.s recommendations, I dont take anything but vitamins and Niacin. I droped 25+ #'s and over 4 inches in my waist. When I started having the lightheadedness when I stood up and told Dr. he started removing my meds. That was a year ago and just had my annual and all is good. Even as a kid in high school, my regular football physical bp readings were 140/80 and I weighed 140 #'s and ate everything I could get my hands on to try to gain weight. Biking is good for ya!
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I was on meds for years. Took 2 bp meds, metoprolol and norvasc, dredded lipitor, lexapro for anxiety. Now under drs orders, I'm off all prescription drugs and bp is 120/80 and cholestrol is 125. I've lost 27 #'s since Jan and 4+inches from my waist. Even as a kid in high school, my annual football physical bp was 140+. I was always told, that once on bp meds and lipitor you were on them for ever. When I started having lightheadedness upon standing, and bp was low, dr took me off all my meds. That was over a year ago and just had my annual checkup and all is good.
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I'm riding around with a stent in my heart, and I think I'm going to need another soon. I try not to take my morning blood pressure meds (lisinopril and metotroplil) before riding my bike, as they seem to inhibit the much-needed heart rate and circulation I need with the exercise.

I think my problem has been coronary artery plaque buildup. I'm trying to understand how exercise and meds can help me stay alive in this situation. But I'll keep cranking along, because I think it's the thing to do. Until I fall over dead...
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Today my BP was down to 70/45 and possibly lower--yes I have to lay down not to pass out and yes it was very hot (95) and yes I drink plenty of water?

That has been going on for several years--I do have hormones problems due to a dysfunctional pituitary gland--it is very annoying! Normally it is around 115/70

When the weather is cooler it is not a problem!

Nonetheless it was a good ride with the usual steep hills and I needed it!
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My BP has been borderline ever since I can remember. Even with the current guidelines, it's not *quite* worth medicating. Cycling has done absolutely nothing for it. But doc just shakes his head when he checks my pulse and it's in the 50s.
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I've never had much of a BP problem. When I was at my heaviest and laziest it ran in the 130/80 range. It does get a little lower when I am riding regularly. I'm riding about as much as I ever have lately and it has been around 115/65 the last few times I checked it.
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I was on Cozzar for years. No amount of exercise would reduce the blood pressure. Lost 50 pounds due to a bout with cancer and the blood pressure is normal. I'm on the low end of normal weight at 140 lbs and 5'9" tall.

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It hasn't changed it. On the other hand it hasn't gotten worst either.
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The men on my father's family died from strokes at 72 and 73. My father's blood pressure was around 145/90 when he was 60, he started blood medication and continued it because it made him feel better.
He died from a stroke at 90.
Have the same problem at 64. After three months of antihistamines and little exercize I started hibiscus tea before bed and an aspirin in the morning.
Now with riding I am starting to feel better, blood pressure is starting to improve. Will drop the tea when my blood pressure is down again.
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Hard to tell- overall bp droped from 140/90 to 125/85 but it took 3 yrs... and I ride ultras (very long bike rides) and a symptom of overtraining (or just endurance riding) is persistant elevation of bp.... just can't seem to win...
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