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Food vs. Marine D3 & Other Supplements

Q:  What is the Doctor’s opinion on taking Marine D3 supplements or supplements in general to lower HBP?

A:  If you eat a balanced healthy diet, you should not need to take a supplement.  More and more studies are showing that ingredients in foods are not...

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What You Must NOT When Weaning Off HBP Medication

 

Q:  What is important to know when considering to wean off of high blood pressure medication?

A:  You should not try to stop your blood pressure medicine without first talking to your doctor. Stopping some medications can cause blood pressure to shoot up to dangerously high...

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Relationship Between HBP & Heart Disease

Q:  What is recommended if a person is showing stiff coronary arteries and increased vascular resistance?

 

A:  When something gets bigger it expands in size. When a blood vessel gets bigger this is known as vasodilatation.  When something gets smaller it shrinks in size. When a...

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How Can Fibromyalgia Medication Affect BP?

Q: If a Patient has Fibromyalgia, can it cause erratic BP readings on a daily basis and corresponding symptoms?

A: Blood pressure is not constant. The level varies depending upon ones activity level. Blood pressure that is 140/90 or greater should be treated. Blood pressure that...

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How Reliable Are Renin Blood Tests?

Q: Is taking a renin blood test to determine the most effective BP medications reliable?

A: Individualizing treatment for all medical conditions is the latest trend in medicine.  Blood levels of renin, a substance produced by the kidneys, may help predict who will respond best to...

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Is the Resting Heart Rate a Sign of Heart Disease?

Q: Is the resting heart rate in women a determining factor in heart disease.  Aside from exercise and good diet, what other methods help to lower the resting heart rate?

A: A high resting heart rate is a risk factor for heart disease in both sexes....

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General Side Effects of BP Meds & Interactions?

Q:  What are the general side effects one can expect when taking hypertension medication and when mixing with other medications?  For example, cholesterol medications.

A:  Every drug has side effects.  This is why I like the Resperate.  It has been clinically proven to lower blood pressure...

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Is Surgery an Option to Lowering Blood Pressure?

Q:  Is surgery an option to manage or cure hypertension and do you recommend it?

A:  In a small percentage of cases surgery is used to treat, what is known as, secondary high blood pressure (hypertension).  Only a small percentage of people with high blood pressure...

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How to Achieve an Accurate Blood Pressure Reading?

Q:  How do you achieve the most accurate Blood Pressure readings in general and when using Resperate?

A:  In general, to get the most accurate blood pressure readings, take your blood pressure at that same time each day that you choose to measure your blood pressure....

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How to Achieve Positive Results with Resperate?

Q:  It’s been 2 weeks and I have not seen any results with my Resperate and I find it difficult to follow the breathing exercises.  What should I do?

A:  Resperate takes at least 3-6 weeks of consistent usage before a user sees a drop in...

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