Lower blood pressure after a hot bath.

Q: I am a 69 year old male with high blood pressure kept to reasonable levels with 100mg Losartan and 25mg Bendroflumethiazide daily. Although Resperate is now available on the UK National Health Service, my NHS doctor will not prescribe as she thinks there is not enough research. My question is, my blood pressure can range from 120/70 to 150/80 throughout the day (I have a monitor) but, when I take a hot bath, my blood pressure is 110/70 or less. Why is this?

A: The heat from the bath causes your blood vessels to relax. This lowers your blood pressure. Tell your doctor that the Resperate has been cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the United States. The FDA has a reputation of being far stricter than equivalent agencies in Europe. The makers of Resperate are continually involved in research studies. Additional articles about the health benefits of the Resperate have been published since the device was cleared. Your doctor may want to go online and request the latest.

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