Possible Increase in blood pressure after losing weight.

Q: I am 6’7″ and when I weighed 285 my BP was 165/90. On the advice of my
Dr. I have lost 30 lbs. My BP is now 170/110. I am on Diovan 160 once per
day. Bumping to a 320 per day has not changed my BP. Adding Lisinopril 10MG
has not changed my BP. Is it common to lose 30lbs and have your BP
increase? Not making much sense to me or my doctor. My diet is good – low
sodium, few carbs (and those are whole wheat carbs). I exercise 3x per week
doing cardio and lift weights 3x per week. Where else should I be looking to
lower my BP? Thanks

A: Even with a 30 pound weight loss you are still overweight. I doubt your increase in blood pressure is related to your weight loss. You are doing the right thing eating properly and exercising. Overtime, this will help keep your blood pressure in control. In the meantime, make sure your doctor has fully evaluated the cause of your high blood pressure. Sometimes another medical problem can cause high blood pressure. Until that problem is treated, blood pressure can be difficult to control. Some examples of medical problems that can cause high blood pressure are kidney disease, thyroid disease and sleep apnea. To learn more about diseases that can cause high blood pressure go to this page on the Mayo Clinic site.

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