Taking medication for hardening arteries.

Q: I have lost over 30 pounds after making drastic improvements in my diet and have taken up distance running. My BP has dropped significantly to the 130/85 range. My MD says than a past EGK indicated some hardening of the arteries and wants to prescribe medication. I am opposed to taking any type of medication, but don’t want to risk my health. Am I doomed to medication for the rest of my life???

A: You did not say what type of medicine your doctor is recommending.  Since your doctor has mentioned hardening of the arteries, I suspect your doctor is worried about your cholesterol level.  Although a healthy diet and exercise help, your current blood fat level may still be too high.  You need discuss what needs treatment and alternatives with your doctor.

Further Reading:
Heart and Artery Damage and High Blood Pressure – Heart.org

How to Treat Hardening of the Arteries – eHow.com

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