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 heart attack or am i thinking wrong?
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have low BP low 200s over low 40s (200/40) the top is too high and the bottom is too low. is there anything i can do to level the numbers out to more normal. Any help is very much appreciated. any food or drink to help? any medicine? heart pacer is pointless, too weak heart doc said. please need any help.
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have already had stroke, have diabetes, death is very possible, but need help for the most time

Most of us eat too much salt. But adding salt at the dinner table is only a small part of the problem - 75% of the salt we eat is already in food when we buy it.

Too much salt can cause raised blood pressure, which one-third of people already suffer from.

It’s called the silent killer as it often has no symptoms, but if you have high blood pressure you are three times more likely to develop heart disease or have a stroke, and twice as likely to die from these diseases. If left untreated, high blood pressure can also lead to kidney failure and eye damage.

The recommended amount of salt per adult, per day is 6 grams: around a teaspoon full.

Of course, one easy way to eat less salt is to stop adding extra salt to your food during cooking, and at the dinner table. If you regularly add salt to food, try cutting it out: you’ll re-discover the real tastes of your favourite foods.

For tips on how to cut back on your salt intake, read the salt page at the Food Standards Agency's Eatwell site (see Useful links).

Look at labels

But cutting back on added salt is only a small part of the solution. To really cut down, you need to become aware of the salt that is already in the food you buy.

Fortunately, food labels now make this a lot easier.

Nutritional information labels are usually on the back of the food packaging. Look at the figure for salt per 100g.

High is more than 1.5g salt per 100g (or 0.6g sodium)
Low is 0.3g salt or less per 100g (or 0.1g sodium)
If the amount of salt per 100g is in between these figures, then that is a medium level of salt.

As a rule, aim for foods that are low or medium salt content. Leave high salt foods for the occasional treat.

On the front of some food packets now you’ll find the traffic light labelling system. This will tell you at glance if a food is high in fat, salt and sugar. Red means high so leave red salt foods for the occasional treat, and aim to eat mainly foods that are amber or green.

For a handy guide to spotting salt when you’re shopping, you can download the, 'How to look for salt when you’re shopping' booklet (see Useful links).

Salt and sodium
Salt is also called sodium choloride, and it’s actually the sodium in salt that’s bad for your health.

Sometimes, food labels may list salt as sodium. But there is a simple way to work out how much salt you are eating from the sodium figure:

Salt = sodium x 2.5

eat the right food and have a regular slight exercise for your body.

Lacey G's Stalker :))
Hello... There's alot of uninformed answers to this post...

200s is definately too high... youre at risk of stroke... When BP's go this high, its never a good thing... you could stroke out.

If youre not already on them, You need to be on Antihypertensive medication... thats drugs for high blood pressure.

No there is no food/drink to correct this type of blood pressure. No matter what these bafoons on here tell you... cutting out table salt isnt gonna mean jack squat right now... First you need to be on meds to get the BP lowered... then you can worry about your diet to help improve the BP. Right now your priority is preventing another stroke!!! GET TO THE DOCTOR.

The type of medication you go on depends on other factors in your health... SEE A DOCTOR!

hockey mom
Have they thought about giving you meds to get your bp where it is supposed to be? I have been on meds for years and it has worked well for me

You need to be on medication and on medication now.

Call your doctor ASAP and get in to be started on meds.

Normal BP is 120/80. Anyone whose systolic BP is that high (over 200) is at risk for a stroke or a heart attack.

Go to the doctor today.

PS - you have given no indication on why you would need a pacemaker -- do you have irregular heart beat? medication can stablize the heart beat and lesson the workload of the heart.

PPS -- diet and salt intake will not help - you will need to change both of these injunction with medication but they will not fix your bp on its own. Borderline hypertension can be affected but you are in stage II hypertension.

Heart Attack Jack
Go to the South American Rain Forrest and spend a life time looking for a miracle plant or go to your doctor and get some medicine now while your looking for the plant.
You called for Doctors and Nurses. Try your local Hospital or Doctor's Office Complex, you'll find them and your answer there.

Your doctor is wrong, and a demand-pacemaker would improve you enormously, but you can't argue with donkeys, -sadly.

Forget about "leveling the numbers out" - it's nonsense. The numbers (a) aren't real and (b) simply reflect the brain's best efforts to give your body the best chance of survival. It's true your heart and cardiovascular system aren't in very good shape but this doesn't preclude your living for ages and ages yet. Keep active, walk gently and constantly, and don't worry, - it doesn't help.

If you're on beta-blockers ( any medication whose name ends in "- - - LOL" they will certainly hasten the day when your heart fails. Wean yourself off them gradually - (NOT SUDDENLY !) beginning today, taking smaller doses and less frequently, until you're off them completely - say in a fortnight or so. You'll begin to feel better immediately, for a start and be taking a positive step towards surviving.

Most other drugs won't do you much harm; they won't do you much good either, -except your diabetic ones. Keep taking those as your doctor advises.

Good luck

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