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 What does it mean if someone has high blood HDL Cholesterol and low LDL Cholesterol levels?
Here are the exact lipogram (or whatever they call it) results:

S. Cholesterol: 146 mg/dL (Normal level: up to 200 mg/dL)

S. Triglycerides: 99.7 mg/dL (Normal level: 60 to 165 ...

my blood pressure is 166/98, is that to high?

Additional Details
I am 58 years old,my weight is 98 lbs, 5'4. (I have always been skinny.) I am a smoker.(less than a pack a day) I

Not if you're going for the world's record.

Okay, seriously, you need to lower it.

First of all, you should stop smoking. You've probably heard this a thousand times already, so I won't dwell on it other to say that it's not as important to high blood pressure as you've probably been led to believe. It does, however, contribute to the problem, and for this reason, you should quit.

Now let's discuss what causes high blood pressure:

Every cell in the body needs important nutrients that are delivered by water and salt. One of salt's functions is to remove the toxins from the cells. If the cells don't receive these nutrients, they malfunction, resulting in health problems.

When you don't drink enough water, the body rations the water, making it available to those major organs that absolutely couldn't survive without water, such as the brain, liver, kidneys, etc. This creates an even further water shortage to the cells, so the next thing is for the body to go in search for other water sources. Because the blood contains 94% water and salt, this is one of the more common sources of water the body uses to inject into the cells.

Borrowing the water from the blood causes the arteries to constrict because of the loss of fluid. In addition, the blood thickens - much like a sauce thickens on the stove top as the water evaporates. This requires the heart to have to exert more pressure to pump the thickened blood through the tightened cardiovascular system - resulting in the high blood pressure readings.

As the blood thickens, the salt that was mixed with the water gets concentrated. It's this concentrated salt that doctors are calling "excess salt" and telling people to quit eating salt. Now you have a water deficiency AND a salt deficiency - it's no wonder that the next step is medications. I mean, you need SOMETHING to keep the blood pressure stable - even if it is artificially.

You can fix the problem yourself by clicking on the link below and following the protocol. There are some suggested supplements - it would be a smart move to make the investment. Correcting the problem involves a little bit of a lifestyle change, but keep in mind that you can't keep doing the same things and expect different results.

If you are on medications, do NOT stop taking them unless a doctor directs you to do otherwise.

Yes. Rogue has good advice which I will elaborate on. You need to maintain a normal weight, avoid salty foods, drink lots of water, exercise daily and eat a healthy diet and no smoking. If all else fails to bring these numbers down, then you need to work with your family physician to find a blood pressure medication which will lower these numbers.

That would have to depend on the time of day you took your blood pressure.

The Value you have given at first glance is very high and is abnormal and should be checked out immediately as it is way above the normal value (120/80).

However, if you took your blood pressure under the following conditions then it would be completely normal to see those values:

1) at around 8 am in the morning
2) after exercise
3) after extreme emotional stress
4) when nervous or anxious
5) right after eating
6) after the consumption of caffeine
7) after smoking

if any of the above conditions apply then your value is very normal.
proper way to take blood pressure would be to sit for 15 minutes calmly before measuring

that is on the high side.
cut your salt intake, and watch your weight.

john e russo md facm faafp
No decision should be based upon a single reading. A reading must be accurate and reproducible. If this is an accurate reading then it is 'too high' and then the question should be asked as to what too high means. Blood pressure varies during the course of the day. The difference from the lowest to the highest reading may vary by as much as 50/25 mm Hg. The highest readings of any given day are most often found in the physician's office. This has led to an effort to define the best time and place to take a blood pressure reading. Blood pressure is most consistent and varies the least when it is taken immediately upon awakening. A 1st thing in the morning blood pressure should be 115/075 mm Hg. For every 20/10 mm Hg above this there is a doubling of cardiovascular risk. Thus a 1st thing in the morning blood pressure of 135/085 mm Hg implies twice the risk of a 1st thing in the morning blood pressure of 115/075 mm Hg. I must emphasize however that if you are going to take your blood pressure at home that your unit must be tested for accuracy by your physician. I know of only one study which evaluated over-the-counter blood pressure units for accuracy and reproducibility. They recommended Omron and ReliOn. Consumer Reports rated the ReliOn a 'Best Buy' as it was less expensive. If I may be of further assistance please let me know. I wish you the very best of health and in all things may God bless.

A normal blood pressure is less than 120/80 and a blood pressure greater than 140/90 is considered to be in the high blood range. Therefore this blood pressure is elevated. If your blood pressure is elevated in this range on several occasions, then it is by definition hypertension. If it is persistently elevated then you will likely need a blood pressure lowering medication.

There are actually many things you can do to help lower your blood pressure besides medication. Dietary changes can help improve your blood pressure. This includes decreasing your salt intake to less than 2 grams daily, eating plenty of fruits and vegetables. The diet associated with the greatest reduction in blood pressure is the DASH diet, which includes a lot of fruits and vegetables. I will leave a link about it if you are interested. Regular aerobic exercise will also lower your blood pressure. This can be any aerobic exercise you would like, such as walking, running, swimming, biking, etc. You should do this for at least 1 hour 5 times weekly, but you can start lower than this if you are out of shape. If you are overweight then even a small amount of weight loss will improve your blood pressure. Also if you drink in excess you should reduce this to less than 2 drinks daily if you are male or 1 drink daily if you are female. Excessive alcohol intake is associated with elevated blood pressure. Good luck.


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