High Blood Pressure: Answers at Your Fingertips Paperback – Jan 1 2004
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"It is very readable, I think pitched at just the right level." - Professor Godfrey Fowler, Emeritus Professor, University of Oxford (about the second edition); "..an excellent book...with a comprehensive question and answer format which will solve any query." - Dr Donald McKendrick, Saga Magazine; "This well written book is capable of informing health professionals... The question and answer format of the book gives comprehensive coverage." - Adrienne Willcox, Practice Nurse Magazine
About the Author
Professor Tom Fahey MSc, MD, MFPHM, MRCGP is a General Practitioner at Taybank Medical Practice in Dundee, and Professor of Primary Care Medicine at the University of Dundee. Professor Deirdre Murphy MD, MRCOG is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Dundee, Scotland. She is a member of the Advisory board of APEC (Action on Pre-eclampsia). Julian Tudor Hart MB, Bchir, DCH, FRCP, FRCGP has over 30 years experience as a General Practitioner and expert on high blood pressure. He is Honorary Research Fellow at the Welsh Institute for Health and Social Care, University of Glamorgan.
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Of course the method of treatment ; drug or non-drug or a combination of the two varies from person to person and the choice of the method should be decided together with your doctor. We can not decide to choose a method by ourselves just by reading books. However, we should be smart patients by being aware that there are non - drug alternatives and that some doctors are too biased towards drug treatments even in cases where lifestyle changes maybe sufficient. The smart patient has knowledge about the alternative forms of treatment and does not leave the decision about the method of treatment entirely to his / her doctor. He / she also does not decide him / herself without any doctor involvement.
I understand that lifestyle change is no easy task ; it involves undoing years of bad habits and replacing them with good ones. But given the undesirable side effects of most blood pressure lowering drugs don't you think it is worth trying the lifestyle change to see if it works for you before jumping into drug treatment ? I was able to do it with excellent results. Since I am no superman, if I can do it anybody can, provided that they put their heart in it. In fact, there are many books which describe which and how to do the lifestyle changes and your doctor can also help you make these changes unless he / she is biased towards drug treatment. Moreover there are many other health benefits to adopting exercise and proper nutrition besides lowering high blood pressure.
When my father was diagnosed with hypertension he refused to change his lifestyle ( exercise, proper diet, quit smoking etc. ) and has been taking medication for 40 years instead. This brought his hypertension under control. By contrast, when I inherited high blood pressure from him at the age of fifty my doctor said he could give me medication if I wanted, or I could try lifestyle changes instead first. If that didn't work we would implement the drug treatment option.I decided to give the life style changes a chance ; I started daily aerobic and breathing exercises, reduced caffeine and alcohol intake, quit smoking, increased my fresh fruit and vegetable, white meat and water consumption, reduced eating red meat started taking daily 2000 mg of Omega 3 fatty acid pills, stopped eating junk food, reduced my unhealthy saturated fat and salt intake. These are permanent changes I made for life. As a result in five months I lost significant amount of weight, my blood pressure went down from 140 / 100 to 120 / 80 in several months and has been so for many years without taking any drugs. My LDL ( bad ) cholesterol and tryglicryde levels came significantly down to healthy levels and my HDL ( good ) cholesterol level rose to a very good level, all without drugs. However, I could not yet reduce my stress level so my blood pressure still rises sometimes.
In conclusion if you are suffering from hypertension I recommend that you read this book but do not let it be your only source of information about this subject.