What can be done for Chronic Hypertension?

Published: April 29, 2013
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I am a 56 year old woman with no major health problems, I was diagnosed with Hep C in 1994 and I believe I got it from a blood tranfusion in 1991. I am symptom free and have normal numbers with my annual liver panels. About 1998 I became hypertensive, averages of 180/110 were standard, I have been on various medications, now I take 40mg Lisinipril twice a day, ..01 mg of clonadine twice a day, 10 mg Bystolic once a day, 20 mg Lazik once a day I take 20 mg Prozac for pms, I take 1000mg Garlic twice a day, 10,000 of vitamin D, Black cohosh and Evening primrose oil for hot flashes. My average BP is still around 150/100 and I don't have any symptoms from it, never did. My husbands heart doctor told me that for people like me who don't respond to medications, that there is a surgery where they destroy some nerve in the kidneys that regulates BP and it seems to help....do you know the surgery I am talking about and is it safe and does it have good results? What are the adverse effects of it? Also I am about 25 pounds overweight. What else can be done?

Answer

Before I look at extreme measures like that in my patients, I add : 1- potassium 20 meq/day (8 oz V8 or tomato juice a day or 8 oz coconut water, plus a banana or 1/2 avocado a day) 2- CoEnzyme Q10 at 400 mg a day 3- Magnesium 200-400 mg a day 4- I test to rule out sleep apnea 5- I have readings done at a place that feels safe (eg- the machines at your local pharmacy) to make sure it is not just anxiety at the doctor's office (called "white coat hypertension)". 6- Consider food allergies.

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Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

is one of the world's leading integrative medical authorities on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. He is the lead author of four research studies on their treatments, and has published numerous health & wellness books, including the bestseller on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome From Fatigued to Fantastic! and his newer The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution.  Dr. Teitelbaum is one of the most frequently quoted fibromyalgia experts in the world and appears often as a guest on news and talk shows nationwide including Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah & Friends, CNN, and Fox News Health. 

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