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Randall H's Comment
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Hey a table spoon of Apple cider vinegar a day helps keep b/p down .team that with oderless garlic tabs and watch your sodium intake really really helps .

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Now that's good info! Thanks!

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And info that could easily kill you. Your blood pressure is high for a reason and using the above suggest will only hide the symptoms but not take care of the underlying issue that is causing the high BP in the first place.

I understand that and agree. Mine is borderline and I am working on it already. Losing some weight, more exercise, eating habits....

But a little temporary help is ok.

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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But a little temporary help is ok.

As long as its not being used as a bandaid to cover anything up.

Fatsquatch 's Comment
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Hey a table spoon of Apple cider vinegar a day helps keep b/p down .team that with oderless garlic tabs and watch your sodium intake really really helps .

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Now that's good info! Thanks!

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And info that could easily kill you. Your blood pressure is high for a reason and using the above suggest will only hide the symptoms but not take care of the underlying issue that is causing the high BP in the first place.

Agreed. Very strenuously. You should never never NEVER take any kind of dietary supplement without checking with your doctor first to make sure it won't interact with your medication. Hell, I asked my doctor first before using 5 Hour Energy because of the massive amounts of B vitamins and such, and I wanted to verify that the taurine and ginseng wouldn't aggravate my BP. (For the record, he said he sees no problem with them, as long as I don't take them all the time and keep an eye out for any abnormal effects, which I haven't seen yet.)

Randall H's Comment
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I do not use meds. I have a BP measuring device and sometimes it elevates, but not so high. So I am just looking at natural ways to get and keep it down. I'm not big on putting supplements or meds in me. But taking some vinegar and garlic aren't going to hurt me anymore than if I ate them in a recipe.

RedGator's Comment
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Garlic supplements are not advised unless under the care of a doctor monitoring it. Google it. When I was recruited by Scneider they would only let me start of regional but that was NE not TX. Potassium ie bananas counter acts sodium ie part of what causes high blood pressure. But bottom line NONE of us are doctors. We are truckers. Consult your physician before you start any regimes.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

Randall H's Comment
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I've done some research on blood pressure so I can learn how to better control my mine. I do not run high, but I hover just under the limit of 140. For the sake of others learning.....

What we eat

Avoid too much salt Avoid Alcohol other than in minor amounts Caffeine can cause it to be elevated and especially should be avoided just before being tested as it can cause erroneously high readings DO take in Potassium and food is the best source, not supplements Tobacco use will increase your BP, immediately and long term because of the affects on the arteries

Other factors

Lose weight Get daily exercise...recommended at least 30 minutes per day Reduce stress

Getting the RIGHT results when tested....

It is one thing to have good BP but we must also have it read correctly or we could suffer consequences that we should not. Tests have been done that prove that if you just sit down in a chair, or worse...on an examination table with your feet hanging....and immediately have your BP taken, the results can be significantly higher than if you sit in the chair for about 5 minutes before the reading is taken. Proper procedure also calls for the reading to be taken with the arm at the same height as your heart.

So it is good and OK to ask to be seated in a chair where your feet can be on the floor and you can sit upright, relaxed, and with your arm elevated, with a chance to sit and relax for a few minutes. It is also OK to tell the Dr that you are a bit nervous because of having the exam which too can elevate the results. While getting it done, as much as is within you, meditate on something peaceful, let your body go limp, and breathe gently and deeply, as if you were sleeping........and SMILE. That sounds silly, but it helps put the body in the proper place.

This also teaches us that we should be doing these kinds of things daily. Learn to take things in stride and realize that these things too shall pass. Smile and laugh, truly the best medicine for the body. Exercise and eat smart. Eliminate as much stress as possible.

Good health to you all. Blessings!

Steven N. (aka Wilson)'s Comment
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It depends on how high your BP is. If you fall in a certain ranges they will issue you a medical card but require you to renew it more often. •140-159/90-99 for 1 year certificate •160-179/100-109 for a 3 month temporary certificate at examiners discretion •Greater than 180/110 is disqualifying

Hmmmmm.... Now I am confused a little here. I went and got my DOT physical the other day ($55) and I passed on everything except my BP. My BP was 142. They issued me a 3-month card. Now I thought it was supposed to be a 1-year card. Am I missing something here?

I start school on the 12th. A 3-month card will allow me to get my permit and attend school. But by the end of school, I will only have a month to a month and a half left on my card. I don't think any firm will touch me till I get a better medical card. I plan on going back before school starts to be measured again, but still, I thought 142 would get me a 1-year card.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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It depends on how high your BP is. If you fall in a certain ranges they will issue you a medical card but require you to renew it more often. •140-159/90-99 for 1 year certificate •160-179/100-109 for a 3 month temporary certificate at examiners discretion •Greater than 180/110 is disqualifying

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Hmmmmm.... Now I am confused a little here. I went and got my DOT physical the other day ($55) and I passed on everything except my BP. My BP was 142. They issued me a 3-month card. Now I thought it was supposed to be a 1-year card. Am I missing something here?

I start school on the 12th. A 3-month card will allow me to get my permit and attend school. But by the end of school, I will only have a month to a month and a half left on my card. I don't think any firm will touch me till I get a better medical card. I plan on going back before school starts to be measured again, but still, I thought 142 would get me a 1-year card.

You have to remember regardless of what the guidelines are it is ultimately up to the doctor on how long of a card you are give. The 3 months,1 year or 2 years cards are guidelines for the doctors to follow but are not hard rules.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Steven N. (aka Wilson)'s Comment
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Okay. I guess that makes sense. I am at the mercy of the doctor then.

Old School's Comment
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Steven, more than likely when you get hired you are going to go through a new physical. In the mean time do what ever things you can do to keep your blood pressure down. It is quite possible that you will get a physician who will issue you a card with a longer time period on it. I would just be patient and see how this unfolds. Don't let the anxiety of it cause your blood pressure to go up even more!

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