OT Hypertension Hbp

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Rabbits07 - January 25

Are hypertension and high blood pressure the same thing? My dh was put on a hbp med because his bp had been high the past few times he went to the dr. (running around 155/90). I was talking to my sil about taking his bp and keeping a log of it as the dr. requested and how his bp fluctuates and tends to be much higher in the evenings. She insists that what he has is called hypertension and is not really high blood pressure. She says she also has hypertension and that her dr. explained that hypertension is when your bp goes up due to stress (or tension) and is not truly high blood pressure. I'm no doctor but I'm about 99.9% positive that hbp and hypertension are the same thing. I know this sounds goofy, but it irks me because she'll ask me how he's doing and if I use the term hbp she always corrects me and says, "it's hypertension." She also insists that his numbers are not high enough to be considered hbp. I wouldn't imagine things have changed, but when I took my nursing classes about 9 years ago anything over 140 systolic and 90 diastolic was considered hbp. Any nurses here to clarify things for me???

 

Rabbits07 - January 25

Just to add....I discovered nursing was not the field for me so I didn't continue with that. That's just in case some were wondering if I took nursing cla__ses why wasn't I a nurse and knowing these things...lol.

 

Rabbits07 - January 25

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cae - January 25

Hey Rabbits. I am a nurse, and yes Hypertension is the medical term for high blood pressure. Whether its stress, poor diet, secondary to diseases/complications it is still hypertension(HTN). They are interchangeable. Blood pressure that is 140/90 is considered hypertensive. Hope that helps.

 

Rabbits07 - January 25

Thank you! I thought so.

 

ITSABOY - January 29

Well i am no nurse but i do have high blood pressure and it is the same the same thing.Has is his blood pressure doing?What type of medicine is he on and how old is he?I am only 21 will be 22 tommorow.I am on atenonol.They are the same thing though.I

 

Rabbits07 - January 29

It is still fluctuating alot. He is 43 and takes Metoprolol. His dr. started him out taking 1/2 tablet (50 mg) once a day. It was still high at his check so he upped it to 1/2 twice a day. It's odd the way it fluctuates. The night before last he was complaining about his head hurting so I told him to let me check his bp and it was 144/99. There have been other days when he talks about feeling weak and I check it and once it was 110/60. I know that's nice and low, but dh is 6'2 and weighs 235 lbs. so for him that is probably a little too low....that's what mine runs and I'm 5'1 and 112 lbs. Is it possible to be in the normal range, but too low for the body size? On days that he says he feels fine and has no complaints it is usually is in the 120-125/ 70-75 range. He is a smoker though and I've been talking to him about quitting.

 

ITSABOY - January 29

My husband also smokes.I wish eh would quit it is so awful to have that habbit.i know it must be really hard to stop,I dont think size is a factor but i am not sure.As far as me if i can lose weight i hope to be off this medicine i may have inherited it from my dad he was 21 and died of a heartattack.

 

in the woods - January 29

Rabbits07 - my dh has hbp, recently discovered - probably had it for many years. He used to be 260lbs - not all fat, big build, now he's 230lbs, at 5'9" - still needs to lose some. A nurse told us the upper limit would be "normal" if it is "100 + age" - that's where we are aiming to be. He's taking one of beta blockers, too, plus some stronger stuff - they are still *xperimenting*what's wrong. His mom lived to 94 with hbp, taking "pressure pills" as she called them - so as long as it is under control, it should be OK. Of course, diet and stess and excersise and all that...

 

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