Just want to make sure you see this, but you need to know your BP. I'm your age, have similar H/W stats, and elevated BP has always been an issue for me. Even without the huge amount of sodium from soy sauce, your stats put you at a high risk for it (which in turn leads to higher risk for heart attack and stroke.)
Ask your doctor at your next physical, or if you don't see a doctor regularly, you can buy yourself a good one off of Amazon. I have this one and vouch for it, but there's another one from the same manufacturer $15 cheaper.
No need to wait. The devices are cheap. I use this one: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07WCQVV71/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Costs about the same as a typical copay, but you can check as often as you want. When you get the feelings you're describing you can check right then and there, and know for sure if you're BP is elevated from normal.
My BP has been slightly high every time I go to the doctors, but when I have the nurses at work it's been fine. My doctor put me on high alert for Pre-E symptoms. Nothing so far, but either way, it freaks me out. I bought my own BP monitor from Amazon and it is amazing. It even has a 2 person setting so I can keep track of my husbands too. It saves the last 100 readings and keeps me sane. If any of you are in the same boat, this is the one I bought.
I have this little Omron 7 series wrist cuff. It’s very easy to use by yourself and I find it fast and accurate. Amazon has the best price I’ve seen.
Pharmacies and large superstores like Walmart will have them. Here is an Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/Omron-Pressure-Monitor-Reading-Memory/dp/B004D9P1A8/ref=zg_bs_3777151_3?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=9E693YYA44R7DS4D2TFQ
I’m not saying don’t worry about it but I have had chest pains for days after this stuff.
I bought a cardiac monitor on amazon and everything is fine.
This is a six lead EKG so about as good as you can get at home. And I think it’s the only one FDA approved.
AliveCor® KardiaMobile 6L | FDA-Cleared | Wireless 6-Lead EKG | Works with Smartphone | Detects AFib or Normal Heart Rhythm in 30 Seconds https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07RQW6SD5/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_8KJLEbX27N1GJ
This is the one I use
I spent a lot of time researching various different brands and models and this seemed to be a good choice and I recently found out that the local medical university uses the same model.
Konquest KBP-2704A Automatic... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077CXGSJW?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
I have this one & it has good reviews, seems accurate. It does squeeze the absolute bejeezus out of my arm if I don’t get it on just right, but I feel like that’s the nature of the beast. My nurses sometimes do that too lol
Great advice from WiseChoices. Something else you could add to your shopping list is a 6-lead EKG. It'll help rule out heart palpitations/AF -> https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07RQW6SD5/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1#customerReviews Does not replace the ER's 12 lead EKGs, but it does help the anxiety of thinking it could be something heart related.
I also bought myself the BLATN air quality meter to test my air at home. PM 2.5/10 (so dust/pollen/dirt/etc in the air, plus TVOCs like mold, chemicals, etc).
Also try to get yourself seen by a pulmonologist ASAP (it took me like 3 weeks to be seen for similar symptoms... also went to the ER several times myself. "Not a heart attack, not covid, go home." So I feel your pain and frustration). I suggest you go to a minute clinic tomorrow if you can, they'll likely give you an albuterol inhaler with your symptoms. That'll hopefully help with any excruciating flare ups while you wait to see a lung doc.
It also wouldn't hurt to do an assessment of your work and home air quality. When were your air ducts last cleaned, any signs of mold or do you live in a high humidity environment where mold could thrive? Mold can thrive and hide underneath carpet if your home's humidity is high. They have some good options on Amazon for HEPA filters with UV lights to kill germs/potential mold spores.
Best of luck OP. Always feel welcome to share what's going on. I found being on here really helped me mentally, knowing there's people here who know exactly how we feel and care.
I bought this Greater Goods home blood pressure monitor:
a year ago and it's truly excellent. It's accurate, easy to use, has a memory for two users, not complicated—all in all, well designed, well thought-through product.
I got this one but haven’t received it yet. LifeSource by A&D Medical Upper... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000VXO4JE?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
But I might try the advice from another comment and learn to do it manually if this one doesn’t work.
I’ve also had health related anxiety. Are you able to exercise? Do you feel worse after exercise? If not, then you’re likely just fine. You can take an ekg and get an automatic interpretation with this device: https://www.amazon.com/KardiaMobile-Personal-Device-Heart-Monitor/dp/B07RQW6SD5/ref=dp_prsubs_1?pd_rd_i=B07RQW6SD5&psc=1
I'd add, if you are buying a smart watch, get one that monitors for AFib, or get something like this (https://www.amazon.ca/AliveCor-1141-Kardia-Mobile/dp/B01A4W8AUK/) Afib is no fun either.
Problem is most of the information is bullshit. The drug itself isn't that bad. People take desoxyn for decades and continue being normal and healthy. ...It's the not eating and sleeping that gets you. If you're able to keep that in check then you're fine.
That said, all stims are vasoconstrictors and it sounds like you may have either a cardiovascular or diabetic problem to content with. You should absolutely take a break, say 3 weeks, and see a doc. At the very least grab a blood pressure monitor and start checking regularly. especially comparing peak high to base values.
I've had the "OMRON Evolv Bluetooth Wireless Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor with Portable, One-piece Design – Works with Alexa" for 2 years and I love it. The Omron app you get on your Smartphone really gives you all the data history you need along with some nice charts to display the data. It automatically downloads to the app with Bluetooth when you take a blood pressure reading. The app allows you to send the data in excel, pdf, or CSV formats to your computer several ways including email.
I have very large upper arms, so I purchased this one. It's a little pricey, but it works really well and was the only one that came with the larger style cuff. The cuff includes markings on it so you know you're using the correct size.
High blood pressure is called a silent killer for the very reason it has no symptoms, yet long term high blood pressure increases your risk of a major cardiac event (heart attack, stroke, death etc).
Now this doesn't mean you have high blood pressure, but most certainly feeling fine doesnt mean everything is fine, again it's a silent killer.
I'd order a blood pressure cuff on Amazon like this one: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07WCQVV71/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_fabc_TJ3MX4RTPC2NSWM1JZNH
See what kind of readings you are getting at home when completely relaxed. If you are regularly getting readings of 140+, medication is recommended to lower your risk of developing heart disease.
Greater Goods Blood Pressure Monitor Cuff Kit by Balance, Digital BP Meter with Large Display, Upper Arm Cuff, Set Also Comes with Tubing and Device Bag https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00N9I63PG/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_0PMCS1KXT25YPNJR2EJS?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
This is what we have. “ Greater Goods Blood Pressure Monitor Cuff Kit by Balance, Digital BP Meter with Large Display, Upper Arm Cuff, Set Also Comes with Tubing and Device Bag “
ALL NEW 2021 LAZLE Blood Pressure Monitor - Automatic Upper Arm Machine & Accurate Adjustable Digital BP Cuff Kit - Largest Backlit Display - 200 Sets Memory, Includes Batteries, Carrying Case https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07WCQVV71/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_EN3X6KCQJK678WTGPF0M
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I can get this to you by tomorrow. Would it help? Do you want it? If so, feel free to DM me your address.
Konquest KBP-2704A Automatic Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor - Adjustable Cuff - Large Backlit Display - Irregular Heartbeat & Hypertension Detector - Tensiometro Digital https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077CXGSJW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_VHYGMXTCFBDX7CWNBAJG
I have an older Omron (BP786N). I liked that I could sync the readings to my phone (and to apple health) which made it easier to bring the data in to my dr.
i use this one from amazon, its good if you’re looking for a fairly cheap one. i compared it to the one at my doctors office and its pretty accurate and comes with a case to bring it with you on the go! it also alerts you if you’re tachycardic, having heart palpitations, etc.
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If you are suffering from afib, you could also get a Kardia device. They are really expensive for what they are and in this case, showing in the app that you have afib or any other heart issues won't be classed as a diagnosis, but will get you in the door at a cardiologist.
AFAIK it is considered a gray area/market. unlike testosterone, which is a schedule 3 controlled substance (same as ketamine, for reference), estradiol and other transfem-relevant medications are not illegal to possess without a prescription; it's the dispensing without confirming the buyer has a prescription that's illegal. I've heard stories of US customs seizing people's packages (you can find them here on reddit) and sending warnings in the mail, but never of any further action. basically, and especially if you just use a different name on the address, it's not worth anyone's time to try to nail you with something. in any case, to get anywhere they'd have to prove that you ordered it and that you didn't have a prescription at the time. but if someone at customs decides to fuck with you by seizing the package anyway there's not much you can do besides try again. personally, I've ordered bicalutamide and estradiol online from https://alldaychemist.com, and the box came clearly labeled "PERSONAL SUPPLY MEDICATION" with a slip of paper included accurately listing the contents. wasn't touched by customs.
as for any adverse effects due to these medications, I can only say to be be careful and do your own research. if you're worried about the QTc prolongation specifically, you might want to get one of these https://www.amazon.com/Alivecor%C2%AE-KardiaMobile-Wireless-Detection-Smartphones/dp/B01A4W8AUK/.
I'm going through something similar. Randomly triggered an Afib attack a few years ago during a basketball game after i had some energy drink. I will now experience palpitations and arrhythmias during periods of high stress and anxiety, especially if I have been trying to compensate for poor sleep by drinking more coffee.
For what its worth, caffeine irritates me far more than alcohol does, and I have switched to decaf and generally cut out caffeine altogether. I try not to drink on consecutive days, and keep it to 1-2 small pours when I do. Lately however, I tend to drink barrel proof stuff so it adds up fast.
If you do have a heart condition like I do, I highly recommend getting one of these. I use it to record my heartbeat when I am feeling off, and it saves into a PDF that I can send to my cardiologist in real time.
Also, I have bought BP monitor and checking at home everyday. When my day gets absolutely crazy It goes till 150/98 other times it has been 130/90 - average one week.
I got This one: LAZLE Blood Pressure Monitor - Automatic Upper Arm Machine & Accurate Adjustable Digital BP Cuff Kit - Largest Backlit Display - 200 Sets Memory, Includes Batteries, Carrying Case https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07WCQVV71/ref=cm_sw_r_u_apa_fabc_DKNE6GZMESAY582NK1Z9?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
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Got a fantastic blood pressure cuff from Amazon. I needed to upgrade from my shitty wrist cuff. BP is steadily 120/70 and I’m at 215 not using any cialis. That’s major for me. Very exciting as I’m preparing to go into my next blast and finally try to get to 230 and stay there.
Fyi Omron support got back to me and they only make XL cuffs for their professional monitors. I ended up getting this Lifesource model on Amazon. Seems reputable, but runs a little pricey at $135. Sold at major retailers too.
A little bit late but I read a review on Amazon and he said the Omron Evolv can connect directly to the S Health app without Omron connect. Is it true and available with Apple Health? Thanks.
The general belief is that a young female is "too young" to have "real" heart problems.
I have a terminal heart condition that was diagnosed in my early teens. DM me for suggestions on how to talk to doctors without getting labeled as crazy or difficult.
Please buy this ecg machine. It's totally legit even though you wouldn't think that little do dah was a real ecg. I s. It also sends irregular ecgs to a doctor when you ask it to--so if her heart rate shoots up, capture the ecg, and you can send it to a doctor immediately, 24/7. heart problems.
Buy this ecg machine. It sticks to your phone or you can just keep it in your purse. It's totally legit even though you wouldn't think that little do dah was a real ecg. I highly recommend it so you have a record to show the doctors. It also sends irregular ecgs to a doctor when you ask it to--so if her heart rate shoots up, capture the ecg, and you can send it to a doctor immediately. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01A4W8AUK/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_sWINFbWZX9XTM
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As others will say, keep seeing a doctor instead of the internet but...
It may be worth a small investment in a AliveCor KardiaMobile 6L or a similar device. Then you can take your own EKGs at home and possibly catch something that is intermittent. There are certain heart issues like a Left Bundle Branch Block (LBBB) that will cause the device to be unable to classify an issue but at least you'll have a history of EKGs to show your doctor at your next visit.
I have the same exact problem. I agree with everyone else who suggested buying an at home blood pressure kit. I got this one on Amazon and it’s great. It’s not a wrist cuff and it even came batteries. It wasn’t expensive and the device saves your readings which is helpful!
My doctor recommended I check my blood pressure every other week. (It’s currently under control with weight loss and a diuretic which is why he only recommends every other week) he recommended going to a pharmacy or grocery store to check my blood pressure but I even get nervous there. All I can think about is times in the past when I’ve gone there and it’s been high and it stresses me out.
So I ordered the at home one, and my routine is this: every time I go to take it, I make sure I’ve had a lot of water that day, haven’t eaten anything crazy high in sodium (well that’s the goal every day now!) and I’m taking it before I’ve had my coffee. I sit on my couch for about five minutes, chill and scroll on my phone on mindless stuff. Then after that, I do a quick, five minute meditation to clear my brain from stressing about my blood pressure. I sit with my arm on the arm of my couch, nice and relaxed, arm facing up and I have my blood pressure taken with calming music playing. Over the top? Yup 😆 but it works! It’s significantly higher at doctors offices, and my heart rate isn’t crazy high like it is when they’re taking it at the doctors. Good luck!
I've had the evolve for a few months now:
It's ifor the US market and not listed as any of those model numbers you mentioned although it looks to be the same thing.
If you are concerned about heart issues, this this is supposed to be really good AliveCor KardiaMobile 6L | FDA-Cleared | Wireless 6-Lead EKG | Works with Smartphone | Detects AFib or Normal Heart Rhythm in 30 Seconds https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07RQW6SD5/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_JuAqFbRPQFAGE
It was very random for me. Sometimes, I would have it once every few months. Sometimes, I would have it once a week. I had an ablation done through a catheter. It was very simple. During the procedure, they trigger episodes while you're under an XRay to identify where it's coming from and why. Then, based on that decide what to do. The reason I had the ablation, is that the medication did not work well for me. How we treat Tachycardia has changed recently. So if you haven't seen a cardiologist recently for the problem, I would recommend doing so. The treatment options in the last 20 years have changed. Buy a heart monitor like this one to capture the episode and share with your doctor: https://www.amazon.com/Alivecor%C2%AE-KardiaMobile-Wireless-Detection-Smartphones/dp/B01A4W8AUK/ref=sr_1_3?crid=2S0CJYEYBANLF&dchild=1&keywords=kardia+mobile+heart+monitor&qid=1595126797&sprefix=kardia%2Caps%2C224&sr=8-3
Some smartwatches can also capture EKGs that doctors are comfortable using. Check if your smartwatch is one of them. Your doctor may recommend wearing a heart monitor for a few weeks to properly capture your rhythm.
Your primary care doctor will be able to order preliminary testing while you wait for an appointment from a cardiologist. Since I knew I was getting the procedure, I purposely bought an insurance plan for the year that would fully cover it. I will be changing my plan next year.
Wrist cuffs are typically less accurate than upper arm cuffs because it is measuring a smaller artery. I'd recommend getting a reliable home BP monitor, like this one, so you can measure your BP without the doctor's office anxiety. It really gave me peace of mind!
> it's often high and they both suspect I have white coat syndrome
I have the same problem. My doc had me buy an Omron blood pressure cuff with Bluetooth.
I keep it right behind the couch where I can grab it as I'm chillin out, and I monitor at least once per day. Several times per day if I'm around the house after a new medication change. Then I sync it with the phone app and I can show my doc my whole BP history.
Maybe your blood pressure is low, this is a known side effect from minoxidil use. To make sure your blood pressure is below average you should buy one of these https://www.amazon.com/Omron-BP742N-Pressure-Monitor-Standard/dp/B00KPQB2NS/ref=pd_lpo_vtph_121_bs_t_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=15CQBRYKSXKCMEEZSTRQ
My BP has been high at doctors appointments, and I've learned it is just me being there. My OB did tell me to take a baby Aspirin every day as a precaution since it is not super high. I did purchase my own BP monitor from Amazon this one and it saves the last 100 readings. I have never had protein in my urine but they do have it on my chart to monitor this and my BP closely.
The technology exists, it's not expensive either. We're talking sub-100$
and this shit is trusted by cardiologists.
Any of the omron series. As recommended by John Meadows in a podcast appearance.
Anyone here used a electronic BP cuff and can verify its accuracy? I was looking at this one on amazon and thinking of buying it in conjuction with a manual one also.
This is the one I use. It works well. I use it with the "My BP comapnion" iPhone app. It works well for showing youre history, averages, and charts out youre readings so you can see changes.
Get a blood pressure monitor. Like this one I recommend this one. My grandparents used this brand for their diabetes and have been using it for like 5 years now. The only problem is that your arm might be too big from the sick gains. In that case die young and in a large coffin. Jk stay safe
I got the Omron blood pressure monitor after I had a handful of high readings early on. It syncs with your phone and lets you email you doctor your numbers directly through the app, which was handy for me since he wanted me to monitor my BP from home for 2 weeks and then send him my results. Turns out it was white coat syndrome.
I got this wrist cuff after a somewhate embarrassing visit to L&D (embarrassing as in when I got there after being in urgent care everything was fine). The CNM there and my OB said it was fine if it helps me feel better to be able to check on my own. I've only used it once to check that it worked when I got it and then put it away until the next time I'm feeling funky.
I asked about the accuracy with home cuffs (arm and wrist) and was told they are close enough these days when used properly. A wrist cuff was recommended just for ease of use.
Edit - Oh, and the one I got is super quiet. Not that I needed that, but I'm amazed at how quiet it is!
It also says "#1 Dr and Pharmacist recommended home blood pressure machine" for Omron. If thats wor
I'm looking at their different model line on Amazon right now. Seems like as you go up into the higher end models, the differences include more memory, wireless/bluetooth sotrage, a/c adapter included and a different cuff type.
The 3 and 5 series have a "Wide range D-ring" cuff type (quick google sounds like its easier to use by yourself, which is ideal for me). While the 7 and 10 series use an "easy wrap ComFit" (seems like its a more traditional cuff the nurses use that you'd need 2 hands to apply properly?)
The price difference between the 5 and 7 series is ~$6 so its not really an issue. I'm just wondering which cuff will be the easiest to work for me doing it solo
thanks for the reply
Thanks a lot for your answer. Side question.
I've purchased this blood pressure meter and the results it's giving me vary a lot from reading to reading. Is that normal? (i've gotten a range like: 142-121 & 69-75)
Carditone or lisinopril. I use the former on blast and stay in the 110-120 range for systolic. I take my blood pressure every morning with one of these
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$45. Accuracy is very close to what doctors use. Sit down near a table or other flat surface, slip it on, press start, and it does all the work for you.
If your resting blood pressure and heart rate are reasonable (blood pressure below ~140/85, heart rate below 140), then you know you're fine and can carry on safely. Do it about 5 times on a normal sober day to know your usual levels.
It's normal for many drugs to raise blood pressure and heart rate though, so don't be too paranoid about it. You'd only have to really worry about it if blood pressure is starting to rise over 155/100 for more than a few minutes. If that happens and you start feeling very light-headed and unable to think, then you know it's time to get help.
Same goes for if it's less than 90/60, especially if your usual blood pressure is much higher.
this is the one I have
You have to stay still and hold your wrist over your heart to get an accurate measurement. Moving around will fuck it up.
Get a blood pressure monitor, like this (http://www.amazon.com/Omron-BP742N-Upper-Pressure-Monitor/dp/B00KPQB2NS/ref=sr_1_4/189-4956941-8393361?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1427432283&sr=1-4).
I used to have the same symptoms and beyond only weighting 210 lbs, almost the same physical work and high streess (but in México).
Checked for my blood pressure and after one week of two times a day measuring, kidney ultrasound and heart ecograph, the doctor Dx as "high blood pressure", give me a daily pill Rx (Olmesartan ).
I have now two months without symptoms, my daily life is much better, no headaches, no wear out feeling after hard work day, not exausted, my sleep hours and quality have improved.
(english if not my first language, in case you fail to notice)
Congrats on -10 lbs!
Don't be scared, that will just heighten your anxiety which will raise your blood pressure right before you test it. Look, it is whatever it is! It's not something you like or dislike. It's not your judge, it's just a condition. If you've got high BP, you have it whether you measure it or not or whether you know it or not. Not knowing is not preventing it. Hope will not affect it.
This is what we bought. I suggest you test it frequently until you get over your fears of seeing it. It's just data. Knowing your BP and getting used to testing it can only help you. Do it when you're just sitting there calmly for a while, pull it out and test. Keep a pad nearby and write down your results. Ultimately, you'll want to test once a week or so. Being calm about it when it's tested is going to improve the readout. If you still get anxious during a BP test in the doctor's office (resulting in a high false reading), you can show your calm home results to the doctor for comparison.
My spouse was on meds for BP. He was and is a ritual exerciser. He lost about 15 lbs. and was able to cut the dose in half.
I was not a ritual exerciser. I had a very high BMI, much higher than the spouse, but was only on the edge of needing BP meds. I've lost a lot of weight and my BP is even lower and no longer borderline.
We both walk for exercise now. 3-4 times a week, for 30+ minutes usually. Nothing much.