3-Day Blood Pressure Check Remedial

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  1. 697biling

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    Took my DoDMERB physical a week or two ago and felt really confident that I'd qualify with no issues. Turns out I was wrong. I got placed on remedial status for high blood pressure, an issue that I wasn't even aware that I had! Here I was thinking I got plenty of exercise lol. Has anyone else gone through this? If so, do you have any tips as to how I should work towards passing these blood pressure tests?
     
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    http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-.../basics/lifestyle-home-remedies/con-20019580?

    Some of these won't apply to you. Read labels for salt; you will be amazed at the added salt and sugar in all kinds of things. I'm not talking about chips.

    Mental relaxation. Whenever I get my blood pressure checked, I ensure I have been doing mindful deep, relaxed breathing for the last 15 minutes or so. I have a memory I call up of a perfect day on a boat some years ago, sailing around Catalina Island, where I can hear the waves hiss along the bow, feel the salt breeze on my face, and a feeling of total relaxation. Works every time for me to counteract the "White Coat Syndrome" at the doctor's office. Of course, regular exercise, good diet and good body weight are the foundation.

    Powerade has 100 mg sodium in 8 ozs, 1 cup, 4% daily recommendation. You don't see Powerade in 8 oz bottles. Sports drinks have their place in high-intensity workout situation where rapid rehydration is key. As an everyday beverage, the salt and sugar in those really add up. BTW, 14 g sugar in those 8 ozs. Coke, a 12 oz can, has 39 g sugar and 45 mg sodium.
     
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  3. 697biling

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    Got my numbers back:

    Day 1: 127/76
    Pulse: 75

    Day 2: 127/65
    Pulse: 85

    Day 3: 131/64
    Pulse: 65

    Any idea how these would look to DoDMERB? Are they disqualifying in any way?
     
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    I actually get watched like a hawk from my doctor for this and take my blood pressure 3-5 times a week. I am always in a good range until I see a doctor and then fall off the charts in a bad way. Once they had me monitor my stuff and compare numbers they decided I had the worst case of white coat syndrome they have ever seen. Many moons ago when I did DODMERB I did this remedial. In no way am I an authority on this, but your low number looks solid and will probably pass you thru. Good luck.
     
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    My aviator DH has the same thing. He used to call it "Flight Surgeonitis," always worried the doc would find something putting him on the no-fly list. His BP is very good, but the funny thing is his civilian doc is a retired AF flight surgeon. Still happens.
     
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    I don't know a thing about nothing medical....all I can tell you is that for ME.....if I rush into the doctor's office, running late, etc....then get my blood pressure checked right away, the systolic reading (top number) is elevated somewhat. So while my norm reading is something like 110/70, I might pop out a 125/70 if I'm rushing before getting into the doctor's office. For me, just arriving early and relaxing in the waiting room takes care of that problem. But maybe that is just me.
     
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    Yeah I wasn't really given much time to relax before my tests. I'd get to the waiting room an hour early and get called in to get tested immediately after checking in. The clinic was hardly packed, so I guess they wanted to move me along as fast as possible.
     

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