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My dad got his diagnosis after several trips to the hospital for high blood pressure, does anyone else experience this? We have found that when ever his blood pressure is high, his emergency inhaler brings it down. He has been on emergency inhaler, and antibiotics 3 times in less than 2 months... any advice?

posted September 19, 2018
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I don't experience high blood pressure anymore as some guy in a white smock caught me at a vulnerable moment and convinced me was a doctor. He recruited some help and punched me out then split my chest open with a rusty old chainsaw. I was told he used a meat clever to split my leg from groin to my ankle and stole some veins he attached to my heart. He did bring my blood pressure down which helped and since being split open copd has been one of my ongoing battles. It's not good having high blood pressure and bombarded with infections ending up on antibiotics. I've been on antibiotics since my heart bypass and prescribed by my doctor. I've also learned there are things I can do to assist keeping my blood pressure.down and help prevent infections.
I'd advise your dad to have blood test done and look for a Vitamin B12 deficiency.
I now take cod liver oil capsules and it helps lower blood pressure as well as lube the joints.
I also now take a Vitamin B12 supplement which is needed to build red blood cells. Red blood cells are needed to transport oxygen to muscles including heart muscles. If heart muscles are not getting enough oxygen rich blood, high blood pressure may be a result. The muscles can be overworked and over responding trying to do their job.
After my heart operation I take a baby aspirin every day which keeps my blood thinner also lowering blood pressure.
I'm now cutting up a garlic clove and swallowing the pill sized pieces and chasing it with a drink of water. This helps fight of bacterial infections and I'm not getting ill like I used to.
All these are cheap and not one of them is dangerous. Most important they do help.
Baby aspirin, cod liver oil, B12 supplement can assist in maintaining a healthy blood pressure. Garlic helps as well.
B12 is checked with a simple blood test..ask your doctor about this.
Cod liver oil capsules and baby aspirin you can buy over the counter.
If your dad has fatigue B12 might help.
Don't forget the benefits of exercising to maintain muscle strength.
I haven't needed doctor prescribed antibiotics for 6 months now.

posted September 19, 2018 (edited)
A MyCOPDTeam Member

Does your Dad like gardening? If so, try to get him to start a small garden...this is great exercise and you can start caring for it 5 minutes at a time. Or start by planting a few flowers and taking care of them.

posted September 21, 2018
A MyCOPDTeam Member

It makes sense that if your blood pressure goes up you might also be short of breath, so that's one of the things they could easily check while you're there for high blood pressure. COPD and high blood pressure often go together.

You say he has an emergency inhaler. Does he have other inhalers designed for maintenance of his COPD? Does he have a pulmonologist? Has he seen a cardiologist to see if he has other heart problems besides high blood pressure? The cardio-pulmonary system is called that for a reason: the heart and lungs are inter-related and problems with one often have negative effects on the other. If he doesn't have a pulmonologist he needs one; ditto a cardiologist.

When he's needed antibiotics he's probably having what we call an exacerbation. That basically means that his COPD symptoms have gotten significantly worse and he needs antibiotics or other medical intervention to get rid of the problem. A good pulmonologist would be concerned about these frequent exacerbations and should have a treatment plan to help avoid them. You need to know what that plan is and your dad needs to understand what he can do to help himself.

posted September 19, 2018
A MyCOPDTeam Member

Hi Carol. I'm 67 yrs of age and still working becsuse my doctor says staying active is one of the best things you can do outside of inhalers when you have copd. I also have high blood pressure and take several pills to adress that concern. How old is your dad?
Try to get him off the couch and into doing something a little more physical... he will feel better for it once he develops a routine.
God bless

posted April 5, 2019
A MyCOPDTeam Member

He just got his oxygen mini the other day, I am hoping this will give him a little more freedom to do that, he loves his yard, he has been scared to do anything but refuses to carry around the tank, I hope this will get him out more.
Thank you for your suggestion! Now lets see if I can get him out of the house.

posted September 22, 2018

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