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What I Did to Lower My Blood Pressure Without Medications

What I Did to Lower My Blood Pressure Without Medications | The Survival Doctor

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

I used to have quite the problem with high blood pressure. Even as a teen, it was always a little high during my sports physicals. In my twenties it jumped up high enough that I started on medicine. But now, it’s no longer a problem. I don’t take medication, and every time I check, it’s actually below 120/80.

Now, let me tell you my secret on what to do to lower blood pressure to a very healthy level. For me, it was one simple dietary change.

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5 Natural Ways to Lower Cholesterol

5 Natural Ways to Lower Cholesterol | The Survival Doctor

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

As it gets close to Valentine’s Day, many of our thoughts turn to the heart. At The Survival Doctor, we’re no exception. And so, this week, we celebrate in our own little way, with posts on how to prevent heart disease. Because there’s nothing more of a bummer than to be trying to survive a disaster only to be struck down by a heart attack.

Unfortunately, that’s not too unusual of an occurrence. And many people don’t even have a warning. You’re stressed to the max, maybe doing labor you’re not used to, not eating right, maybe out of your medicines, and you begin having chest pain.

In past posts, I’ve written about what you can do for a heart attack and a fast heart rate until you can get to a doctor, but this week, I’ll concentrate on the best option: prevention—specifically, how to lower high blood cholesterol and high blood pressure. Today, we’ll go over cholesterol.

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2 Major Causes of Chest Pain That Are Not From Your Heart

Like any other joint, the rib joints can get inflamed and painful.

Like any other joint, the rib joints can get inflamed and painful. The pain can make you think you’re having a heart attack. (Always get it checked out if possible though because you might be.)

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

More than once I’ve had a patient complain of severe chest pain and we just can’t figure out what it is. There are no other signs or symptoms. A few days later a rash develops in the area of the pain, and we have a diagnosis—shingles.

Other times the patient just knows it’s a bad case of indigestion. Antacids even help it. It’s not until we get an EKG (heart tracing) that we find out he/she’s having a big ol’ heart attack.

One of the more difficult diagnostic dilemmas in medicine is to completely rule out heart trouble as your cause for chest pain. So if you’re having pain, don’t assume. Get it checked out. My last post has tips for what to do until you can. In this post, though, I’m going to go over some causes and treatments for non-heart chest pain.

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What to Do If You’re Having a Heart Attack

Automatic external defibrillators are now widely available in public places. (This one's at the September 11 memorial in New York.) If you're having a heart attack in a mall or school, for example, have someone look for an AED in case you need it.

Automated external defibrillators are now widely available in public places. (This one’s at the September 11 memorial in New York.) If you’re having a heart attack in a mall or school, for example, have someone look for an AED in case you need it. AEDs are also available to buy for home use.

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

When I first started practicing, in the early 1980s, what we would do for a heart attack was simple. (Of course many more died back then also.)

If you were suspected of having a heart attack you were placed in a cardiac-care unit, put on oxygen, and given pain medicine as needed. We tried to regulate your blood pressure and carefully monitored and treated you for the dangerous irregular heartbeats.

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How to Slow a Fast Heart Rate

In the photo, the carotid artery (red) runs up the neck between the Adam’s apple and the internal jugular vein (blue). This is good to know when you need to do the carotid maneuver. (See the post.)

In the photo, the carotid artery (red) runs up the neck between the Adam’s apple and the internal jugular vein (blue). This is good to know when you need to do the carotid maneuver. (See the post.)

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

You’re in the middle of a disaster or on a long hike, and suddenly you feel a little faint. Or maybe you feel butterflies in your chest.

You check your pulse, and it’s going really fast. Since your pulse is an extension of your heart, that means you have a really fast heart rate also. What do you do?

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