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    This has probably been asked and answered so sorry for being a newbie once again. My blood pressure has been soaring out of sight and then back down for the past couple of weeks. I saw someone at a clinic in Cabarete and asked him for a letter explaining that this makes it unsafe for me to travel.
    He did not want to do this..... because of so many variables etc etc... at that point it was 180/90 not very stable. I don't speak spanish but I am certain that his English was very good... is this an unusual thing to ask for here? I need this for my insurance company and work. Any suggestions?

    Thanks again DR1 for your assistance.

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    Go to a better clinic in Santiago?

    It seems to me that there should be medication that can control your BP.
    If it goes up and down, something is wrong and should be looked at by specialists..

    HB

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    Spicedwine, you clearly need to talk with a specialist. I can refer you to an excellent, English speaking cardiologist in Santo Domingo, but Santiago is closer. I recommend you PM Hillbilly and ask him for a recommendation. He is the dr1 expert on all medical matters in Santiago.

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    A blood pressure of 180/90 although high is not so his as it should hinder your travel, especially if traveling was not an ongoing proposition. If so it should take a very short time to bring it under control with meds.

    Bob K

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    Once again thank you for all your responces and options.... will try another clinic and possible take someone who speaks spanish with me.... he has me on meds, but they maybe I just expect them to work faster. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spicedwine View Post
    This has probably been asked and answered so sorry for being a newbie once again. My blood pressure has been soaring out of sight and then back down for the past couple of weeks. I saw someone at a clinic in Cabarete and asked him for a letter explaining that this makes it unsafe for me to travel.
    He did not want to do this..... because of so many variables etc etc... at that point it was 180/90 not very stable. I don't speak spanish but I am certain that his English was very good... is this an unusual thing to ask for here? I need this for my insurance company and work. Any suggestions?

    Thanks again DR1 for your assistance.
    Spicedwine, your systolic is OK, however your diastolic reading is slightly high, but quite normal for a man your age. Take it easy, except on the wine, keep drinking it!, and don't worry. From your writing style, it is obvious you are one nervous guy. Relax!

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    Thanks Mirador, I might need to relax, but it would be as a female person, not a man... sorry possibly I should have clarified my gender!!

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    Oh, come on Mirador: 180/90 is higher that it should be.

    I am close to that magic year of 69 and maintain a 120-70 to 130-80 BP.

    Active life style helps. As does watching what goes into the mouth!!

    HB (Glad to see Dr. Bob is watching the board.....retired Dr. Bob, that is)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hillbilly View Post
    Oh, come on Mirador: 180/90 is higher that it should be.

    I am close to that magic year of 69 and maintain a 120-70 to 130-80 BP.

    Active life style helps. As does watching what goes into the mouth!!

    HB (Glad to see Dr. Bob is watching the board.....retired Dr. Bob, that is)

    HB, OK, I'm quite aware that the OP's blood pressure reading was high, but you have to factor in that he was highly-strung by being in a strange clinic, not speaking the language, etc., more than enough to skew the BP reading. Any MD who's worth his salt (including your ol' pal doc Bob) should know that the reading at the Cabarete clinic is not valid. I recommend the OP to buy one of those cheap BP units (like the ones sold at Wallgreen's) and take several readings during the day, for several days, and average them out. He can even learn to biofeedback his BP readings at will, like I do. At 60, my average BP reading is 110 systolic, 70 diastolic, and if it goes above that level, I can biofeedback, without the use of medication. The process is akin to meditation, and actually quite easy, but needs a few hours of assisted instruction to get the hang of it...

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    Totally agreed (except its a she not a he!!!)

    HB (mind over matter, works!)

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