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Question about Cholesterol Test Breakdown and blood pressure

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Updated October 24, 2014 at 4:49 AM
Created November 14, 2013 at 5:21 PM

Hello!

This is my first post and I appreciate any help!

I have been sedentary most of my life. I am a 28 yr old male. 235 lbs, 5'8".

I started a crossfit workout and went paleo in the beginning of October (I weighed 255 then).

At this time, i had a total cholestoral of 402 and trigs in the mid 500's.

I just had an advanced lipid panel done, and I am now a total of 121. HDL is 34, LDL breakdown of A. 63 and B. 24. My trigs are 133.

These seem much better, but i am not sure.

I still am having problems with blood pressure. I am on 2 cholestorol meds and 2 blood pressure meds. cholesterol (fenofibrate and pravastatin) blood pressure (HCTZ and Metoprolol xr).

I am doing 5 WOD's per week at my local box. working hard.

My biggest thing is the blood pressure. It will spike above 200 in no time.

any help is greatly appreciated!

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1005 · November 15, 2013 at 7:45 PM

Ah, interesting. Diastolic generally stays the same during exercise. This makes me want to check mine after exercise!

A rise in diastolic bp of more than 10-15 during exercise may indicate an unstable form of hypertension related to coronary artery disease.

Don't make it spike that high! =]

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1005 · November 15, 2013 at 7:25 PM

Although everyone is different and there might not be a 'normal' range.. there is a hypertensive crisis range defined as a top number greater than 180 and a bottom number greater than 110. You're there. Mine's usually around 110/70 with a pulse in the high 50's to low 60's.

How often do you check your BP? (I'd be doing it every day.) Maybe this 200 number is more your white coat reading. I'd be curious what just your normal BP is.

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455 · November 14, 2013 at 11:37 PM

Holy crap dude! Congrats, that awesome. Those are extremely dramatic results. Your numbers improved tremendously. I don't see why the cholesterol pills are still necessary, your cholesterol is borderline low now. Normal range is 120 to 200, you're at the very bottom of that range: 121. Talk to your doctor to see if taking just one cholesterol medication (as opposed to two) is right for you. Your blood pressure is very likely due to your weight, your BMI is 35.7 which is considered well into obesity territory, no offense intended. Keep up the good work, you're doing great.

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0 · November 15, 2013 at 7:43 PM

I check it daily if not twice daily.

Mine does not run 200 normally, please understand that. My normal resting blood pressure (medicated) is in the 115-130 / 80-90 range. It is only after extreme physical exertion that it would spike to 200.

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1005 · November 15, 2013 at 7:45 PM

Ah, interesting. Diastolic generally stays the same during exercise. This makes me want to check mine after exercise!

A rise in diastolic bp of more than 10-15 during exercise may indicate an unstable form of hypertension related to coronary artery disease.

Don't make it spike that high! =]

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598 · November 15, 2013 at 6:08 PM

Not to throw caution to the wind or anything but yeah, everyone is different. Here's to anecdotal evidence:

I don't remember the exact numbers (well above 200 at times) but my dad has been in the hospital with crazy high blood pressure like 9 times, each of which, by conventional wisdom, should have killed him without delay. As far as the doctors are concerned it's a miracle. He's doing a lot better these days. Still has some blood pressure problems...

Just saying, if you don't feel like you're about to pop out of your own skull, just be cautions and keep working at it. The numbers are just for reference and you might not be on your death bed.

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0 · November 15, 2013 at 5:50 PM

4 is a lot, i agree. And yes, 200 is systolic.

One thing to remember is everyone is different, there is no 'normal' just an average. Mine runs high when excercising...excercise hypertension. My diastolic is running about 140ish when pushing the 200 on systolic.

I would agree that crossfit style workouts do seem a bit over-do, but they are scaled...

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1005 · November 15, 2013 at 7:25 PM

Although everyone is different and there might not be a 'normal' range.. there is a hypertensive crisis range defined as a top number greater than 180 and a bottom number greater than 110. You're there. Mine's usually around 110/70 with a pulse in the high 50's to low 60's.

How often do you check your BP? (I'd be doing it every day.) Maybe this 200 number is more your white coat reading. I'd be curious what just your normal BP is.

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1005 · November 15, 2013 at 3:23 AM

I'm guessing 200 is your systolic BP, which can be classified as a medical emergency as "severe hypertensive crisis". (If that was your diastolic, 200 is ridiculously high.) What's the other number in your blood pressure reading?

With that high of blood pressure, crossfit-style workouts seem extremely contraindicated.

That's a lot of drugs too (4 of them?) Hmm... take it easy, guy.

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