Heartbreaking

Booze can be heartbreaking – literally!  
When concerned about my extreme high blood pressure at doctor’s visits, no doctor ever once mentioned ethanol as a possible cause.  All they ever wanted to do was give me poison medicine with more side effects than benefits  – which I refused for years until my BP got so high I had to relent for a brief time and take this shit I can’t even pronounce that is actually a diurectic. Kidneys and BP are related…Booze and kidneys are related…
 
One time I even landed in the ER thinking I was having a heart attack, when really all it was was high anxiety fallout from a family function and BP of something like 202/110.  My EKG was perfectly normal. I present very healthy and active, so maybe doctors just assumed I was a modern health nut when it comes to that, and the cause of my high BP was mysterious.
 
I was happily surprised that within a couple of weeks after stopping ethanol my blood pressure returned to better than normal. And most interestingly, no doctor had ever even raised the question of a link between booze and BP.
 
I did a quick search, and found among a list of myths at heart.org, this one: Myth: I read that wine is good for the heart, so I can drink as much of it as I want.
Answer: If you drink alcohol, including wine, do so in moderation. Heavy and regular use of alcohol can increase blood pressure dramatically. It can also cause heart failure, lead to stroke and produce irregular heartbeats. Too much alcohol can contribute to high triglycerides, cancer, obesity, alcoholism, suicide and accidents, and it can be highly addictive. If you drink, limit consumption to no more than two drinks per day for men and one drink per day for women. Generally, one drink equals a 12-ounce beer, a four-ounce glass of wine, 1.5 ounces of 80-proof liquor, or one ounce of hard liquor (100-proof).
 
Ha ha, they say it’s highly addictive but then tell you to limit consumption! One drink per day for women, Yah, right. I was good for 6-12 oz.
 
But that’s not all. This was in my inbox this morning: Booze, High Blood Pressure – a Dangerous Mix http://www.resperate.com/uncategorized/booze-high-blood-pressure-a-dangerous-mix 
Not only can it cause high BP, as it did with me, it can also break your heart!
 
Never in my life would I have thought I would be stating these claims, as I was a very happy drinker with my head buried deeply in the sand, especially when it came to health risks.
But for the grace of the Higher Intelligence go I! 🙂

3 thoughts on “Heartbreaking

    1. Glad it helps. I know how confused I felt in the beginning, and I’m so glad I blogged my way through it so other peeps can see their way clear. 🙂

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