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How I Said No to My Chronic Hypertension & Goodbye to My Meds

Last update: Sep 7
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It should have been a regular day in the examination room. 

But what my family doctor said about my ECG results sounded eerie that day.

“Ruth, I’m afraid it got worse…”

I said: “But I don’t feel a thing…” 

“And you won’t feel anything until it happens,” he then added. “Do you remember what happened in your family?”

Suddenly, my hands got shaky…

I immediately pictured the day when I lost my beloved grandfather. I was just a little girl then. He had a stroke in his sleep… 

He was only 64 at the time.

High blood pressure and back problems were running in our family. No wonder I eventually got the same. And that’s why I had to do routine checkups.

At first, my family doctor recommended regular exercise. But I felt too old and tired to spend hours at the gym or running.

Working as a kindergarten teacher took away too much of my energy. So much so that I ended up forgetting my lisinopril and metoprolol pills.

Sometimes it happens when you work with hyperactive kids. 

Today, no one could ever tell what happened to me. That kindergarten teacher had an infinite love for her job but finite energy to move. Today, everything is different. And it’s because of a smart heart health plan I found. I’ll explain everything later.

I lived with hypertension for many years and didn’t feel like I had it. Up until I started forgetting to take my medicines more often…

Almost every day, I had headaches and ringing in my ears. It was hard for me to fall asleep. I always thought it was because of how tired I was after work.

But after my last diagnosis, I became worried more than ever

All I wanted was to enjoy the silence and peace. I loved reading romance novels with my lovely cats by my side. I wanted to enjoy long walks while exploring nature. I wanted to do whatever I found relaxing. 

But soon, my heart didn’t find its peace. I became anxious.

My BP jumped from 139/80 to 202/114 and sometimes even higher… 

I wish no one, not even my worst enemy, to experience such a feeling – when the heart wants to burst from the chest. 

I was tired of the meds I had to take for years.

Sometimes they had barely any effect on me. And, sometimes, they kept me awake all night because of the side effects. 

I thought I was going to keep buying and taking these pills forever…

I believed that I’d be forever stuck in this big pharma machine that sucks all the money out of poor people like me.

All this time, I believed it was just a waste of money and my health! 

I felt like something was missing. I was blindly looking for a natural way to ease my headaches, hoping to get some strength back

I tried to avoid eating before bedtime – my headaches slightly eased. Also, I tried to reduce salt in my diet – it drastically changed the taste, and I didn’t like it.

Later, I found this DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet online. It was recommended by almost everyone online.

I followed it for a week, but I came across two problems. 

One – I have gluten intolerance, and what I could mostly eat was fish (not a big fan of it), veggies, cheese, lentils, some whole-grain pasta… Most of the meals were also bland to my taste.

Two – I found some fantastic recipes, but they took at least 1 hour to prepare. So, I wasn’t delighted with the long cooking. Not to mention tracking EVERY portion. And I was also too tired to stand for long periods of time.

Because of my taste, I found DASH hard to maintain…

I think there was even a third problem. 

I was so focused on preparing these recipes that I forgot to take my prescription pills again…

The side effects kicked in, and my headaches came back even worse than before. After some sleepless nights, I kept getting more worried. I thought that I was doomed like my poor grandfather…

But it wasn’t the end of the world yet

I want to let you know that I found a way around my family’s genes. And it didn’t require some expert knowledge to go through the process. 

Please, don’t get me wrong – I still had to talk to my doctor and check if this plan was good for me. And he still asked me to take my medications on time and in the right dosage. 

But overall, I did everything else by myself.

Here’s what happened.

I spent those sleepless nights looking for some answers on the internet. And I found a success story. It inspired me to try something new – a smart heart health plan.

But I was afraid to overwhelm myself, like with the DASH diet. I worried that I would mess up my kidneys one day. Or that I would soon need surgery if I continued to miss my meds. 

I didn’t want to end up crippled or always dependent on others.

So I took the chance and gave the Cardi.Health app a try for 3 months.

Firstly, I had to take a simple 3-minute questionnaire.

I needed to answer almost everything about my hypertension. For example, how long I’ve been living with this illness, what’s my current BP, what food allergies I have, and so on. 

And that’s how I got the most accurate smart heart health plan by Cardi.Health

In fact, I got such a fantastic diet for my taste that made my mouth water. Let’s be honest here. I expected that my spoiled taste would make it difficult to stick to it. Not even for a couple of days.

But I soon discovered that I could choose ingredients I liked. There was nothing fancy. My local grocery store had everything I needed for my smart heart health plan recipes.

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It didn’t take me even 30 minutes to prepare each meal, so I didn’t get tired of standing by the stove.

And to make things more simple, this plan has a smart shopping list. It means that every ingredient is already on the list, which makes my shopping trips quick and cheap. 

All is done for me. 

What the plan didn’t allow me was to forget my medicines. But what it allowed me to forget about was counting calories all the time. It felt extremely liberating.

During those 3 months, I tried over 150 recipes that made me feel more energized.

Was it just meals? Far from that

I followed simple video workouts that showed how to exercise at home safely. I’m talking about up to 30 minutes of regular physical activity. They’re pretty easy to do, even if you think you’re too old.

I saw coaches showing how to properly warm-up before each workout. No running, no jumping. Just breathing, stretching my stubborn muscles, and building strength. No rush. At my own pace.

I’ve got to admit, it took me a while to get used to the app. But I loved how simple it was to follow these instructional video exercises. 

This smart heart health plan also works because it reminds me what meds I should take at a given time. I found it essential to my forgetfulness. It means I experienced fewer side effects from the regular use of my meds.

I think that Cardi’s smart heart health plan lets you focus on the most important things. Healthy food, regular exercise, and proper use of medicines.

Also, it helped me track my heart rate, blood pressure, and weight so I could see how my health was changing over time. This data helped my family doctor and cardiologist provide much more accurate treatment.

It means fewer treatment errors, faster recovery, and less risk of complications.

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On top of that, I could send this report by email to a family doctor or a caregiver. I provided this information without leaving my home.

All I had to do was measure my blood pressure. I used my own heart rate monitor. Then, I entered the readings into the app and logged them with a click of a button.

Cardi.Health helped me get better each month. I take fewer and fewer blood pressure pills

I like the fact that I didn’t need any gym subscription or to look for a specialist to train me. After just a few weeks of light training and eating healthy, I could go to bed and fall asleep almost instantly. 

Yesterday, I had the best sleep in years!

Because I didn’t feel headaches and I’m not worried anymore.

As I’m writing this, I can finally enjoy my silence. I don’t hear that high-pitched ringing in my head anymore. 

And before discovering this smart heart health plan, I used to think that it was over for me… 

I thought that my work and condition would eventually finish me off one day.

Today, my highest BP reading gets a bit over 130/80, but I can certainly tell that I’m on the right track.

Slow and steady wins the race, as they say.

Now my life is full of energy and new experiences

My family doctor was very happy to see that my results improved with every week.

I’m happy too!

He knows what’s happening with my heart rate and blood pressure while I’m at home or anywhere else. Even if I’m not using my combination of lisinopril and metoprolol.

When I get back home, I still want to do something more than read books and sit on a couch with my cats.

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I’m enjoying my active life so much! I’m even planning my first visit to the sunny island of Madeira for hiking trips. 

I understood one thing for sure. That life is precious. 

One day, it’s going to be the last time that someone will say “I love you” or “Goodbye” to you… 

And it breaks my heart when I remember my grandfather saying his last “I love you” without saying “Goodbye”…

He would have lived a lot longer if he had a chance like I have today.

Today, I take my chance to stay healthier with Cardi.Health. 

And, as you’re reading this, you have the chance to recover and improve the quality of your life.

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Written by
Edibel Quintero, MD

Edibel Quintero is a medical doctor who graduated in 2013 from the University of Zulia and has been working in her profession since then. She specializes in obesity and nutrition, physical rehabilitation, sports massage and post-operative rehabilitation. Edibel's goal is to help people live healthier lives by educating them about food, exercise, mental wellness and other lifestyle choices that can improve their quality of life.

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Comments (3)

  1. avatar
    3 Jan, 2022 at 3:23 pm

    I think this year I will finally make the change and try this, I’m sick to death of being so tired all the time.

  2. avatar
    6 Jan, 2022 at 6:25 am

    The best thing I have noticed in Cardi health is how it reminds me about timings for taking my medication. Hopefully soon I will be able to stop taking them for good.

  3. avatar
    6 Jan, 2022 at 12:59 pm

    I’ve had high blood pressure for way too long, need to try this.


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