Was it something you ate?

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 11 January 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:87
  1. Geraldine Lindley, homoeopath
  1. Bath

    My patient was 52 and in her menopause. She weighed a steady eight and a half stone (54 kg) for her five feet three inches (1.6 m) height and was fit because she taught aerobics. She told me that she had suffered from “resistant high blood pressure” for two years. It varied, she said, between 219/119 mm Hg and 140/75 mm Hg. Her electrocardiographic and cholesterol results were normal, and her general practitioner had at first prescribed a diuretic, which had worked for a year, after which her blood pressure began to seesaw between 139/70 mm Hg and 196/80 mm Hg.

    She was then prescribed β blockers, which made her dizzy and “spaced out,” but which had reduced her blood pressure to 130/50 mm Hg. As she could not tolerate these, she was prescribed α blockers, but, by …

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