Hello runners - I have a question for runners who have a history of running and at some point in boomer years started taking blood pressure medication. Have you noticed any changes in your body during and after runs? Do you / are you still able to do hard workouts at times? Are you still on the meds? Anyone able to stop the medication after eating healthier and continuing to run regularly?
I'm am an 55 year old male in decent condition. After running steady for several years then stopped due to family deaths and other crisis but was able to start running again. However, in going for check ups the doctor notice my bp was usally at 140/80something. After trying a few medications i finally settled with 10mg Benazepril. I have been taking this for about 2 years now. I'm looking to speak to the doctor to see if I can try to come off them and maintain my bpthru diet and exercising regularly.
Here is some information someone sent me about this question. I'll sharre it with you: Some blood pressure medications affect your ability to run and exercise more than others. If this is something you seriously want to pursue, it could be one of the main factors in determining which blood pressure medication is best for you. Dihydropyridine calcium channel blockers (amlodipine, nifedipine, etc., but not diltiazem or verapamil) tend to be preferred for athletes. ACE inhibitors are another good choice for people who like vigorous exercise. Beta-blockers tend to be poor choices for people wanting to do hard exercise, and most diuretics are poor choices as well.
I guess I'm trying to find out what effects bp medication have on runners / performance/ and is it safe to run hard. Any comments?