Lower Blood Pressure – Joe Montana as a Great Role Model | Health

Super Bowl LVI between the Los Angeles Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals will take place on Sunday. Too bad the 49ers lost to the Rams, 20-17 in the NFC Championship Game, but they had an incredible and intense season.

Super Bowl Sunday reminds 49er fans of Joe Montana and the incredible 49er run in the 1980s. Nicknamed “Joe Cool” and “the Comeback Kid,” he went 4-0 in the Super Bowls and came back in 4th quarter in incredible fashion so many times throughout his career at the University of Notre Dame and 16 years in the NFL, mostly with the 49ers. Joe also came back from tough times and serious injuries.

I recently watched and recommended a wonderful six-part documentary “Joe Montana: Cool under Pressure”, which is now available on Peacock.

Joe Montana also won a battle with high blood pressure in his late 40s. He shares his own experience of controlling his blood pressure to help others control theirs.

What is high blood pressure?

The heart beats about 100,000 times a day, pumping 2,000 gallons of blood through the blood vessels. The force of blood against the inner walls of vessels creates blood pressure.

Unmanaged high blood pressure (BPH) puts people at risk for serious illness. But usually they don’t experience any symptoms, so it may go undiagnosed. More than 65 million Americans suffer from high blood pressure, while more than 20 million of them don’t even know it.

Too often, once BPH is found, it is ignored because the person feels fine without any symptoms.

Why is treatment so important?

It is important to prevent your blood pressure from getting too high. Lower blood pressure allows blood to move more easily through the body. This helps prevent damage to blood vessels, eyes and kidneys. It also reduces the risk of stroke, heart attack, and other serious health issues. Although you usually don’t notice any symptoms of high blood pressure, BPH makes the heart work harder and exhausts the heart sooner.

Medical guidelines

Medical guidelines state that normal blood pressure for adults is below 120/80 mm Hg. Drug therapy is recommended when blood pressure is 140/90 mm Hg or above. For people with diabetes or chronic kidney disease, drug therapy is recommended for blood pressure of 130/80 mm Hg or higher.

Joe Montana lowers his blood pressure

At 46, Joe was diagnosed with high blood pressure. He was shocked. “I felt perfectly fine and had no symptoms or anything,” he says. “Even though I had a family history, I really didn’t think it would affect me.” After an initial battle, he managed to control his blood pressure. His plan of action was to take blood pressure medication, eat a better diet, and exercise regularly.

Joe Montana’s Blood Pressure Medications

When first diagnosed, he was prescribed medication for high blood pressure, but this medication did not work for him. Then her doctor prescribed her a pill that tackles high blood pressure by combining two drugs. “It lowered my blood pressure and since then with the lifestyle changes I’ve been from less than 120 to above 80.” If you are taking blood pressure medication, make sure the medication is working for you. Nearly 50% of people on antihypertensive treatment still have numbers that are not low enough. That’s why it’s important to work with your doctor to get it right! You may find it useful to purchase a home blood pressure monitor. It’s an easy way to track your blood pressure and see your progress towards your blood pressure goal.

Joe Montana’s Diet Change

Montana cites two key changes to its diet: less salt and smaller portions. “I used to salt my food without even tasting it. And instead of a 20 oz porter, “now I have the 6 or 8 oz tenderloin”. “The children have also been a help. They will move the salt shaker. They’ll move the second portions to the other side of the table so I can’t reach them. Montana also slowed his eating speed, enjoying his food more. “I always ate so fast and on the go that I never gave myself enough time for my stomach to say I was full.”

Joe Montana and exercise

When Montana retired in 1995, he was in great shape. Over the next few years, he gained 8-10 pounds. “I thought to myself that after 31 years of playing football and training all the time, I could cut back a bit.” After his diagnosis of high blood pressure, Joe renewed his commitment to regular exercise. Now Joe does cardio almost every day for at least 45 minutes. He often uses a stationary bike or treadmill, and adds some light weight lifting a few times a week.

Joe Montana sets a great example

I meet many patients who are in denial about their high blood pressure. They don’t have any symptoms and don’t think they should take medication. If Joe Montana can take drugs without a doubt, then there’s no good reason for anyone else. Joe sets a great example. He wants everyone to know that high blood pressure “can affect anyone – that you may not look or think or feel that you will ever have it, but you will be like I was.” For many people, exercising and making healthier food choices are helpful, but like Joe Montana, it’s not enough to lower their blood pressure to safe levels, so medication is needed.

Dentistry and blood pressure

The standard of care in dentistry is to check a patient’s blood pressure before beginning any treatment. In my office, we check the blood pressure of all new patients as well as before treatment procedures. Also in sedated patients, blood pressure, pulse and oxygen levels are continuously monitored using a pulse monitor. My office often finds patients with unknown high blood pressure. They are systematically referred to their doctor for evaluation.

Don’t forget to ask for regular medical checkups as well as dental checkups! Have your blood pressure checked regularly!

Enjoy life and keep smiling!

George Malkemus has had a family and cosmetic dental practice in Rohnert Park for over 22 years at 2 Padre Parkway, Suite 200. Call 585-8595 or email [email protected] Visit Dr. Malkemus’ website at http://www.malkemusdds.com

Rebecca R. Santistevan