E-Cigs And Blood Pressure
Posted 05 January 2011 - 09:48 PM
I'm your typical Type A workoholic. My wife who is extremely interested in the body statistics and measurements (BP, pulse, triglycerides, LDL, HDL, weight, height... to name a few) - of her immediate family, very diligently forces me and my three kids to participate in 'wellness' examinations. So, in July 2010, I was due for a check up from the neck down. Other than a high triglyceride level - all of my other chemicals were in balance. But, my Blood Pressure came in a >tad< too high, 130/90 - Not enough to cause panic but, enough to have the doctor wanting me in for the next few weeks to have my BP rechecked (which, of course, I didn't make time for...)
Months later, I began vaping, weeks after that I gave up smoking altogether and now only vape. So, we go to the Von's pharmacy and wouldn't you know it? There's a body statistic machine (community BP tester) available free of charge. So, wife insists that if I have no time for the doc - to start using this out of convenience. I almost fell out of the chair when I saw the results: 160/110, and 140/102 after a few deep breaths and meditation in my "happy place". This, a full month and 1/2 after I had put the real cigs down.
So, I'm a dead-man-walking, can't see the doctor during the last week of the year between X-mas and new year; all docs are out of town. Force my way into the doc's office on Monday (playing my July appointment trump card) - and had my BP tested. It was 116/78 -
This taught me a few lessons: 1) DON'T trust "free" community services, and 2) Since I began vaping, I've had the BEST BP level in years - straight down the middle normal.
So, since conversion:
- My sleeping 'wheeze' is gone.
- My morning hack is gone.
- My energy level is higher
- I can take full, deep breaths now
- My blood pressure is perfect
- My sense of smell is back; and gawd, after smelling current analog users, can't believe I used to stink that bad...
- My sense of taste is returning, not, returning, not, returning
Anyone else experience life changing physical benefit after turning vaper and quitting smoking?
Edited by PapaBloog, 05 January 2011 - 09:51 PM.
Posted 05 January 2011 - 10:28 PM
Posted 05 January 2011 - 10:58 PM
Posted 05 January 2011 - 11:25 PM
I think that vaping does cause an increase in blood pressure.
I was leaning towards believing this too - but, found otherwise. However, some other info I've gotten on this -
Nicotine is a 'vasoconstrictor' -- e.g., it is a stimulant that constricts the blood vessels. But, as with all stimulants, the effects are temporary and, according to the Chief of Staff at the UCLA Medical Center, " ... there is no documented medical evidence that nicotine alone has lasting or permanent physiological effects...". Are you currently smoking analogs in conjunction with your vaping or vaping only as a complete substitute? [edit: Doh! I just saw your analog free counter] Also, what mg level do you use and how much in terms of ml do you vape daily?
I'm trying to draw a correlation between my pre- and post-analog usage days to determine possible benefit of the transition to e-cigs.
Edited by PapaBloog, 05 January 2011 - 11:29 PM.
Posted 06 January 2011 - 07:48 PM
Remember smoking is only ONE variable to a healthier life. Eating right, working out and taking general good care of ourselves is also needed.
I did have better lung function with vaping then I did before when I smoked, but my blood pressure runs a little bit high and it did when I smoked too.
Posted 06 January 2011 - 09:42 PM
Posted 07 January 2011 - 12:03 AM
I have heard that Nicotine can cause your BP to increase, but the fact that I am no longer coughing in the morning and that I can breathe better makes me believe that this is a healthier alternative for me.
And yes, now that I can "smell" again, I cannot believe I smelled that bad when smoking analogs. I was a heavy smoker. Glad thats over with. Vaping is so much better!
Posted 07 January 2011 - 04:35 AM
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