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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 23, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta a THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD TuMdiy. October 23, 1973 Lawrence Lamb M.D. DEAR DR LAMB I am 75 years old and have been troubled with high blood pressure for over 42 years, the pressure goes up to and at other times it drops to When I go shopping for the full day it drops to When it drops so low I have a verv uncomfortable feeling I am taking Apresolme Inderol and Aldomet Will you please let me know what to do to stabilize the pressure' I am sending along a list of my pressures taken over a month's time DEAR READER Actual- ly you are doing very well In 16 out of 19 readings the diastolic (low) reading was below 80 There were only two readings above 90 Actually 17 of your high readings (systolic) were 150 or above with only two of these over 180 If all people in your age bracket with elevated blood pressure could be controlled that well we would be very happy with our treatment You probably have lost part of the normal elasticity of your aorta the large artery that carries all the ox- ygenated blood out of the heart to the body after it returns to the lungs When this happens it takes more pressure to provide cir- culation If vou try to blow up a balloon it is fairlv simple but if you try to blow up an inner- tube it takes more pressure Why? Because the mnertube is less elastic As the large aortic artery hardens it takes more pressure to force the blood out into it and hence the top blood pressure reading tends to rise No amount of medicine for high blood pressure is really going to help this problem and if you lower the pressure too much then you won t have effective circulation Fainting and symptoms of fainting occur when the blood pressure is too low to maintain good cir- culation In other words for you it is necessary to have at least a high normal blood pressure to have good cir- culation When you stand up the small arteries in the lower part of the body constrict through reflexes to prevent too much blood from pooling in the legs and causing fain- ting High blood pressure medicines make these reflex- es sluggish and sometimes cause too much lowering of the blood pressure when you stand This may be a factor iir your low pressures during long shopping trips I do have a suggestion you can talk to your doctor about To prevent these low pressures when you are up for a long time why not try a pair of support hose or elastic ban- dage around the legs It could help prevent the accumulation of blood in the legs and may eliminate these lower readings and uncomfortable feeling If your doctor has you try it let me know how it works for you (Newspaper Enterprise Assn.) Send your questions to Dr. Lamb, in care ot this new- spaper, P 0 Box 1551, Radio City Station, New York, N.Y. 10019. For a copy of Dr. Lamb's booklet on cholesterol, send 50 cents to the same address and ask for "Cholesterol" booklet Your horoscope ByJeineDixon WEDNESDAY, OCT. 24 Your birthday today: Is a turning point for most of your activities and interests After today, everything heads off into new directions where there are few guidelines, little help from outside and much excitement over potential results Simplify your daily living declutter your premises of anything which no longer serves your purposes or is not used Today's natives are interested in things mystical, have much enterprise and personality AARIES (March 21-April Now is the time to mend relations, settle an old dis- agreement Take the lead, be persistent Those you care about need encouragement, some direct expression of your feelings TAURUS (April 20-May A pleasant face to the world is important now Chances are you must speak for many more people tnan yourself Strive for a broad approach that is fair to all Ask Andy MOUSE AND RODENT Andy sends a complete 20- volume set of the Merit Students Encyclopedia to Jim Schilhnger age 12, of Santa Maria, California, for his question How does a mouse differ from a This interesting question takes us into the neat topic called animal classification We share our world with perhaps a million different animals and naturally we need an organized system to sort them out in our minds For this purpose scientists depend on an internationally known system of animal classification According to this established set of rules, every little mouse IS a rodent but not every rodent is a mouse The furry little scaly-tailed house mouse, as we know, is timid enough to keep out of Goren on Bridge BY CHARLES H. GOREN (c) TIM Chicna Tribune North South vulnerable North deals NORTH 92 Q53 0 762 A K g 7 3 WEST EAST AJ1085 AQ7643 ;