Eat A Pickle A Day To Bring Up My Blood Pressure?

Aug 6, 2015

I went to see my primary care doctor this week for mainly foot pain and other issues. My blood pressure was in the area of 79/44. (again) So there was another concern. I had bariatric surgery almost 5 years ago. I have been very dizzy with my heart pounding and palpitations. My doctor ordered all kinds of labs and wants to rule out a deficiency before we do any testing on my heart......I have been so dizzy this week and so glad that I am off work. He has advised me to eat a pickle a day to bring up my blood pressure, before we try medications...I am worried...if I am still feeling like this next week, how do I work?

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