Dr Oz: Joely Fisher Health
To remember actress Carrie Fisher, Dr Oz was joined by Carrie’s sister, Joely. Joely admitted that Carrie’s death certainly made her start to think about her own health, but first it was her mom’s, Connie Stevens, stroke that made her realize the importance of knowing her numbers. She was at the doctor with one of her kids when she decided to check her own blood pressure for fun. She checked it over the course of a few days and was shocked by how high they were, so she went to see a cardiologist.
Joely acknowledged that because she shares some of the same genes as Carrie, there is a chance she could suffer the same fate. But she’s very cautious about her health. She hasn’t eaten meat since she was eleven, she doesn’t drink a lot, and she doesn’t smoke.
But it wasn’t until the day before the taping of the show that Joely got on a plane since her sister’s passing and she caught herself wondering if there was a defibrillator on the plane.
Dr Oz: Defibrillators On Airplanes
Dr Oz explained that when you go on a plane, your blood does get “sticky”, for several reasons. It’s likely a combination of the lack of movement and dehydration. Dr Oz then asked Joely if he could check her blood pressure right there on the show. He explained that one in three adults have high blood pressure so it’s something that everyone should think about. Plus, 1/2 of all middle-aged adults with high blood pressure are women.
Dr Oz: Joely Fisher Blood Pressure Numbers
Joely shared that she also has a mitrovalve prolapse, which essentially means her “valve flaps a little more.” Dr Oz then showed the audience that Joely’s blood pressure registered at 174 right then, but before the show it was 130/96. However, 96 is still higher than Dr Oz would like for it to be. Her blood pressure likely registered higher right then because of the pressure she was feeling from being on the show. The good news is that she has started taking medication.
Dr Oz: How To Improve Blood Pressure Numbers
In addition to the medicine, Dr Oz also suggested that Joely take the following actions to help keep her blood pressure numbers low.
- Keep daily salt intake to less than 1 teaspoon a day
- Drink less than one drink a day
- Practice five minutes of meditation daily
Joely was excited that she’s getting ready to direct her first movie and she’s also in the middle of writing her own book about her life growing up.