I have a family history of HBP
my blood pressure was high when I started riding 2 years ago - my body weight was 279
I dropped my body weight down to 215 before my crash and blood pressure was really good
I gained 15 pounds from laying around after crash and blood pressure went up to higher than before I was 279
it was 150/96
that is from one of those machines in CVS
Ok, well the first thing I would say is "I'm not a doctor, so double-check anything I say". I'm sure NI probably knows about this subject as well, so he's probably got some good info.
Stuff I've learned on this subject over the years, and some suggestions:
- First, determine that you really do have HBP -- a CVS machine is probably not the best way to get an accurate reading.
- If you had eaten recently, were walking around, etc, those could all throw your reading way off.
- Blood pressure will vary all the time, all day long, depending on what you're doing.
- The typical claim that 120/80 is the "perfect" reading is not true, and depending on a lot of factors your "good" reading could be higher/lower
- A paleolithic diet (and a few variations on that, such as Arthur DeVany's stuff) in many cases can nip this problem in the bud in a hurry
- Start reducing sugar intake and cheap carbs right away while you investigate things in more detail
- If you do actually have HBP, it's important to find the root cause and go after that. If it's confirmed to be high, you may want to look into imaging or other technologies to see if you heart is clogged up to dangerous levels. If it is, you may want to consider ratcheting back a bit until you get things under control.
- Buy a good, high-quality home electronic Blood Pressure monitor, and learn how to use it and take your blood pressure at various times during the day, and when you are relaxed (such as first thing in the morning after you wake up and before coffee etc).
- Read up on chelation therapy. And don't fall prey to hard-line AMA docs who'll tell you that anything natural is "quackery". Punch them in the face instead.
- A good common-sense doc on this subject is Stephen Sinatra up in Connecticut. He used to write a good newsletter that was centered around cardiovascular issues etc.
- I would strongly advise against doing what I see wayyyyy too many people with HBP doing -- e.g., basically not taking any responsibility for their body, blindly doing whatever their doc tells them, and just taking a bunch of pills and continuing to do the same bad habits that caused the problem. You don't sound like that kind of a dude, but just saying....
That's it for now -- as I remember more I'll probably post more links on the thread. Hope it helps.