About the last semester in school, I had my BP checked as a joke.
It came back 152/90.
"NO WAY!" thought I.
I had it measured again 2 weeks later - 146/88 :uhoh21:
Abouta week before graduation, I went camping. I barely made it half way up a hill before I had to stop - my heart was hammering and my chest felt like it was going to explode. My legs felt like rubber. "Wow!", I told myself, "I'm really outta shape!". [Three years ago, I would have climbed twice that distance, at a greater slope, carrying a 30 lbs pack and ammunition without breakig a sweat].
I had my BP measured at graduation 148/88
Three years ago, my BP was 110/75, with a heart rate of 58.
I swore off chips/snacks/salt, cut down on my alcohol intake, became more serious about quitting smoking, reduced saturated fat and red meat intake and started exercising and weight lifting.
I don't know what my BP is now. Some of my friends in nsg. school told me that BP was high from stress of school.... well, to me it just means that my heart wasn't in good condition to deal with stress! BP shouldn't be consistently elevated, right?
Anyways, that was my motivation for losing some weight and getting more exercise - I shouldn't be having BP problems at my age!