Blood Pressure

I don’t much mention my blood pressure, but it has always been high and I have taken medication for it for several years. I used to worry more about my blood pressure than I did my diabetes, although these days I just take the meds and think “que sera sera”.

In fact the only two things in my life which have ever been abnormal (i.e. non-average readings, I hate the word “normal”) are my blood pressure and my diabetes. So, when looking for the causes of the stroke, these are prime candidates. Indeed, after the stroke, all of my meds were changed – and I can’t help thinking that the meds I took before the stroke were not the most appropriate for me. But my blood pressure, certainly, is a lot lower now than then, back into a recommended range.

These days, I keep tabs on both my sugar and my blood pressure. With my diabetes, I can take the insulin and also balance my sugar levels with what I eat, plus I measure it daily so have many results. With the blood pressure, it’s not as easy. I can take the meds, but there’s not much else. I can’t get the exercise I once did because of my disability, and frankly, even when I cycled hundreds of miles per month, it didn’t make much difference. I used to keep sufficient tabs on things even then, to know that. So I’m kind-of left thinking that if a stroke is gonna happen, it’s gonna happen. Plus, because there’s not as much I can do, I measure it monthly, approximately.

Author: Stroke Survivor UK

For many years I designed and developed IT systems for big banks. I had a stroke a couple of years ago, aged pre-50! I have returned to developing things from home, not quite at the levels I used to, but saves on the travel! My time is also filled with some voluntary work for the UK charities Age UK and the [UK] Stroke Association. Incidentally, I created this account with the alias "sca11y" but have since aligned it with the name of my blog.

One thought on “Blood Pressure”

  1. Sod's law. I was up at the hospital yesterday for some tests, and they asked to check my blood pressure. So, not checked in months and now twice in 24 hours. At lest, since this reading was also good, I can conclude that there is not a great deal to gain by going to the doctor's surgery

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