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Old 05-04-19, 12:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Hondo Gravel View Post
It hovers around 140/90

They've moved the goalposts on you.

20 years ago, that would have been upper-normal.

Now you are at the lower-elevated... perhaps even mid-elevated.
Putting "pre-hypertension" between 120/80 and 139/89. Hypertension at 140/90 or greater.
This one defines 130/80 to 139/89 as "stage one hypertension, but treatment varies in that range, and is only aggressively treated at over 140/90.

Anyway, you're still at the upper borderline range.

I'm in the low 50's now.

I've had a BP that hovered around 140/90 for many years. And, my HR was rarely under 70 BPM.

Now, I've cut out nearly all coffee (rarely decaffeinated, and occasional half and half when driving which is rare). Almost no sodas of any type etc. Still like the theobromine though.

I've increased cycling mileage from say 1000 to 2000 miles a year to 5000 to 8000 miles a year.

I can't say there haven't been changes with how I've been taking measurements, but my BP has dropped by about 10 to 20mm Hg (systolic & diastolic), and my HR varies a lot, but bottoms out in the mid 50's.

Oh, I've also had an "Essential Tremor" for most of my life.

It is now essentially gone in my left hand. I still have it in my right hand, but can almost control it (tremor when I want, none when I don't, good for video games which are rare).

Personally, I'd rather manage with diet and exercise than taking pills forever.

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