I have had very low blood pressure most of my life. Until this year my average BP has been between 110/65 and 115/70. Imagine my shock to have one come up 144/88 last week. It was a big enough difference to motivate me into some lifestyle changes. I have never tried to limit my salt intake before, but that has been pretty easy. We choose healthy stuff most of the time and I already cooked low-sodium meals for Oscar, I just stopped adding salt to my plate. I have also upped my exercising from 2-3 sessions a week, to daily. And I already feel better (happier, more energetic). All this on the advice of my doctor, who praised me for being proactive. After Dad's stroke, it was not a hard choice to make, and the execution this first week has been easier than I would have thought.
It has been so easy, in fact, I wonder why it took me so long?
Anyway, I feel pretty lucky that these small changes can make a big difference in health.
My blood pressure this afternoon? 117/72