I don't go to the doctor very often due to lack of good insurance. So one day in November of last year, I was feeling very dizzy and faint all day. Well I went to the school nurse at my college and my blood pressure came up as 140/100. That was the only thing she found wrong with me. Since then, I've gotten my blood checked regularly with it still being 140/100. When I went home for Christmas, I went to the doctor and it was still 140/100. I got blood work done (kidney/liver tests), an EKG, and a heart echo done. Nothing abnormal came up. But when I went back to the school nurse, it had gone up to 148/106. And afterwards when I went for my echo, it was 157/104.
Anyways, I think I am overreacting right now. But my nurse gave me a pamphlet on blood pressure and strokes, and then I got the idea that the day I was feeling faint and went to the nurse was actually a TIA. It kinda gave me a shock and now I am very worried.
Am I overreacting? Have you had any experience with TIAs? Should I be on the lookout for symptoms of stroke? What are the risks of having high blood pressure at my age? What can I do to bring it down? I'm not overweight, I don't smoke, and it doesn't run in my family.