I've gone 28 days with no BP meds and did a tabulation of my numbers. THe 120 readings averaged: 140.7/84.3
How's THAT for a borderline systolic.
In any case, I got a teeny bit scared to carry that around with my proven collection of plaques, MAYBE, so I went to the final leg of my trial: it will be several weeks of just 50 mg. HCTZ. I'd been getting low numbers with 50 mg. losartan (Cozaar) and 50 mg. HCTZ for the last year...except in the doctor's office.
The monotherapy with the ARB was a bust with slightly higher numbers than with NOTHING.
Once I get my thiazide numbers, I'll make a decision...nothing, thiazide, or the combo therapy.
Did that first HCTZ last night open the floodgates all night, or WHAT?