Hi- Do you monitor your BP at home ever? A reading of 140 systolic is high but am wondering if it just spiked in the doctors office, which is common. It may be much lower the rest of the day. It may be worth your while investing in a good home BP monitor before diving into the world of meds.
Your pulse is gorgeous.
Have to say though, that your doctor's complacency about 140 for your age is troubling. It's not okay. By no means is it dangerous at this point but it certainly needs to be watched, Meds don't seems warranted yet.... perhaps you could make some lifestyle changes instead.
Get a home cuff...take your own BP twice a day at the same time for a couple of weeks and see what you come up with. There are really good BP monitors you can buy at drug stores..self-inflatable arm-cuff, automatic. Don't get a wrist or finger monitor. They're not reliable.
Try reducing your sodium intake. Read labels carefully, and don't add table salt when cooking or eating. (Try not to exceed 2400 mgs sodium/salt a day...that's one teaspoon only (TOTAL for the entire day, whether in processed foods or added table salt) VERY TOUGH to follow this!) Get regular exercise, and lose weight if you are overweight.
[This message has been edited by zuzu8 (edited 09-06-2003).]