Originally Posted by Kattie43
... I do remember a nurse in ER telling me as I was sucking down nitrate after nitrate that once you have high blood pressure you will ALWAYS have high blood pressure. ...
I've had chronically high blood pressure for well over 10 years. My "average" blood pressure as recent as 2003 was 151/96 based on 1032 readings. My "average" blood pressure for all of 2008 was 122/72 based on 2543 readings.
To have lowered my "average" blood pressure from 151/96 to 122/72 it took a strict low-calorie diet
... lifestyle changes
... and taking the Beta Blocker Coreg
So.... even though my "average" blood pressure has been reduced down to a very consistent, healthy level, I still have a chronically high blood pressure problem. If I stray off my daily regimen, my blood pressure would go back up to unhealthier levels.
For instance, during this year, 2009, I've decided to increase the serving size of my meals. As a result, my "average" blood pressure for all of 2009 has increased from last year's 122/72 to this year's 128/74 (based on 1006 readings). It might not seem much, but the peaks are higher this year than last, and the increase is enough to enforce my belief that diet plays a huge role in causing higher blood pressure.
I am responding to the comment from your nurse that, once you get high blood pressure you ALWAYS have high blood pressure. I'm sure that there are exceptions to that, but for me, even with healthy blood pressure levels, I still subject to high blood pressure if I stray off the beaten path.