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Posted by LanDog on March 01, 2000 at 23:09:48:

I hope someone can help me.
I'm a 25 year old white male and have been an active cyclist since 1994 (about when I quit smoking, not sure if that matters). I've been active my entire life and have never had high blood pressure. I was recently told that I was on the verge of high, by a doctore during a routine test. I've monitoring it ever since, and it has been consistantly 150/90 or so. I know that this isn't extremely high, but I'm wondering why it would happen to an athlete. I've been racing my bike for the past 5 or so years, and have been training for ir extensively, so you could say that I'm a fairly good athlete and in great shape (so I thought). I don't smoke anymore, I rarely drink (once every 2 weeks or so, the only caffine I consume is green tea, so I'm not sure why this happening. What are the effects of aerobic training and blood pressure? Shouldn't it lower the levels if anything? I'm going in for tons of tests tommors, chest x-ray, ecg and blood work. CAN I KEEP TRAINING AS HARD AS I'VE BEEN FOR THE PAST FEW YEARS? CYCLING IS MY LIFE. PLEASE HELP

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