I just got diagnosed with hbp 3 days ago, I had symptoms of pressure in my head, headaches, and a choking feeling. Every time I stood up, I felt like I had a brick on my head, a heavy feeling. I went back to the doctors and explained this to him, the night before I went, my bp was 151/109. I had no clue as to why it was so high, I had a problem a long time ago with hbp and took medication for about a week, then it went too low so the doc took me off. Never any problems with it since, well until now. He put me on Lisinopril 10mg daily. I am also overweight, I am 5'9 and 261lbs. I just recently got over a blood clot in my calf, and I am still on coumadin because this was my 2nd clot, the doc is telling me that I am a lifer of coumadin..I am type 2 diabetic and tomorrow (march 20) is my quit smoking day! The doctor told me that what is causing my bp to stay so high is the smoking, I had a TIA 2 weeks ago, and that scared the crap out of me, I am only just 39 and I don't want to die yet, its not my time. SO...tomorrow is the begining of a new life for me, I am starting a new diabetic diet, and quitting smoking, I already started walking...I hope to lose at least 80lbs and never smoke again. I bought some Commit lozenges to help me along the way. The last time I quit smoking I took Zyban (it really works!!) but this time I can't afford it, and I have heard great things from other people taking commit! :bouncing: I think the TIA was a wake up call along with the blood clot. BUT...I am the type of person who doesn't freak out about smoking and the effects, I freak out about the lasting effects...like a stroke, heartattack, etc...I love to smoke and if there was any way I could bypass all of these health problems and STILL smoke I would, but there isn't, so I have my mind made up that quitting is the best thing...I have chest pains all the time, stomach problems a severe case of IBS...and dont' forget the asthma..My cholesterol is 201 but my triglycerides are 490 which is high, but they have come down, they use to be over 1100...SO has anyone out there quit smoking recently and how? also how do you manage your hbp if you aren't a smoker? Does these symptoms ever go away? I just started taking the Lisinopril 3 days ago, and my readings are still averaging 140/95 and higher, any suggestions? Thank You.