Recently I visited my doctor to have her look at one of my fingers that had been giving me pain and a little swelling. She took some x-rays to make sure I hadn’t broken it or that there was no sign of arthritis. Luckily, everything came back normal from the x-rays and we concluded it was from overuse with my computer at work and at home.
In the meantime, her assistant had also taken my weight and blood pressure. I already know that I am about 15 pounds over my ideal body weight but was shockingly surprised that my blood pressure was elevated. I had never had blood pressure problems in the past and this gave me great anxiety.
My first thought (fear) was of having heart disease and probably “stroking out” at some point and not being around to see my 5 year old son grow up. I had been diagnosed with high cholesterol about two years ago and was prescribed medication which has kept it under control but this NEW diagnosis has thrown me for a loop.
Being a pharmacist, I know that many serious things can come about from high cholesterol PLUS high blood pressure. Of course, my doctor gave me a handout on some of the lifestyle changes that I need to make to keep my blood pressure under control and TRUST I am on it.
First, I must give up my sedentary lifestyle meaning I need to exercise on a regular basis
2. The salt shaker must be removed from my table
3. Read my package labeling for sodium content
4. Avoid processed foods
5. Season my foods instead with herbs and spices
I am grateful that I went to the doctor for something totally different and this issue was brought to my attention. High blood pressure can be a silent killer in many women.
Make sure you keep a watchful eye on your blood pressure by checking it at least once per month at your local pharmacy.