5 minutes spent with the doctor maybe worth more than 100 posts on arrse - although the blood letting may help. On a serious note, and not wishing to scare the pants off you, check it out if you have concerns. I did and have the scare to prove it.
Get thee to a physician. I have now known two fit Cdo types of my age (mid 40s) drop with strokes not something I want to experience. Deep down, I knew that mine was high for some time but only went to the Doc when I linked headaches during and after phys with the problem. I am now four months into bringing it under control. Medication is one route that the Doc will advise on. Exercise/weight control is self-evident. Diet is another big factor you need to look at how much salt, cheese, caffeine and other no-nos you consume. I had to plead guilty on all counts and am learning to live without these daily joys. Good luck.
Seriously, elovabloke is quite correct. If you are concerned, go to your GP who will send you for a blood test. There are many drugs to control high blood pressure, ie. ACE-inhibitors and Calcium Channel Blockers. Pop down and get it sorted
cheers for the replies, just takes a while, doc took my blood pressure then had it taken again 2weeks later by the nurse, now got another nurse appointment in 1months time.
Would they deffer you from selection for high blood pressure? No history within family, will start cutting the crap out of my diet now and unfortunatly im still in a very stressful job (within a legal office) having weekly deadlines etc often leads to interupted sleep.
Cache 22 being if im deffered for high blood pressure I need to keep my job, keeping my job means huge stress levels which MAY be the reason of my high blood pressure...
Thanks for all the help though, i exercise regularly and ill start cutting down on my salt intake (think mines rather high).
4got what my bottom number is but apparently that was fine, doc said anything up to around 140 for top was ok aswell but mine was about 150 (140 may be fine but shud be on like 125 or so) like I said iv been to the doctors but the process takes a long time, asked about the monitors but is a long waiting list apparently.
All i can do for the moment is sort my diet out, my stress is all work related hence wanting to get into the army, what im worried about is that I get deffered for high blood pressure so have to keep my job which may be the cause of the high blood pressure...
I exercise daily, i run 6miles every other day then days between I do 2 hours in the gym, i belive its a different kind of stress, my job relys on me meating deadlines every week which can mean i get home at 9pm some days, need to keep my job to pay bills/rent etc.
Gedge, am not in the forces but a civvie working in MoD. From experience (been on BP meds for over 10yrs now, its family thing and im a fat lazy git). Had my meds reduced for first time last month was on 3 lots a day, now down to 2 lots (in too see Doc later today for tests).
Look at your life style/diet/relationships etc, biggest drop in my BP came when I split from the EX - BIG drop as stress disappeared over night.