I am 28, eat relatively well, and exercise a few times a week. I am by no means the poster child for health, but I have always been fairly healthy. A year ago, which happened to be a few days before I ran the riverbank run, I was told I was
pre-hypertensive. Basically, my blood pressure (BP) was higher than the accepted range and could become problematic if left uncontrolled. I thought to myself, I could control this. I will increase my exercise frequency, reduce salt and caffeine, drink more water, and manage this on my own. I began taking my BP at home and over time, saw no change in my numbers. There were times it would sky rocket, and it really began to scare me after reading about the “silent killer.”
The “silent killer” refers to hypertension, left untreated, because the person did not know they were hypertensive. Hypertension can lead to heart attack and stroke if left untreated. With my family history of cardiac pathologies, I decided to make some life changes to control this on my own.