Wednesday, January 24, 2007

A word to the ignorant...

As you know pre Christmas I was having issues with high blood pressure and so the other day I thought I would get it checked again. When I first realised my blood pressure was high it was the 16th November and it sat at 151mmHg/92mmHg. Since then I have trained 3 - 5 times a week, watched my diet and lost a stone. Keeping that in mind and with my head held high I wandered into the chemist straight from a 40 minute brisk walk to get my blood pressure taken. Only to be hit with the reality that my blood pressure stood at a whopping 164mmHg/90mmHg. Why so high, I was gutted!!


So I made an appointment with my doctor and yesterday he took another reading. Whilst doing so I shared with him the story and as I did he started to smile. I could have slapped him as he mocked the afflicted and then with sudden relief I could have kissed him for his insight. He, as he gently chuckled, told me that my blood pressure would naturally be high after exercise. He then went on to tell me that my blood pressure was better than his and as of yesterday now stands at 134mmHg/82mmHg. What a result… So my advice – never take your blood pressure after exercise, apparently your meant to wait until you have recover your breath and then wait a further 15 minutes.

More statistical analysis of my current health will shortly follow…

2 comments:

dave wiggins said...

you're doing well pete, another stone before the setanta starts and we'll go for a sneaky beer

The Wee Brown-Eyed Girl said...

I just love the line: "training 3-5 times a week, watched my diet and lost a stone"! You have achieved so much and it's really cool the way you're seeing results! Flippin' class!