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New Getting old is better than the alternative! :)
These things tend to creep up on us.

My wife has just gone through a scare. She was about to go through a stage of a dental implant operation which is the removal of the old tooth and then doing a bone graft to build up a bone base to eventually receive a titanium post which will then get a crown. Anyway, the dental surgeon after measuring her blood pressure several times over half an hour refused to proceed until it is treated. Now, the wife is a "nervous Nellie", so the "white coat syndrome" is a factor, but the hypertension problem is real. So now, her doctor is establishing the level of drug she needs to her blood pressure to a reasonable level.

At home, we are trying hard to use the DASH diet and modify the lifestyle to address the conditions and habits that lead to hypertension.

Hypertension is the silent killer. When it becomes obvious, it may very well be too late.

But, for you, I would suggest getting a good blood pressure monitor, particularly one that remembers prior measurements and could be connected to a computer so you can have a record.

Hypertension is a reflection of how well the arteries are working and affects not only heart muscles with potential heart attacks, the brain with potential strokes, the eyes with damage to tiny blood vessels that feed the eye and also the optic nerve, and of course damage to the kidneys that need to keep the blood clean. It's way more complicated than I said or understand, but you get the idea.

Genetics are a factor for sure, but a lot depends on what you do. Good luck!
Alex

"There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that "my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge."

-- Isaac Asimov
New Re: Getting old is better than the alternative! :)
Lot of people say that but nobody says who told them...
"Religion, n. A daughter of Hope and Fear, explaining to Ignorance the nature of the Unknowable."
~ AMBROSE BIERCE
(1842-1914)
New dental implants /me shivers no thanks
anyway people now think that I used to play hockey
"Science is the belief in the ignorance of the experts" – Richard Feynman
New BP, oh so fun
Mine was eye bleed level about 15 years ago, been on metoprolol since. Went to the oral surgeon a couple of years ago and he said the same. I told him to up the metoprolol during the procedure, and he did.

The key issue is that the local anesthetic they use contains some type of speed to clamp down on the bleeding, which can lead to stroke if you have high BP.
     Genetic legacies and growing older. - (malraux) - (9)
         hope it is just annoyance and not serious! -NT - (boxley)
         At such times - (Ashton)
         Getting old is better than the alternative! :) - (a6l6e6x) - (3)
             Re: Getting old is better than the alternative! :) - (hnick)
             dental implants /me shivers no thanks - (boxley)
             BP, oh so fun - (crazy)
         Sucks. Be well. -NT - (pwhysall)
         Forgot to mention: - (malraux) - (1)
             Stress can do that to you. - (a6l6e6x)

And damn, but I wanted to get involved with a land war in Asia.
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