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Complications of High Blood Pressure

Posted Mar 31 2010 5:39am

Ever since I’ve been diagnosed with high blood pressure, I’ve been conscious of making positive changes in my life. One change is exercise.

My husband and I have started walking. Each night when he comes home, we take a short 20-minute walk. It’s a good time to talk and unwind. I typically have spent the day writing, sitting in a chair. The active time relieves some stress. The best part about it is that it is so motivating for both of us to walk together.

I have to admit being a little spooked about having high blood pressure. Both my parents had it. I’ve read about risk factors such as retinal vein occlusion that frankly, are very frightening. It makes you respect the added trauma you put on your body when your circulatory system is impacted. The thought that my vision, however, could be affected was surprising.

So, along with the exercise, I’ve begun yoga and meditation. I guess I never realized the stress that I was under. Hopefully, now that I’ve quit the day job (thank goodness!), my stress will abate somewhat.

I feel very motivated. I’m hoping that my doctor will be pleased with my progress when I go back in for my follow-up next week.

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