When I was a little girl, my grandmother always used to warn me not to run up my paracetamol. I was teased, she says, for that manner of thinking. The newspapers are full of similar advice now. Ever wonder why?
If you think you’re doing fine with your blood pressure, you’re mistaken. Many people have high blood pressure, but there’s a massive group who never experience it. It’s as if your blood pressure is ticking away in a black hole that can’t be seen.
More than a third of the population are secretly suffering from high blood pressure. So many of us feel quite fine until our blood pressure falls just a bit too low, at which point we begin to feel a bit of a pain. When the pressure starts building up again, we panic. It seems you have to have a leak, or a bleed, or something. The more drastic the change in your pressure, the worse it can be.
I’m told the condition, initially known as angina, is an easy to treat. We could all be prescribed blood pressure tablets, perhaps even a weight-loss drug to flush out the stress.
But there’s a problem. There are drugs that target the root of the problem, vasodilators, which change the way blood is pumped around your body. But there are also nerve-blockers. We tried several, like Wayrile to block the process by which body fluids are circulated through the brain. How to do this? It’s a lottery.
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There’s no sign of reverse-angle walking in most diaries. We kept slipping into our gardens and remembering what seemed a long time ago.
Friends, I think they need to be told this. If you think your blood pressure is low, it’s only because you’re waiting for a massive spike to start making you feel less tense.