So many people seem to have high blood pressure, it seems normal, almost like it’s unavoidable. I feel silly for thinking that now. High blood pressure isn’t just something to just accept.
I refuse to let something I can prevent cut my life short. I really don’t have time for that.
We’re in the midst of a pandemic, some acute instances regarding police violence, structural and racial inequities — all of which are added stressors that we must name and identify in order to better protect our heart health.
I know my blood pressure has been higher lately. Watching the news. Family deaths. First Kobe. Then COVID. Then the racial tension. Plus, my family has a higher chance of having strokes by age 50. It’s a lot. But, when it comes to the meds and the readings, I take it seriously.
When I found out 10 years ago that I had high blood pressure, had I really focused on some simple lifestyle changes I may not still be taking medication today. I’m ready to make a change.