I don't much mention my blood pressure, but it has always been high and I have taken medication for it for several years. I used to worry more about my blood pressure than I did my diabetes, although these days I just take the meds and think "que sera sera".
In fact the only two things in my life which have ever been abnormal (i.e. non-average readings, I hate the word "normal") are my blood pressure and my diabetes. So, when looking for the causes of the stroke, these are prime candidates. Indeed, after the stroke, all of my meds were changed - and I can't help thinking that the meds I took before the stroke were not the most appropriate for me. But my blood pressure, certainly, is a lot lower now than then, back into a recommended range.
These days, I keep tabs on both my sugar and my blood pressure. With my diabetes, I can take the insulin and also balance my sugar levels with what I eat, plus I measure it daily so have many results. With the blood pressure, it's not as easy. I can take the meds, but there's not much else. I can't get the exercise I once did because of my disability, and frankly, even when I cycled hundreds of miles per month, it didn't make much difference. I used to keep sufficient tabs on things even then, to know that. So I'm kind-of left thinking that if a stroke is gonna happen, it's gonna happen. Plus, because there's not as much I can do, I measure it monthly, approximately.
BEFORE YOU START: Please note that although I currently volunteer for both the Stroke Association and Age UK, the views expressed in this blog are strictly my own. I am not a spokesperson for either (or, indeed, for any) organisation. I am based in the UK and the blog therefore has a UK bias - I've tried to use the Glossary to explain any terms which might be ambiguous, but if you think there is anything I've missed, please message me. Lastly, you'll find typos here, although I do my best to correct them. There are reasons for this, which you'll discover as you read.