Is Your Hypertension Real or a Money Maker for Pharma?

Laurie Powell

Laurie Powell

Guest Contributor | BIO

You’ve probably heard the phrase, “Hypertension is the Silent Killer.” But, how true is that statement? Are you really at risk of a stroke or a cardiovascular event? Are you dying from high blood pressure? Let’s discuss.

Young woman inspecting a home with a magnifying glass I worked in pharmaceutical marketing for many years. Nearly every drug I worked on treated a lifestyle-related illness. The drugs to treat lifestyle-related illnesses are also the most lucrative for Pharma. Hypertension. Diabetes II. Heart disease. Asthma. Anxiety. Depression. GERD. All of these “disease states” are treatable conditions that may not require medicinal intervention. I’m not a doctor and I’m not providing you medical advice here. Yes, if your blood pressure is measured and is off-the-charts high, by all means, bring it down with a doctor recommended prescription pharmaceutical remedy. But, if you are young, and your blood pressure is slightly elevated, know that you may be able to lower it through diet and lifestyle choices.

Were you aware that pharmaceutical companies pressured the Joint National Committee on Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure (JNC) into lowering the definition of what constitutes hypertension?

The numbers for what was considered normal healthy blood pressure were the same for decades. They were based on the famous Framingham Heart Study. Normal hypertension was systolic 120 over diastolic 80 and anything up to systolic 140 was considered acceptable or high normal.

But, in 2003, the JNC 7 lowered those numbers by five points, both systolic and diastolic to 115/75. Why? Because prescription hypertension medicine is a big money maker for pharma. The wider they cast the net, the more people they can get on a prescription medication. Sometimes two or three. So, your doctor, who is now following the new protocol, will tell you that your blood pressure is elevated – when it’s really within a normal range – and will prescribe medicine to lower it. They even have a new disease state they call “prehypertension.” Like prediabetes, this new condition outlines a protocol for the medical community that sanctions docs to write you a hypertension prescription BEFORE you actually have hypertension! Are you following this? Because I’m having a problem keeping up. And, I know about this stuff.

hypertension In the JNC 8, there was pushback on the previous initiative to raise the “normal” blood pressure numbers back up to where they were. But, you may wonder, why would doctors write prescriptions for slightly elevated blood pressure in otherwise healthy people? Because their business model is dependent on your office visits! If you have to come in regularly to be monitored, they get your co-payment and they get paid by the insurance company. Since it is the nurse who measures your weight and blood pressure during your visit, your doctor only needs to spend a few minutes with you, reviewing the blood pressure numbers that the nurse entered in your chart. The doctor writes your prescription and says, “See you again in three months.” Boom! You pay your co-payment. The insurance company gets billed. The doctor gets paid. The drug store gets paid. The drug companies get paid. Win-win for everyone but you – if you really don’t need the drug. Don’t get me started on the side effects. That’s for another article.

So, it‘s a promising sign to me that there is pushback from the medical establishment in overtreatment, if you will, of patients with blood pressure readings at or above 120/80. Even patients who have kidney disease and or diabetes aren’t necessarily protected from advanced disease outcomes by taking medication for hypertension. The data do not support the position that blood pressure medications are saving lives.

If a patient presents with slightly elevated blood pressure, instead of prescribing medication, which comes with nasty side effects, a better tack would be to discuss lifestyle modifications. Untreated sustained high blood pressure leads to increased risk of heart disease and stroke. There are clear risk factors that are easily managed if the patient makes some simple lifestyle changes. In the case of hypertension, a simple 20 minute walk will reduce blood pressure by 5-10 points. I learned this from a doctor who would measure a patient’s blood pressure and if it was elevated, she would instruct the patient to take a 20 minute walk right then and there outside the office. Then she would again measure their blood pressure after their walk and the patient’s blood pressure would indeed be reduced. The 20 minute walk accomplishes two goals. It reinforces the idea to the doctor and the other practitioners who work at the office that exercise reduces blood pressure. More importantly, the patient experiences it firsthand and is now empowered to exercise more.

High blood pressure can also be reduced with the proper diet. Avoid processed foods. Watch your sodium intake. And, increase your ingestion of foods that are natural diuretics. An acupuncturist I know recommends that her patients juice a few stalks of celery daily and drink the celery juice. It reduces blood pressure very quickly. Lemon, ginger, parsley and apple cider vinegar are all natural diuretics. There are many more foods that lower blood pressure listed here.

Another way to reduce your blood pressure naturally is through meditation. The Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique was proven in clinical trials to reduce blood pressure with regular practice. The clinicians could measure the participants’ blood pressure while they were meditating and saw the numbers come down during TM. I have seen live demonstrations of lowered blood pressure of meditators that are wired to display their vital statistics to the watching audience. The American Heart Association (AHA) reported in its journal, Hypertension, that “it is reasonable for all individuals with blood pressure levels >120/80 mmHg to consider trials of alternative approaches as adjuvant methods to help lower blood pressure when clinically appropriate.” Notice that the AHA is still pushing drugs for pharma even when the clinical trial evidence of the success of alternative therapies is right before their eyes.

My own personal experience was that I passed out while exercising two months into the practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique. Once I regained consciousness on the gurney in the back of the ambulance, the EMTs told me that I fainted because my blood pressure was very low. I told them it was impossible as I had hypertension. But, sure enough, my blood pressure was super low. I was able to suspend use of my blood pressure medication because my blood pressure was reduced by the combination of a healthy diet, regular exercise, and daily meditation.

The website of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states that 1 in 3 Americans have “prehypertension,” a disease state made up by marketers.

The CDC still quotes the JNC 7 systolic and diastolic determination of what constitutes hypertension. Now that you know that those numbers are inflated and not a good marker of who is really at risk of a stroke or coronary event, don’t you wonder how much skin they have in the game? How much of their health information and patient advice comes to you from the marketers at pharmaceutical companies?

Feel free to comment below. And, then go for a walk. It’s good for your heart!

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david phillips

So True it is almost Criminal. I am fighting Back by spreading the word on this DiscoveryThe 1998 Nobel Prize in Medicine was awarded for the discovery of how Nitric Oxide acts as a signaling molecule. One of the Nobel Prize winners wrote a book titled NO More Heart Disease and Proves it is Possible to Naturally PREVENT and even REVERSE Heart Disease and Strokes Great video @

adrian Babashoff

It is said that nobody knows where the 120/80 numbers came from. What study?

old kodger

I am now over 75 years old, I recall two things, as a youngster, riding a bicycle 50 miles 5 days a week, I could run for many miles without getting out of breath, I was as fit as anyone can be. Yet at 16 years old, my blood pressure was 140/80, and my doctor was very happy with that.
The other thing I recall was that back in the ’60’s it was regarded as “normal” for an older person’s BP to be 100+plus his age over 80-90.
So yes I can see the effects of marketing in this area, and I regularly have this discussion with my doctor.


I am also now an older person and remember much the same. I fear the fox has residency in the chicken coop in that government mandates are controlled by those that profit from them. More and more we cannot question what we are told is true. We are now learning the dangers of GMOs and perhaps to many vaccines may be harmful. When I was you we got few vaccines but of course we got measles and other diseases which did not kill us. I remember when polio was rampant and the vaccine to protect us came out. We now find that the Salk vaccine had problems to. I have a serious problem when we have no choose but are forced to comply. This is communism and that is where we are headed.

schalk erasmus

Where was hypertension from the beginning of time until 100 years ago?
Are all animals normotensive except mankind the past 100 years?
Does mankind have defective baroreceptors, periferal feedback and homeostases?
Why don’t most doctors and pharmacists take BP pills?
Answer: Pills are for prescribing and selling – not for using.


I work in a warehouse and so a lot of physical lifting at times, walking 10,000 steps, sometimes less ( depends on what I’m doing that day).
The company has a free once a year screening for full time employees who have health insurance through the company. My BP was 138 over 90 and total cholesterol 46 points higher than normal. I’m trying to lower naturally.
It isn’t easy, but can be done.

Fuller Hunt

Hi Faye! First, if your BP is that high AND you’re walking this much and lifting weights daily, then I would say that your BP is right for you. Cholesterol is NOT a molecule of importance in terms of CVD! In fact, the higher it is the more protective it is. There are many Youtube lectures by MD’s, et al (start with Dr. Ken Berry MD and you will be directed to credible experts), that have reported the truth about cholesterol. The only important lipid markers are your triglyceride:HDL ratio; you want it <3, mine is 0.65, and you find it by dividing the TG/HDL. Lastly, the only proven way of eating to reduce all inflammation (the underlying cause of many modern/western diseases), triglycerides, A1C, diabetes, obesity, etc. is with a Low Carb/High (healthy) fat diet. We have no metabolic or physical requirement for any carbohydrate, only amino acids (protein) and fatty acids (fats). Good luck!

Jesse Bingaman

The whole hypertension thing is all about money and shaming patients. It’s about time we fight back.


I agree. I have been so stressed out over my reading. 144/82. They still keep wanting me to come back for readings. I feel less stress after reading these comments

Wendy Wilson

I AM fighting back! Dr claims I have essential hypertension. I claim it is white coat variety. She wanted to start me on meds. I Express concern about that because of my own history of being really sensitive to side effects, and because I already have orthostatic HYPOtension. I took ONE little pill, which made me feel Drugged the next morning. I didn’t even have the energy to eat breakfast, almost fell asleep talking to my husband at the kitchen table. I called the Pharmacy, they tried to say there was another reason for that. I was fine e the night before, and all mor.ings before I took that pill. Emailed the dr, and she said “That is not usually a side effect of this drug”. They use “Not usually”, and “Rare”, as if they mean ‘Doesn’t happen’, and ‘Not possible’.
I looked it up after that retort, and found that Yes, it is, and it is listed in the more serious effects!! I am standing up to Dr and Rx, and taking care of this on my own.
I am so tired of being Lied to, and brushed off. I have already refused taking statins, since years ago.
We all have rights to Refuse playing their games.


Thank you Timothy for posting this link. Google does a really good job of pushing these types of sites to the end of search when researching medical conditions.


Self education is the only way. The more I read about big pharma the more scary it gets.
I have managed to reduce my b/p by correctly taking my readings and deep breathing
To get more oxygen into your blood.
Also YouTube john Bergman…He’s a life changer

Ross T Stevens

I think it is criminal that there are no protocols for preparing a patient for an accurate BP reading. I’m a truck driver who must pass a DOT physical and I’m amazed how many things can temporarily raise a patient’s BP reading. Dehydration, herbal teas (licorice root), cold, decongestants, NSAIDS, talking to patient, reading over clothing, too small of cuff, to name a few. But, most medical professionals in my experience do NOTHING to eliminate these issues before diagnosing a patient with high BP. The profession should be ashamed of itself for what they put their patients/customers through. Where is the science?

Wendy Wilson

I agree! The nurse has done so many things wrong, each time. Plus, the medical school has bunched everyone in a ‘study’ by having their machines take our b.p. twice in a row, with NO break, and averaging the readings!! After a few times of that nonsense, I noticed my 2nd reading was Always higher, so they made my initial reading falsely higher. I put my foot down, on that bit! They are supposed to wait a few minutes before repeating to be accurate.
Also, I have read that blood pressure tends to be higher in the morning. No more morning appointments for me! If all they off is morning appointments, I will take the latest one, or ask for a different day. I also bought my own monitor, with memory, dates, etc, and push button, to check it myself. My hand got tired pumping up my husband’s old fashioned monitor. Now, I can check anytime I want, and send it to the dr. I’m Not taking anymore of that drugged feeling drug.


This conspiracy to enrich drug companies has been going on for ages …but these new guidelines for BP figures is the limit….how far will big Pharma go to increase their Billions in profits?.. The reality is that the US establishment is just as guilty…

Rudy Lessing

Very important to get educated regarding healthy supplements which will successfully address hypertension in many people- no nasty side effects e.g. L- Arginine / fish peptides/ Hawthorne extract / garlic/CoQ10 just to name a few/ do your own research and monitor it at home and yes get off The couch

Tom M

It’s only a matter of time before they tell you that any reading over 100/60 is hypertension. It’s all BS. Before taking drugs for this “problem” I would try numerous natural remedies which are safer. Every drug you might take has never been proven safe for use for the long term (like several years or even decades). You might have to alter your diet a bit and change your lifestyle a bit, but you never know the true cost of taking drugs, even supposedly harmless painkillers. If drugs are so great, then why do they come with so many side affects? Do you get side affects taking vitamins and minerals (normal doses) or from eating? These side affects are your body rejecting these harmful substances. I just say no to Big Pharma and do not even trust their painkillers. It’s simply a racket to hijack your health, keep you sick, and steal as much of your money as you allow. Hey, even the government approves of these crooks.


I was fired by my dr. today for not doing what she wanted, which is taking bp meds. I refused to be a guinea pig and I was “an unreasonable patient who wants to argue”. I was told we will try several to see which works best. I asked the difference between the meds she told me she didn’t have time she had already wasted enough time on me. “If you’re not going to take the pills then you’re no longer a patient, I said that is wonderful. I went because I have the flu my no was 155/76 pre conversation 166/101 afterwards.

Mr. Bobo

New guidelines from the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology, and nine other health organizations lowered the numbers for the diagnosis of hypertension (high blood pressure) to 130/80 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) and higher for all adults. The previous guidelines set the threshold at 140/90 mm Hg for people younger than age 65 and 150/80 mm Hg for those ages 65 and older.

130/80 is the new marker for ALL adults?

This means 70% to 79% of men ages 55 and older are now classified as having hypertension. That includes many men whose blood pressure had previously been considered healthy.

These new guidelines mean that half country has high blood pressure! How much did Big Pharma pay these people? You would have to be a fool to believe that HALF the country has high blood pressure.

Reading the new guidelines elevated my BP by 20 points!


The foxes are monitoring the hen house but truth is slowing coming to light. Big Pharma has an obscene hold on not only doctors but the government agencies. Many people are questioning our medical system that allows stringent loyalty to only products produced by these companies.
We are finally seeing the truth of GMO s in foods we eat and the cancer that defies the medical system. Also what cause the increasing cases of autism with no explanation except it is not over vaccine inoculation. The industry seems to have a lock on the whole country with the largest lobbyists of all.
Time is long overdue to limit the influence of this group.


The increase in Autism, Alzheimer’s, ADHD, etc. is the massive over-consumption of all carbohydrates. Low carb/high healthy fat and/or carnivore will revers all of these ailments. They are lifestyle diseases. Big Pharma and Big Farm are hand in hand destroying the world.

Whistle Blower

The worst part of the greedy United States drug pushing companies is that 90% of the generic meds prescribed by clueless American doctors are made in corrupt China… Who knows what these commie fools put in their recipe.I have heard horror stories of many patients having strokes and heart issues from taking these brutal meds while never having problems in the past.I took a generic BP med prescribed by my Doctor due to BP of 160 over 90 and had nothing but brutal nightmares like I have never had before.I felt tired all the time so after 1 week I tossed them in the garbage where they belong.I now feel like myself again while taking beet pills ,black garlic and tumeric /ginger pills and monitor my own BP readings myself.I still believe the drug pushing companies are a form of a population decrease agenda instituted by our corrupt Congress that allows these horrific meds to be pedaled to innocent citizens out all around the country out of FEAR they are going to die.NEWS FLASH…Death is a big business and the shadow government believes there is way too many people on the in the U.S and planet as it is. Do yourself a huge favor and don’t listen to the drug pushing Doctors that are brain washed by the Government to make you sicker.


I would like to know what you do when the dentist in my area now refuses to do my needed dental work because they did not like my blood pressure prior to my visit and now I cannot get my teeth worked on until I get paperwork for them with a doctor’s approval. This has been a nightmare for me. I am caught between the dentist and the doctor now and no one will budge – doctor wants to put me on BP meds when just a few years ago my readings would have been considered normal for someone my age (64). I am basically being forced to choose between being put on BP meds or not getting my dental work done (which includes a deep cavity that might require a root canal). I have been going back and forth with this for six months now and truly do not know what to do. I live in California – apparently in a lot of states dentists are not even taking blood pressure prior to the visit. I suspect that most people in that setting would have higher blood pressure readings than are normal for them anyway. If anyone has any suggestions or has had a similar experience, I would sure appreciate some advice.


Marian, seems that I am in the same boat as you. The irony is the big fuss that recently “your cardiac health is linked to your dental health” (watch, another ruse). I do have “borderline” BP that apparently skyrockets at the doctors. And now the dentist. She refused to pull a broken. Rotted tooth. I refuse to take any BS prescription drugs when I’m 56 , fit as a fiddle, have a job where I’m on my feet all day, and have been this way my whole life. They Love to describe the drama of a stroke that I haven’t had yet. I maintain I’ll outlive the doctor and the dentist. Hang in there.


I had my readings from 135/88 fourteen years back to now around 165/100. I am 49 years old. i do not eat Pizza, cheese or Drink or smoke. I am on healthy weight of 145 pounds and do not have any symptoms of high blood pressure. Few things I do is sleep around 6 hours and do not drink more water or exercise. Coffee 2 or maximum 3 cups in a day. But It is always like that and I feel very active throughout the day in office or at home.
I eat rice mostly but not very much into meat etc. Like to eat salty snacks like potato chips etc. But keep avoiding this now and then. Sometimes like to eat Buffet food but it is not often. Never went to Dr for regular checkups but test from the machines in Walmart. I once went for clod and Dr tested my BP and told it is 164. I asked her if I do not have any symptoms then she told it could be Genetic. So I asked my dad who is 81 years old and drinks almost regularly and his reading are 150. So I am lost but not thinking to go to Dr but eat banana , Apple and Garlic. Hope this will help me.


Mohini, please switch your diet to Low carb/High Healthy fat! Watch Dr. Ken Berry, MD Youtube videos for the proper human diet.


Ok, read this article for a friend, So what I read. You don’t disagree that 140/ 90 or higher blood pressure is a problem. You just think meds is the answer, but what if after 5yrs the person has not changed their lifestyle. Should you continue to ignore that they are not going to change and their BP will remain high, and perscribe drugs, or just keep holding out that at some point they will change?


Maybe you should consider how you present change. If it’s done in a shaming fashion then yes, people will ignore you.

If you present it as a partner in the patients health plan, you’d be surprised how compliance increases.


I have white coat syndrom really bad. I have had a lot of injurys in my life . Doctors have always represented pain and suffering for me. Though i have benefited from many in the broken body parts field So i go to a doctor and i get a reading of 200 over 110. They freak out every time. Then i freak out .Its been like this since 16 years old.
I suffer from anxiety and a junctional heart ahryhtmia too . I have been on bp meds since i was 20.
I am 56 now. I got really sick 5 years ago with leptospyrosis and hospitialized from that and a overdose on tylenol do to such severe pain. I did not know about toxicity. I was in hospital and to treat my pain and fever they had to take me off my bp meds. And use ibuprofen that reacted to bp meds My bp was 120 over 80 for 9 days. I had a fever of 103 to 107 for 9 days.i was in total distress yet my bp was normal.
When i left the hospital they told me to resume bp meds.
I did. Then about 6 months ago i decided to stop all together. I average 130 sometimes 140 over 70 or 80 mostly. And i feel 1000 times better. So many side effects are gone. Like 10 different ones . Doctors have lost my trust and while john burgman is a amazing with science He is only about money too just not looking to hand out drugs but get youre 5k for a few neck adjustments. I believe most doctors in usa are killing us. Were like sheep to slaughter.


my mom taking medication for HIGH BP from just 7 days and now she is fine her reading is 120/80 and now she is completely changed her lifestyle like low salt intake and eating fruits & vegetable so can she disconnect the medication please answer me

Focus For Health Team

It’s great to hear that your mother’s health is improving with a lifestyle change. She should still consult her medical professional with any questions about medication.

Thomas Nemec

I really like this post thank you very much. Last year I had extremely high blood pressure due to stress I did take medication for about six months. They’re also trying to talk me into getting a stent. I lost weight ate healthy I’m fine my doctor was very disappointed. I had very good health care and I know he wanted to really make some money off of it. He would downplay the idea of losing weight to lower blood pressure he said you could try it. But it works.

Maryanne Allen

With medicine being such a business it’s difficult to know who to trust anymore. It is up to us to do the research and decide what makes sense. Unfortunately more Americans than not are more concerned with their eyelashes on social media so they don’t take the time to learn. Thank you for this article. Well said.

Urszula Kur

I am so glad to read articles like yours. I have been in claw of medical system and suffered immensely, allergies, asthma, kidney stones, kidney infections, tonsils infections, heart arrhythmia, joint pain, insomnia to mention a few. 17 years ago I cut the medical system from my life…and took charge of my health. Changed acidity of my body, take supplement of turmeric….walk daily, meditate regularily, do a bit of muscle work out. I have cleared majority of my severe allergic, reactions, can breath deeper than I was ever able to and did not have a single wheezing incident for many years, my joints don’t hurt anymore…my hair gets thicker and even regrowth of my darker hair among my gray is noticable. Of course I practice regular fasting and eat healthy. I am healthier now at 61 than I was ever in my life. I tell anybody who comments on my glowing skin or my healthy shiny hair who can not guess my age…that their wellness and health should be in their own hands and not in the medical system that is set up to make money.

Ann Sanders

This is a problem everywhere. Statins are supposed to cure just about everything from high cholesterol to thinning hair! [snake oil] . My new doctor tried to shame me into taking BP meds and when I wouldn’t give in, he was rude and told me I was spoilt. Old school has gone. Yesteryear your doctor wanted to see your tongue, asked you if you had your bowels open (yuck) and di d a very elementary mot on you. Not so now. Doctors are nothing but middle men for the pharmaceuticals and we are all gaining a grave mistrust of them. The game was up with the advent of the internet and more people visiting forums or consulting doctor Google. I have spoken to a consultant cardiologist and he remains unimpressed with the blood pressure gauge. These meds they give you are not going to cure you (they would never do that, they woul lose a customer) and if you have the temerity to ask why they can give you something that will solve it – always the same answer which is very fluffy, ‘we are not really sure’. So how can they be sure they are not doing more damage than good. Now where have I heard this before’FIRST DO NO HARM’. They don’t sign up to that anymore.


This is why I don’t go to regular doctors anymore. I follow all functional who treat problems naturally. They know what the drug companies are up to.


Same with cholesterol levels pushing the cut off lower. It is a shame since cholesterol does not cause heart disease in the first place-inflammation from diet of processed, sugary foods does. So, by taking statins you actually put yourself at more risk of heart disease. I will stick with BP is fine-your age plus 100.


Yes, Hypertension is fake until hit you from behind one day when you are least expecting, with one of the following stroke, vision loss, heart attack, heart failure, kidney problems/failure, and sexual dysfunction. additionally enlarged heart and artery and aorta Its called the silent killer for reason.
Even if they are moving around scales for when the BP is normal to compare when its elevated and then hypertension. I think that’s more evidence that causes of high BP are not properly understood especially, primary hypertension and each new research adds to the puzzle.


Thank you for this article.

For the last two months I’ve been on a rollercoaster of stress and depression, ever since a nurse told me I “might die of a heart attack within 5 years” if I didn’t start medication for blood pressure of 150\100.

Two different medications later – and one that gave me chest pains which frightened the life out of me, and I find myself here.

Serious question: why are anti-hypertensives so dangerous?

Thanks to conventional medicine I’ve developed panic attacks for which paramedics have been called out thrice. I’ve been to A&E twice.

One particular paramedic told me my blood pressure was in fact normal for my age. I couldn’t comprehend what he’d said, especially after the endless warnings I’ve received from doctors and nurses. I was dumbfounded.

My most recent reading was 143/98 – which was after calming down following a panic attack.

Since this nightmare began I’ve lost 14 pounds in weight and I plan to continue with weight loss, as well as changing my diet and exercising more.

I am afraid of Big Pharma.

Fran Crist

I’ve been prescribed propanol but couldn’t get my dr to call my insurance to get it approved then another dr ALLEGEDLY prescribed toporol but my pharmacist never received the call for my prescription. So I’m in a state of constant tachycardia and these meds were to slow my heart rate but I have two concerns…one is my BP is 115/70 to begin with and I’m concerned my BP will bottom out and secondly I am interested if either of these drugs are ones in which the pharmaceutical companies will give a ‘kickback ‘ to the prescribing physician ?

Mike Brintle

The medical industry has been completely taken over by criminals. I no longer trust anything I am told, by almost anyone. I trust only what I research for myself using multiple sources. I took myself off BP meds and statins and before long I felt so much better, I discovered I didn’t need the antidepressants anymore, so out they went as well. It’s just a giant inter-connected scam. Chuck all that poison out, fire the soulless bastards who would give it to you and be happier and healthier!

Joseph G

The VA prescribed me blood pressure meds. At first I figured I needed it because I drank and was out of shape. About 5 years later after having my knees replaced I started to take my blood pressure at 3pm each day three times a few minutes apart. I was shocked at how low it was. My wife was worried I had low blood pressure. A weeks average reading was 105/60 68. I’m 57. I do walk a couple miles each day, so that helps. But I believe I never needed the meds. I talked to my current doctor and he said stop taking them which I did. I feel great.


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