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As far back as i can remember before menopause, I consistently had low blood pressure readings; generally less than 110 for systolic and less than 70 for diastolic. Since experiencing menopause over seven years ago, my blood pressure has been creeping up slowly such that it's usually in the hypertension reach when measured at the doctor's office (over 130/80). My bp readings at home are closer to "normal", but certainly not in the low range which it used to be. I'm trying avoid going on medication (I've read the bp threads on the triathlon forums). I'm low weight/bmi, eat predominantly a plant based diet, and run at least 30 miles per week and finish on or near the podium in my AG. I semi-retired from tri's about three years ago. Have any of you noticed such increases in your bp after menopause - not just a slight increase, but an increase from low bp to hypertension levels? My late father was on bp medication, as is my older brother, but neither of them exercised or ate clean as I do.
Yes, and I coincidentally just made an appt with my PCP this morning for an overall heart health checkup as a follow-up to it.
Interestingly, I had an ECG done recently as part of the comprehensive evaluation to be a living kidney donor. The ECG came back showing "possible anterior infarc, age unrelated." It didn't seem to concern the transplant team, and my osteopath at a followup said she thought it was a function of where the electrodes were placed. Chances are, the genetic predisposition to hypertension might be creeping in, but I'm trying biofeedback and healthy living to try to counter it. If I end up needing medication, I'll go that route but prefer to avoid it for as long as possible. Stress seems to be the biggest factor in my bp readings.