Q:I am 73 years-old, trim, a vegan and I exercise. My blood pressure is extremely variable – going from 190/92 to 167/83 to 135/65 in just one day. I am taking 5 different pills that don’t seem to help. I have been told that since my blood pressure does stay high I have nothing to worry about. However, I have just read 3 studies by doctors that say variability can be more dangerous for stroke or heart attack than a consistent high blood pressure. They suggest a stabilizing drug. What is your opinion about variable blood pressure?
A:Current medical thinking is that variable high blood pressure puts you at risk for a heart attack and stroke. You might want to discuss getting into better control of your blood pressure with your doctor.