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.

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