Why is my blood pressure high?

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So yesterday I visited my doctor for a checkup. I went through all the stuff—height, weight. Then I had my blood pressure taken.

“You’re high,” she said.


“Do you usually have high blood pressure?”

No. Never.

“Well, you’re 151/90. That’s high.”

I was befuddled. I mean, I exercise at least four days a week. I’m a relatively healthy eater. I don’t smoke and I never drink alcohol. My life as a book writer isn’t nearly as stressful as your doctors and lawyers and contractors.

So, what’s changed from last year?

What could cause such a thing?

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