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I am 34, in decent shape, and have run 5 half marathons in the last year. I was training to run the Paris marathon this year.
However, I have been diagnosed with high blood pressure (hypertension), and have since started taking medication (Nebivolol).
My blood pressure is now under control, but prior to this was around 145/85 at home, and up to 170/100 when at the doctor surgery.
There is a history of high blood pressure in my family, and my 32 year-old brother is also about to start medication.
The worst thing is that my doctor advised me that I should forget all about running a marathon. He said that there is a serious risk of brain injury if blood pressure goes up during a long, gruelling run.
My question is: Are there any other people in my boat out there who have been told the same thing? Is it really as dangerous as my doctor is making out?
I really just wanted to run one marathon and that would have been it for me...