My GP has just detected high blood pressure when I visted to ask for medical certificate for a marathon in France. It is around 170/115. I am 41 and there are no signs of any underlying causes, and of course I have been doing a hell of a lot of exercise through running.
While we do further tests, the GP has told me to stop running and not to do any vigorous exercise at all. She has also alreday sounded me out about how I would feel about going on medication - and I see that many of the pills have pretty bad side effects.
Although I'm obviously going to follow the GPs advice, I'd appreciate it hearing from other forumites about whether they've been able to continue running with high blood pressure and how it's affected their performance. I'm also pretty worried about these meds. Running is a really, really important part of my life and I don't want to give it up!