I never would have thought that I had high blood pressure. I had none of the risk factors, I was a marathon runner. One day I felt funny, my head hurt and I couldn’t raise my arm or speak. My boyfriend called 911. I was rushed to the hospital, I was having a stroke.
At the hospital my blood pressure was 200/120 dangerously high. It continued to be high throughout my treatment. I started taking medication to lower my blood pressure. As I went through rehab, I realized that I must have had this without knowing. It troubled me that I could have a life threatening and not know it.