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Blood Pressure Story

Editor’s note: This story was originally published in the My Blood Pressure Newsletter. If you are interested in having your blood pressure story told, please email Kellie or Steve at

My Story – Steve Alan

My name is Steve Alan and I am the programmer of the My Blood Pressure software. I am 36, I have high blood pressure, and this is my story.

I wrote an article last year about how I found out I had high blood pressure. You can read the full article

I always suspected that I had high blood pressure … every time I went to the doctor they would tell me that my blood pressure was on the high side, but explain it away as the “White coat effect”. I also tried to avoid the issue; I didn’t want to be labelled as “sick” so I think that unconsciously I became good at giving doctors excuses for my higher than normal readings.

It all came to a head in February 2004. The medical center that I had used for 10 years had closed and I went to a new doctor. My blood pressure was over 200, and she made me promise to go to hospital immediately. I ended up spending 4 days in intensive care, and 6 days in the general hospital, while the doctors looked for a reason for my high blood pressure. The whole thing was a big shock, a really big wake up call.

They didn’t find a reason, but in hindsight I think I know the reason: For years I knew in my heart that my blood pressure was high, but I ignored it, and let it get out of control.

I have seen high blood pressure called the “silent killer”. For me it wasn’t silent … it gave me constant screaming headaches. It has been a bit over a year now since I started taking bp medication and I have not had one headache since. I feel 100% better … if I had known how much better I would feel, I would have done something about it a long time ago. I simply had no idea that high blood pressure was giving me the headaches.

Since writing the first article, I have continued to feel better and better. I have lost 20 kgs (44 pounds), I walk everyday and my diet is better.

I should have lost weight, done more exercise and eaten better before. If I had done that, maybe I wouldn’t have had the problem in the first place. But the bottom line for me is that I didn’t feel like doing any of those things in the past. Starting bp medication made me feel so much better, that losing weight, exercising and eating better was easier to do. In my case, getting headaches all the time did not lend itself to exercising.

Another positive for me is that I now feel that I am in control of my blood pressure. I know what is normal for me and I can see what effects a lifestyle or medication change makes.

blood pressure chart
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As you can see from the chart above, for the past 6 months my blood pressure readings have ranged between systolic: 100-120 and diastolic: 70-80. In October of last year, my doctor reduced my medications, and I could see that it didn’t have an effect on my reading chart.

I ignored my blood pressure for years and felt worse and worse and became very unhealthy. Once I confronted the problem and started dealing with and managing my blood pressure, I felt better and better.


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About Kellie

Kellie is 37 years old and together with her brother Steve makes up the My Health Software team.

She helps on the websites and gathering news for the programs. Kellie worked in the medical industry prior to having her two children (8 and 6) and has a strong interest in self awareness and management of health conditions.