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Stress led to Hypertension

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 – Michael Stichel

As far as I know I have had high blood pressure since my childhood – sometimes more, sometimes less.
This seems to be related to a part of my family but not all of them – some kind of heritage ..;-)

But there are other dependencies – the worst one was smoking. I used to smoke almost 3 packs a day for a long time, plus good food and the good german beer.

In 1999 I felt so terrible that I stopped smoking right away – I just threw them away and did not touch any kind of tobacco anymore up to now. I felt better but started to eat cookies, any kind of chocolate e.t.c. resulting in more than 16 Kg overweight.

Last year in January I was close to reaching the 90 Kg Level from 70 Kg 6 years ago with 169 cm height.

Then I started to do sports again – same as I did 15 years ago – martial arts, jogging, swimming, Inliners, walking. In May 2005 I reached 80 Kg. My sporting activities increased and I felt very good for a while with an “acceptable” BP.

Mid August my BP reached the 180-190 over 90-110 levels sporadically, and then it did not turn back to lower values. I felt dizzy from time to time and also had headaches. That was the point when I went to the Doctor. My Heart was checked and physically everything seems to be o.k. So I assume, that the present workload in my Job and some additional “bad thoughts” out of a private situation might cause this trouble.

However, I`m monitoring my BP with the My Blood Pressure software quite carefully.

I did it sporadically for a while since I bought my license, but since August 22nd I measure my BP twice a day. Presently my average BP is at 120-130 over 75-85 – but with a little help of the chemical industry. ;-) ) But the tendency goes clearly down to normal values, and I hope I can get off these pills again sooner or later.

Michael Stichel, Stuttgart, Germany


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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.