I'm glad to see you posting on the forum.
You've mentioned that you have a family history of hypertension and
strokes as well as heart attacks. One of the most helpful things you can do is to purchase a blood pressure monitor (the best one you can afford) and keep a daily record of your blood pressure when you get up each morning--before showering and dressing or having breakfast.
Your readings daily will either reassure you that your blood pressure
is stable or that you need to discuss with your doctor whether you need a change in meds or an additional beta blocker. Your physician
would be very interested to see your monthly report on daily records
of your heartbeat and blood pressure at a resting state. If you wish
also to record these items when you're under stress, that will give your
doctor a clue about
whether you need to add an additional medication to your schedule to secure safety of the heart function.
Stress does all kinds of things to us, including affecting the adrenal
glands secretion and that can affect the heartbeat readily.
The suggestions by your friends above are also very important; never underestimate the need to relax when under stress.
Let us know how you get along, won't you?
Here's a suggested heart record design:
Heart Record for Physician 2011
A= before a meal
B= after a meal
Date Time Heartbeat Blood Pressure Weight
1/03 6:30 A.M. B 72 120/82 125
Post Edited (It's Genetic) : 3/18/2011 11:07:33 AM (GMT-6)