Hi Deb, first of all, don't be scared. Be glad that you are being treated. I'm sure you already know what uncontrolled high blood pressure can do. I presume you're on blood pressure medication? I've been on BP meds for many years. This is what I've learned: be sure to take your medication every day. Don't skip it even if you feel 'great' and think you don't need medication. High blood pressure doesn't just go away and come back on different days. You will probably be instructed not to eat food that's highly salted. Life style can affect your blood pressure and actually help it be more in control. If you are overweight, losing weight will help. If you engage in regular exercise ("cardio" especially), on a daily basis, this may also help control it. Biking, walking, running, etc. or any exercise that is sustained for about
30 minutes is not only helpful for the BP but for your heart. I was on two BP medications and when I lost weight and started exercising regularly, the doctor took me off one of them and now I only take one. I would suggest buying a cuff so you can measure your own BP. I bought mine at Costco but you can find them in most any store. Always talk to your doctor if you have any side effects that you are concerned about
. (And this is one of the reasons why the Internet is so helpful as a source of information.) And....don't eat licorice. I've read it raises blood pressure!