Tyrell's doctor told him he had high blood pressure, he was shocked.
"I thought, 'Hey, I'm a physical fitness trainer. I'm in great shape. How
could I have high blood pressure?'"
He knew that both of his
parents have high blood pressure. And one of his uncles recently had a stroke.
But Tyrell had always been kind of a health nut. It just didn't seem possible
that he could be sick.
"My doctor put me on two kinds of pills,"
the 35-year-old says. "And for a few months I was really
good about taking them every day. But they made me a little tired, and I got
tired of being tired."
Instead of going back to his doctor, Tyrell
just stopped taking his pills. Then, a few months later, he was working at his
fitness club when he heard sirens. An ambulance had been called because a club
member had collapsed while lifting weights. Tyrell found out the next day that
the club member had had a stroke, probably caused by high blood pressure.
"I learned that it doesn't matter how healthy you feel—if you have
high blood pressure, you're sick and you'd better do something about it,"
Tyrell says. He went back to his doctor, who changed his
The new pills still made him a little tired. But
this time, instead of not taking his pills, he went back to the doctor yet
again. His new combination of blood pressure pills is working well—with no side
"Now I often talk about high blood pressure with my
clients," he says. "I tell them about my own high blood
pressure—which always kind of surprises them—and let them know about the
importance of taking those pills."
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