Don't Believe the Hype
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: chicagoland area
Bikes: 1999 Steelman SR525, 2002 Lightspeed Ultimate, 1988 Trek 830, 2008 Scott Addict
this is a personal decison for you to make. blood pressure measures both the pressure that your blood is pumped out of the heart during the heart pump/stroke (systolic, or upper number) and the pressure of the blood as it returns to your heart (diastolic, or the pressure while your heart is in between beats...or at rest)
over time, your plumbing, which includes your valves and veins and arteries wear down due to the stress, or pressure over time. remember...your body never forgets...ever. when pressure is high, the vital organs get gyped out of blood and oxygen carrying capabilities. the organs that rely on blood perfusion the most are the kidneys, eyes, brain and skin. over time the increased pressure takes its toll on organ systems.
when the bottom number is elevated above 90, there is usually an indication that the pressure is too extreme for the blood returning to the heart and the heart's valves wear out quicker. usually this requires a water pill as your ankles and wrists tend to swell.
there is more but i won't bore you with all this.
anytime you redistribute the force with which the blood is pumped, you will have some dizziness, fatigue and yes....possibly some erectile dysfunction. effects are varied.