Wow! My head was spinning trying to keep up with the enthusiastic responses to this topic!
But...what we HAVE found out from those who actually participated in this exercise (12 votes right now):
1. MS patients do NOT all share the same blood pressure status -- nor do they even share a predominant one, such as mostly hi or mostly lo.
2. Just as I expected...no one really gives a crap.
And that may be because BP is just not recognized as having anything to do with MS anyway. And I suspect, if more were to click on the little vote thingy (It's really easy to do after all, people. Humor me.
) that it would show we're similar to the rest of the population.
I hoped someone would also come up with general info because my computer is giving me fits when I try to research, but I did take the time to look up statistics at the American Heart Association, where they say:
http://www.americanheart.org/presenter. ... ifier=4621
One in three adults has high blood pressure.
And our poll, as limited & unscientific as it is,
so far shows 1/3 with HBP.
As for tzootsi's comment:
Don't know if there is any connection to MS & blood pressure. Maybe it depends on where the CCSVI blockage is?
As for CCSVI, I'm excited as all get out about the expected research it's bringing, but I fear that it will not be so quick & easy to fix as its most fervent proponents expect it to be. It sounds like the types of blockages are as varied as the disease presentation we've already found in MS patients: Every single one of us has a completely unique version of MS!
My prediction is that if CCSVI is proven to have a major connection to MS, though, the mere idea will turn the entire world of medicine upside down, and not just the MS world. I get chills when I think of its potential to jolt every research group right out of whatever rut they've been in and re-examine their own project from a new angle.
Even the issue of high blood pressure.
Wishing good health & good attitudes to all.