Ashley Payne was a college student at the University of Kentucky when she learned she had high blood pressure, or hypertension, during a regular checkup.
“It was a big shocker — I wasn’t the typical picture of high blood pressure,” said Payne, who was not overweight and ate a healthy diet.
For 10 years, she took blood pressure medicine that kept her condition under control. But that changed when she got pregnant with her first child. She was the most fit she’d ever been, but despite changing medications her blood pressure continued to rise.