Thanks Bodom and David. I do plan on talking to my doctors before making any major changes, but i will discuss alternatives to just using medications. My kidneys are already experiencing a reduced functioning because of some of my current medications. So, if i can reduce the meds, it may be helpful.
I didn't have any health problems till about 50. I am now 57. My mom had heart and cholesterol problems and my dad, who will be 92 in a few weeks (and walk circles around me) takes medication for high blood pressure and cholesterol. Unfortunately, some of this may be inherited, but without healthcare till just recently, i could only rarely see a doctor. This probably did not help me maintain the degree of health that my parents had. Besides that, i have not eaten well and have eaten too much at various times in my life. Anyway, i am trying to be on top of things now that i have healthcare. Not sure if i will be able to come back in any meaningful way, but i hope that i can stop or slow down the deterioration.
By the way, i read somewhere yesterday that your arteries often start to lose their elasticity after the age of 50. So those of you who are near or over that age, keep up on how your blood pressure and cholesterol are doing, even if they have been fine in the past.
Lastly, i am okay where it matters right now (frame of mind) and that is most important. Nothing like a visit to the cardiologist to put everything else in perspective