Sorry to hear you're having some trouble with your blood pressure
. I agree with your physician that 156/66 is too high. Your blood pressure
should be below 130/80, with lower being even better if tolerated. Many things contribute to high blood pressure including age, genetics, weight, diet, exercise. It sounds like you're on the right track with your exercise. Aggressive diet and exercise can often get patients off of their medications altogether, especially if couple with weight loss.