IMO, there is a big genetic component to it. I have high blood pressure(although not really high - it averaged 145/98 before meds) and yet I have no risk factors other than family history. Even when I was in top cardiovascular shape it was high.
After about 6 months of monitoring and doing everything I could to get it down on it's own, I had to go on meds (Micardis plus) as it just wouldn't budge down consistently.
My Favorite Part Of Lifting Is Having The Opportunity
Meet PR's: (May 2014) Raw Natural
Squat 475 lbs
Bench: 286 lbs
Deadlift: 501 lbs
Total: 1262 lbs
Squat: 495 lbs
Bench: 300 lbs
Deadlift: 520 lbs
Total: 1315 Lbs