As I see it, here’s what happened: a mature guy who should know better gets a little sloppy with his cholesterol and blood pressure meds. As time goes by, he and his wife are out enjoying nature every day, hiking their butts off, and as a result his knees get sore. Now he adds Aleve or Ibuprofen to lessen the pain. Time goes on and he gets a horrendous cold. As he gets sicker and sicker he self-medicates with cold meds and cough syrups.
Our hero is unaware that each of these very consumer friendly, over-the-counter medications causes a severe run up of his blood pressure making he, his wife and his doctors think he is having a stroke. His new-found neurologist friend congratulates him on doing such an excellent job of creating his very own “extreme high blood pressure event” and almost killing himself.
Fortunately our guy does no permanent damage to himself or his body.