Hi there ~
All that you mention in your history for your husband, including exposure to ticks, an alcohol problem, family history of heart attack
, physical stressors and recent chest pain
along with exposure to varnish and his inherent non-modifiable risks of being a middle aged male are contributing factors to his hypertension
(high blood pressure
). I believe that using relaxation strategies like breathing exercises - pranayama, yoga, meditation
, regular scheduled activities as well as exercises are helpful with the high blood pressure. These are non-medical interventions. Modification of lifestyle including diet is one part and using medications is another. It is always helpful to seek the expert advise of a qualified doctor or your family practitioner with regards to any persistent problems.
I hope this helps. Take care and have a good day !