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I'm confused about how to feel regarding my blood pressure. A little background: I just turned 31, and have no history of BP problems in my family. I'm very slightly overweight, have never smoked, vegetarian, occasional drinker. The one thing I have against me is that I don't exercise as much as I should. I walk a bit each day because I take buses to work, and the bus stops are several blocks from my house. But other than that, my dedication to a workout routine has been sporadic at best. I do it for a while, then stop, then pick it again ... etc.

I also have high anxiety. Several years ago I went for a checkup and had slightly high BP. Ever since then, I have worried about what my BP would be, and it's always high in the doctor's office. I got a home monitor, but ended up being nervous whenever I take it at home too.

The other day at my doctor's exam, my BP was 158/80. My doc was concerned and told me to monitor it at home and report back. Like I said, I get anxious even when taking it at home, so I'm not sure these results are totally accurate, but yesterday I took it several times and got an average of about 145/80. (Some readings were in the 150s systolic, and some were in the 130s and 140s.)

Tonight, I got an initial reading of 146/88, but then 3 consecutive readings of high 130s/80s.

I don't know if I should be on medication or not. Part of me thinks it would be better to just bite the bullet and take medication "just in case" - because I don't want to suffer any long term consequences from my BP shooting up every time I'm anxious. But another part of me feels like that would be admitting defeat somehow ... I don't want to be a person with high blood pressure. That makes me feel vulnerable, like I'm more at risk for heart disease all of a sudden (which I know is silly, because the meds would helping me, not hurting me ... but I feel anxious about being in that "classification").

Sorry this is so long ... can anyone relate?
[QUOTE=sugarplum_pdx]I'm confused about how to feel regarding my blood pressure. A little background: I just turned 31, and have no history of BP problems in my family. I'm very slightly overweight, have never smoked, vegetarian, occasional drinker. The one thing I have against me is that I don't exercise as much as I should. I walk a bit each day because I take buses to work, and the bus stops are several blocks from my house. But other than that, my dedication to a workout routine has been sporadic at best. I do it for a while, then stop, then pick it again ... etc.

I also have high anxiety. Several years ago I went for a checkup and had slightly high BP. Ever since then, I have worried about what my BP would be, and it's always high in the doctor's office. I got a home monitor, but ended up being nervous whenever I take it at home too.

The other day at my doctor's exam, my BP was 158/80. My doc was concerned and told me to monitor it at home and report back. Like I said, I get anxious even when taking it at home, so I'm not sure these results are totally accurate, but yesterday I took it several times and got an average of about 145/80. (Some readings were in the 150s systolic, and some were in the 130s and 140s.)

Tonight, I got an initial reading of 146/88, but then 3 consecutive readings of high 130s/80s.

I don't know if I should be on medication or not. Part of me thinks it would be better to just bite the bullet and take medication "just in case" - because I don't want to suffer any long term consequences from my BP shooting up every time I'm anxious. But another part of me feels like that would be admitting defeat somehow ... I don't want to be a person with high blood pressure. That makes me feel vulnerable, like I'm more at risk for heart disease all of a sudden (which I know is silly, because the meds would helping me, not hurting me ... but I feel anxious about being in that "classification").

Sorry this is so long ... can anyone relate?[/QUOTE]

My systolic is also much higer than my diastolic and its been like this for about two months (155/95). I've done just about everything to bring this down. You name it, I've done it. Let me quote from a Medical Book, "the difference between the systolic and diastolic blood pressure is referred to as pulse pressure. If the number chronically exceeds 60 (mine does) advanced atherosclerosis is usually present. I'm 63 so I'm far more concerned than someone your age. Yes, I could take medication to reduce my blood pressure but if I do have heart disease the underlining problem is still there. Before you submit to medication try exercising. This is what I've just started doing. Also, next time you do for a doctors visit bring your blood pressure with you and compare it to the doctors reading. Mild hypertension means the systolic is from 140-159 and the diastolic is 90 - 99. You're in danger once it goes above 180/110. You need to be certain you're getting sufficient magnesium, calcium and potassium. You can purchase these three in liquid form. Take 2 oz a day. I just purchased this product yesterday. I'm hoping to see some improvements. Let medication be your last resort. You may be taking care of one problem and causing others. Drugs are dangerous.





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