Re: high blood pressure at 20?
have you seen your doc for a full physical just to really fully check out all blood labs and functions along with just getting the ECG done to see how your heart rhythems are too? one thing that can raise out BPs has to do with the kidneys/adrenal gland(but can be the kidneys themselves too). just having those kidney functions fully checked and also them doing a fasting blood sugar may help in trying to narrow down all possibles.
when it comes to being able to really fully Dx anything as 'reasons' for certain symptoms, its pretty much a matter of testing the most "likely' things first and either ruling something in or out that would kind of track back any symptoms to the more natural base of operations so to speak? but considering your particular family history here you really DO need probably a bit more in depth evaluating with the cardiac issues/aspect. you just really DO need to know if this is affecting you too right now. high BPs can in some cases be an indicator of underlying cardiac problems too?
the thing here is, what that very top number actually is or tells, the "systolic" number is how much pressure is being exserted upon the arterial walls when the heart is in the 'contraction' phase(filling)? and the bottom/diastolic number is how much pressure is there when the heart is in the "resting" phase(the blood is released and sent out)? so there IS a very direct connection there that just should be checked much more in depth, even despite a younger age. when there is a very strong family history of just about anything really, children can present at just about any time in their own way with some 'familial' types of symptoms of whatever the condition actually just is.
what really is good in all this is that you are already taking good care of yourself. that IS a big plus for you. but DO seek out your primary here for a very in depth physical right now. you just should NOT be having BPs like this at your age. considering everything, i seriously do think he also needs to send you for a really in depth cardiac workup which would include also doing the treadmill stress test too? you just really DO NEED to know how things are going inside right now. good luck with all this testing and please let me know anything you find out, K? marcia
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