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Old 04-18-2003, 03:32 AM   #1
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My 16 year old sons blood pressure is 144/88. It was checked the day before this reading, and read 138/86. The next day both times it read 144/88. We thought it was the accutane he was on, but Dr. said no. Told us to watch it, that we may want to go to family Dr. He's 5'8" and weighs 148 lbs. Is this something we should be concerned about, and what is a "normal" reading?

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Old 04-19-2003, 11:42 AM   #2
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I am 16... and when I stress,my bp goes up to 150/88 and I take 10mg of Propranolol, and it works like a miracle... my bp drops to 110/67

How is your sons diet? Is he getting enough potassium, calcium, and magnesium?

By the way, with out the propranolol, my bp is 110/67... but I stress out too much, and get too anxious, and propranolol helps to keep my bp from not going too high like 150/88

 
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He gets lots of calcium...he's always eating something, and it's not a lot of junk food. He use to take a multivitamin, but hasn't in quite some time now. His dermatologist said they would check his BP the next time he went in. I guess it would be okay to wait and see when they recheck it, then if it's still high, I could take him in to the family Dr.

Thanks for the info.

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one or two high bp readings is not necessarily a reason to dx high blood pressure..if your son was anxious at all its going to reflect in his bp..try taking his bp at home when he is in his normal routine and see what it is..then if its high you might want to get him in to see his primary care physician..good luck :-)

 
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Hi- Your son's elevated blood pressure may be a fluke and of no consequence whatsoever. However, your gut instinct about Accutane is not totally inappropriate. One of the known adverse effects of Accutane can be a kidney problem called glomerulonephritis. This can cause high blood pressure.
In children ages 15-18 the very upper limits of "normal" BP are 135/85-90. Higher than that is not normal. I don't think it would be a bad idea to see the family doctor sooner rather than later to get a good blood work-up and to evaluate your son's kidney function. This very well may be Accutane related and if so, discontinuing the drug would be essential in order to reverse the kidney problem. Try not to wait too long on this...it may be nothing at all, but your gut said Accutane and you may indeed be right.


 
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ZUZU ~ Right now, he gets blood work done once a month, but I'm assuming they're not checking for kidney function here. It must be other things they're looking at. His blood work has always come back normal.

Thanks for the advice.

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If his blood work is normal, that's a great sign, although a comprehensive urinalysis is also needed to ascertain normal kidney function. Your son is probably fine, but if his BP remains elevated, you might want to talk to the doctor about further evaluation. Good luck!
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Thank you, ZUZU. I'll definately keep my eyes on him. I'm sure everything is fine, since he's such a laid back kid.....
I'll have it checked in a week "just to see" how it's going. We'll go from there..........

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Hi everyone im 18 and have been dealing with this high bp thing since first doctor visit and it was 200/85 scary huh for a 17 yr old at that time. ur son should get ekg echo and stres test done. ive had those and they were normal but my concern is that my bp has still reamined in hte high category. i weigh 155 and im 6 2" strange im skinny... but mom grandfather and aunt have high bp. so one day i decided to stop by the firestation to get my pressure checked and surprisingly it was 198/102- everyone was shocked so now im scard to get my pressure taken ne where. i even have a machine at hope. Lately my pulse has been upper 90's and ive felt a pressure in my right upper part of the arm. and ive had some chest pains that last for a few minutes. this is scary for only an 18 yr old now. NE one have some advice on wat to do next. my heart tests were normal and were done a yr and half ago.

make sure your son gets some help cuz from what i hear this high bp is serious for anyone at any age and scars me a lot.... thanks CJ

 
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