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Old 02-27-2009, 09:06 AM   #1
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220/140 - I was declared medical emergency!

Hi,

I am 26yr, white, male, 94kgs, 1.74m tall.

Today, I went to a specialist for my asthma who declared me a medical emergency with a blood pressure of 220/140 after 5 minutes into the consultation.

I FEEL FINE !

Went to the emergency out patients, nurse confirmed my blood pressure twice with the last reading of 221/138.

One hour later a specialist confirmed my blood pressure at 220/140 on another machine.

If I had medical aid they would not of allowed me to leave the hospital, but seeing as there were no beds available and I said I was feeling perfectly fine, after the urine test they allowed me to leave.

Blood tests should be available tomorrow morning.

 
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Re: 220/140 - I was declared medical emergency!

They let you leave with pressure like that? I am speechless.

 
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Re: 220/140 - I was declared medical emergency!

Did they give you some meds? Let's hope so. Ask if you can safely take aspirin to prevent blood clots. Make sure you are drinking enough fluids but don't drink too much at once because drinking 16 ounces at one sitting can raise one's b/p 20 points for two hrs. Fluids will help prevent a blood clot that could lead to a stroke.

My b/p zips up fast too so I know the anxiety that comes with that. Find some relaxing music & quiet activities to do for the time being. Avoid lifting weights which can increase your b/p. Decrease your stress.

Your Asthma meds may be the source of your b/p increase so check out the side effects of them & any other meds you are taking as well as any supplements etc. Have your been under any unusual stress?

There is probably a cause since you are so young. Please let us know how you are doing. Fam

 
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Did they give you some meds? Let's hope so.
Yea ...
amloc 10mg (amlodipine 10mg) - once per day
puresis 40mg - every 12 hours

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Ask if you can safely take aspirin to prevent blood clots. Make sure you are drinking enough fluids but don't drink too much at once because drinking 16 ounces at one sitting can raise one's b/p 20 points for two hrs. Fluids will help prevent a blood clot that could lead to a stroke.
I didn't ask about asprin. The doctor on call in the emergency unit specializes in high blood pressure caused by things which are not primary causes of high blood pressure.

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My b/p zips up fast too so I know the anxiety that comes with that. Find some relaxing music & quiet activities to do for the time being. Avoid lifting weights which can increase your b/p. Decrease your stress.
Yea, busy doing that ... taking it easy and checking my b/p every hour


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Your Asthma meds may be the source of your b/p increase so check out the side effects of them & any other meds you are taking as well as any supplements etc.
Not taken my Asthma meds this week, I wanted the tests with the asthma specialist to be as true as possible, only to be whisked away after 5 mins to the emergency room



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My job is VERY stressfull, but thats usual ... but today was very calm, so I'm quite surprised I have this problem and very scared of what my b/p is on bad days


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There is probably a cause since you are so young. Please let us know how you are doing. Fam
b/p was 171/110 93 when I got home (wife drove me)

Took meds above 30 mins after getting home, ate dinner, 1hr after 175/122 81

Its now about 4 hours after I got home...
168/126 95 - left arm
177/113 88 - right arm

Taken with a Omron M6 Comfort. Next time I will not watch the numbers count up.

Lowest reading tonight is 152/114 97, 1hr ago.

Doctor said my condition must be monitored and if it goes up again to return to the emergency room immediately. Hence why taking the readings every hour

 
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Re: 220/140 - I was declared medical emergency!

you diastolic and pulse are still high... systolic is high but better than eariler. hopefully it will keep going down. took me a good 2 weeks to get decent numbers and a month to get optimal.

 
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you diastolic and pulse are still high... systolic is high but better than eariler. hopefully it will keep going down. took me a good 2 weeks to get decent numbers and a month to get optimal.
190/122 86 measured at hospital. Doctor on duty released me home as my reading at home before going to the hospital was 140/96.

Got back home, 162/103 88

99% sure anxiety has something to do with it, doctor also suspects the same thing, if I look at the machine while its measuring the reading is about 10 higher.

Getting some chill pills from the pharmacy to calm me down a bit.

 
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Don't look at the machine. Distract yourself. I tried everything from eating spagetti to mentally going through my to do list which worked the best for me.

One time I took a ice cream cone (MacDonald's) to my Endo's. My b/p was 120/70 yet at other Dr's it is of often 210/90 & at home it is 120/70. I've had a lot of very scary experiences which have made me vulnerable to b/p spikes. Plus I was hyperthyroid when this all started. Do all you can to not get into the stimulus/ response mode. Fam

 
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Don't look at the machine. Distract yourself. I tried everything from eating spagetti to mentally going through my to do list which worked the best for me.
Yea ... seems to jump 10 points on the second reading if I look, else the results are pretty much the same.

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One time I took a ice cream cone (MacDonald's) to my Endo's. My b/p was 120/70 yet at other Dr's it is of often 210/90 & at home it is 120/70. I've had a lot of very scary experiences which have made me vulnerable to b/p spikes. Plus I was hyperthyroid when this all started. Do all you can to not get into the stimulus/ response mode. Fam
Nah ... all I'm doing at the moment is testing various foods and things I do and see what impact they have .... doing this I've managed to get down to 126/86

 
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Oh ... another thing.

I have what looks like stretch marks on my tummy (but they are very red and wide), the doctor was pretty shocked when he saw them and told me straight away that they are from STEROIDS!!!!

Now I am shocked .... at no time have I taken any steriods that I knew about

The thing is I think they may of started about 5-8yr ago ... at which time I was barely even taking asthma meds.

So I don't know.

 
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One time I took a ice cream cone (MacDonald's) to my Endo's. My b/p was 120/70 yet at other Dr's it is of often 210/90 & at home it is 120/70. I've had a lot of very scary experiences which have made me vulnerable to b/p spikes. Plus I was hyperthyroid when this all started. Do all you can to not get into the stimulus/ response mode. Fam

lol I think anything from mcdonalds would make my BP spike also! Thatplace is horrrrrible!

 
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Re: 220/140 - I was declared medical emergency!

Prolonged hypertension is very dangerous. I have survived 4 hypertensive strokes, kidney failure, loss of eyesight and heart damage. You've got to get this under control before it turns into malignant hypertension. That is when your BP begins to cause irreperable organ damage. It damages the organs with the tiniest capillaries, your eyes, your kidneys, your brain, etc.

Your BP's are way to high. Don't stop until you find a doctor that can treat you effectively. I wish you well, keep us posted.

Labile hypertension is when BP is raised by environmental issues, stress, external factors. Your BP's are way too high to be labile, in my opinion. Of course I respect the opinions of the other poster's, as each of us have had differant experiences.

 
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Re: 220/140 - I was declared medical emergency!

Ok ... went back to hospital.

Before I left i was around 160/120. When they took it there (due to anxiety i think) I was 207/126.

The nurse freaked out, called the doctor who did the usual tests. And the back of the eye test.

She was not happy with the result, wanted to admit me (to the government hospital ). She then referred to the doctor that saw me on friday who said I was doing a bit better.

He said there was no significant changes in my condition. He did look over my BP readins and on the weekend I got down to 120/80 +-. If it was not for that he would of admitted me and put me on an IV to bring my BP down.

He said as long as I get better and don't get worse, he thinks I'm not in imminent danger.

I'm going back tomorrow morning for a ultrasound of I think my kidneys, then got 3 x 24hr pee test bottles that I must get back to them on Friday.

 
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Re: 220/140 - I was declared medical emergency!

I hope you get to the bottom of this quickly, you are much to young for this.

 
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New meds!!! down to 127/86

Amlodipine
Enalapril
Furosemide

I think they added Enalapril. I read that a side effect is "this may cause very low blood pressure" YEY!

 
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whats the difference between Furosemide
and hydrochlozide ( spelled wrong sorry)

I take Azor 5/40 and hydro 12.5 which I think is pretty muich the same thing you are on. just 2 pills. trying to get down to one pill. lol

 
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