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Old 03-21-2009, 05:57 PM   #1
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How old were you when you started taking blood pressure meds?

I'm 55 and still feel like I'm too young for this stuff.

 
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Old 03-21-2009, 06:11 PM   #2
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Re: How old were you when you started taking blood pressure meds?

Started at 27

 
Old 03-21-2009, 06:15 PM   #3
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Re: How old were you when you started taking blood pressure meds?

I started on medicine 3 months from my fiftieth birthday.

 
Old 03-21-2009, 06:20 PM   #4
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Damn, you guys are making me feel old

 
Old 03-21-2009, 06:29 PM   #5
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15 years old!

 
Old 03-22-2009, 01:08 AM   #6
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Re: How old were you when you started taking blood pressure meds?

42 for me. I'm medication-free at the moment (touch wood)
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Re: How old were you when you started taking blood pressure meds?

Early 30's for me. Both parents were in 20's.

 
Old 03-22-2009, 01:44 PM   #8
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Re: How old were you when you started taking blood pressure meds?

My first post, interesting question. I was prescribed 5mg Amlodipine three months ago, I'm 58. Have learnt lots from reading this forum , so thanks.

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Old 03-22-2009, 08:19 PM   #9
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Re: How old were you when you started taking blood pressure meds?

My hypertension began when I was quite young...in my late 20's. I began taking medications in my early 30's. I became "non-compliant" for quite a few years, and by the time I decided to confront my hypertension, it had morphed into malignant hypertension, and resulted in 4 strokes, loss of vision, kidney failure, and a heart attack.

Of course these days, my life depends on being compliant, continuing to learn, continuing to overcome the after effects of my ignorance.

If I would have addressed my hypertension right away, I could have avoided all this. I hope you make a better choice for yourself, at whatever age!

 
Old 03-22-2009, 09:15 PM   #10
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Re: How old were you when you started taking blood pressure meds?

I thought malignant hypertension was something that could not be controlled or very difficult to treat with medication. I didn't know it was something we could make worse.

 
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Re: How old were you when you started taking blood pressure meds?

Hello to all, my first post in answer to an interesting question. Started taking 5mg amlodipine 3 months ago. I'm 58. Have found this forum very informative.

 
Old 03-23-2009, 04:38 PM   #12
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Re: How old were you when you started taking blood pressure meds?

Wow! Many of you must have some hereditary type of high blood pressure.

I developed my high blood pressure almost literally overnight and I mean high!!! #s like 200/100 to start with. A horrific bloody nose was what started everything last month.

I'm still wrangling with the top number which is still (even with bp meds) anywhere from 160 to 185) at any time of the day.

I do remember a nurse in ER telling me as I was sucking down nitrate after nitrate that once you have high blood pressure you will ALWAYS have high blood pressure. I still don't want to believe that but with the kind of high numbers I experienced, I'm scared to go off my meds.

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Old 03-24-2009, 09:10 AM   #13
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... I do remember a nurse in ER telling me as I was sucking down nitrate after nitrate that once you have high blood pressure you will ALWAYS have high blood pressure. ...
I've had chronically high blood pressure for well over 10 years. My "average" blood pressure as recent as 2003 was 151/96 based on 1032 readings. My "average" blood pressure for all of 2008 was 122/72 based on 2543 readings.

To have lowered my "average" blood pressure from 151/96 to 122/72 it took a strict low-calorie diet ... exercise ... lifestyle changes ... and taking the Beta Blocker Coreg.

So.... even though my "average" blood pressure has been reduced down to a very consistent, healthy level, I still have a chronically high blood pressure problem. If I stray off my daily regimen, my blood pressure would go back up to unhealthier levels.

For instance, during this year, 2009, I've decided to increase the serving size of my meals. As a result, my "average" blood pressure for all of 2009 has increased from last year's 122/72 to this year's 128/74 (based on 1006 readings). It might not seem much, but the peaks are higher this year than last, and the increase is enough to enforce my belief that diet plays a huge role in causing higher blood pressure.

I am responding to the comment from your nurse that, once you get high blood pressure you ALWAYS have high blood pressure. I'm sure that there are exceptions to that, but for me, even with healthy blood pressure levels, I still subject to high blood pressure if I stray off the beaten path.
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Re: How old were you when you started taking blood pressure meds?

I was 58 when I started taking bp meds. I'm 59 now. Atenolol has lowered my bp and pulse rate nicely. High blood pressure and heart disease runs in my family and my mother, one of 2 brothers and my father have had a heart attack. I'm the only one that hasn't had one yet and I worry about my health constantly. I wish I came from a healthy family.

 
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Re: How old were you when you started taking blood pressure meds?

I started in my 20's and quit because of side effects. Went back on in my mid-40's because of heart damage from the HBP.
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