I just had a routine check up at my local clinic just to make sure all is normal- blood tests etc..
When the GP took my BP it was 148/77 (I'm 32, not overwieght and generally healthy I think- Feeling well and have no headaches or any other symptoms- haven't taken any medications for long time) Anyway, He really didn't think much of it, he said there's nothing to be concerened about, but reading around; i48 always seems to be considered high!
Is that indicative of anything? is it normal? Should I go for a second opinion?
b/p in the Dr's office often goes up 20 points (top number.) The fact that the lower number is 77 may say that 147 is just from going to the Dr's.
I wouldn't get a 2nd opinion, but I would pay attention to diet, exercise, and stress reduction. Make sure that you avoid exercising right before the next appointment. Avoid eating, drinking a lot of any kind of fluid too close to the appointment time. Lose weight if you need too. As you get older, you may have a problem.
Be pro-active & you may avoid HBP later in life. Fam
While your BP may be a little high for someone your age, that was ONE reading, right? Do you have a family history of high BP? Some of us are genetically predisposed to it. Either buy yourself a home BP kit or find a drugstore where you can take your BP once or twice a week for a few weeks and keep a log of it. Do you abuse alcohol? Do you smoke? All these things play into your BP results. I would keep a very close eye on it for for a few weeks and if it's still high, speak with your doctor again. You are so young and you don't want to fight this your whole life. It's a silent killer--there are no symptoms, so get it under control now and enjoy your long life!!
Thank you for the replies.
Both my parents have HBP (I remember my dad taking meds for it for long time) they both over 65 now though. I never smoked, I drink occasionally.
I can probably get rid of some weight (I'm 5.9" around 80KGM (~175P))
It was only one reading but I remember I measured my BP 5 or 6 years ago and it was around ~ 130ies (I hope there's no trend there) But I will get me one of those home P.Kit and try to monitor it- make a log as you suggested. Any suggestion of a device (digitial, manual etc... )
My wife always had a lower bottom number distolic but a much higher sytolic usually 160/70 or 150/70, she was put on lisinipril but it still didn't lower her top number. Recently she was put Lotrell 5/10 which is is 5 mg of Norvasc and 10 mg Benazepril it has been really effective for her usually her readings have been in the 120/70 range. Even though you may feel well if it remains high it could be causing damage. Tests revealed that my wife had only 70% use of her heart also thickening of her heart was revealed.
from what the docs always told me ,,, a good time to get concerned is when the top hits 160 or the bottom goes over 90,,,
last visit to my doc mine was 173/129, he reacted needless to say, mine never ever ran high till i got hurt, now it never seems to amaze me. i walk in and they freak out. they up my medicine and after a few months i walk in and they freak out again. seems like a roller coaster or a mouse on a wheel chasing his tail.
i had once it was 220/160, many times around 170/125
Last edited by broke as a joke; 04-21-2009 at 07:26 AM.
I can sympathize with you 2 nights ago I was hospitalized with bp 215/130 they did a ecocardiogram and stress test, they believe I have pad. I am going to a specialist today to see if they can stabilize my bp, I guess they will change my meds.