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Posted by beatle on February 23, 2000 at 21:15:23:

In Reply to: I am 16 with high blood pressure...help...please? posted by Dan Frazer on February 23, 2000 at 19:14:04:

: I recently had my 16 b-day physical and they took my blood pressure(BP) the first time. It was 160/90. This is pretty high so i have heard. They thought it was just my nerves so they took it at the end of the exam and it was 149/85 still high. My mom and I still thought it was abnormally high so we went to Kroger and took it and it read 140/80,wich is better but still high. I play tennis for 2 hours 3 days a week, so i don't think it's that i am not fit. I am about 6'0" and 195lbs. Which I consider to be a little overweight but nothing too serious. I have the eating habits of a regular teenager. At least one soda a day, school lunch(pizza with fries or something similar.) I wouldn't consider myself to have a real stressful life, just that of a teenager. I would greatly appreciate any help you can offer because I am concered for my long term health. I would prefer you emailed me, but anyhelp is great. Thank you in advance.

Anything I say should not substitute for advice from your doctor. My suggestion would be to go to Kroger, sit and read a magazine for a full 20-30 minutes and then take your BP. Keep a record of the BPs and than show them to your doctor. Many people get very anxious at the doctor and their BP goes way up. Thats why the doctor took the BP again at the end of the visit. When we talk about BP, we talk about the relaxed, resting BP. You sound otherwise healthy so it is important to keep your eye on your BP in the coming years. It is possible that you start having real high BPs as you age.
beatle1234a@ivillage.com

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