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Posted by Curtis on April 04, 2000 at 19:31:18:

In Reply to: Very young for high blood pressue! posted by Andrea Cushing on March 09, 2000 at 16:47:31:

: Im concerned about a friend, she is only 30 years old, and has extremely high blood pressure episodes since pregnancy 2 1/2 years ago. Doctors pretty much ignoring it, gave her betta blockers last week and sent her home. Yesterday, her whole left side of her face and head went numb! She called the doctor and they said its not related and not to worry, also last week her blood pressure went so low she felt sick to her stomach and they said her blood pressure was so low it was like "bottoming out" . . . yet they are not doing any further tests, Im really worried about her, any suggestions??? Please send reply to my e-mail address if possible thank you. acdcsc@home.com

Sounds like this Dr. is suffering from the illusion that women don't get heart disease or hypertension. This has been written up a lot; Doctors don't treat women's illnesses as aggressively as men's, thinking that pre-menopausal women are protected from heart attacks and strokes by estrogen.

Get another doctor, FAST! I agree that this numbness sounds very serious! My sister in law had a stroke (she's 50) and they said she was too young. She had an underlying heart condition that put her at high risk.

-Curtis

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