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Old 08-05-2005, 11:27 PM   #1
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New here, 21 with HBP

Hi everyone,
I'm new here, 21yrs old with HBP. I have had HBP since 13yrs old and the doctors haven't been able to find a cause after many tests. They did however discover I have a left bundle branch blockage (LBBB) and a heart murmur. I'm currently waiting to see a heart specialist to see just how much the LBBB is affecting my BP. My doctor had me on Ramipril until June of last year when I found out I was PG for the first time, he then put me on Aldomet, 250mg 3 times a day which I'm still on. As my PG progressed my BP got higher, at 24 weeks I had Placental Abruption and Logan was stillborn as a result. They said my HBP was the cause, and I also developed preeclampsia because of it. My BP was up to 186/123 before labour. Since then I have had 2 miscarriages, my HBP also being the cause so we have put a family on hold until my health is sorted out. I'm also on Teveten 600mg once a day, I was put on that nearly 2 weeks ago. What happened was I went for a ECG and my BP was 163/115 so I came straight home and took my lunch time tablets, I was sitting at the computer and my heart starts going crazy so I went over to the doctor, my BP was 154/112, HR was 120BPM. The doctor gave me the new meds, I see him again on Monday and he'll check my BP and see if it's come down.
Some more about me. I'm 5"6, 87kg (currently working on losing weight since having Logan) and I smoke about 15-20 a day, I have cut down from 30-40 a day since the heart episode and will eventually (hopefully sooner rather than later) give up. I know doing all this will help my HBP. I also am a very anxious person, it has gotten a bit worse lately, I seem to just be waiting to have a heart attack or stroke since my doctor has told me I'm at a high risk. Do you think it's likely that I will have one? I'm so scared of it happening!
Anyway, I just wanted to introduce myself and give you all some history. I'll let you know how my checkup on Monday goes

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Old 08-06-2005, 12:52 PM   #2
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Re: New here, 21 with HBP

I am 23 with high blood pressure due to being overweight and a huge family history of high BP. I manage it pretty well through medicines, exercise and dieting. There are alot of things you can do to help your blood pressure including STOP SMOKING, buy yourself a home blood pressure monitor, lose weight, exercise, and take time out every day to relax to combat stress and anxiety. Fifteen to twenty cigarettes a day is detrimental to your health, let alone thirty to forty. The nicotine in cigarettes and other tobacco products causes your blood vessels to constrict and your heart to beat faster, which temporarily raises your blood pressure. If you quit smoking or using other tobacco products, you can significantly lower your risk of heart disease and heart attack, as well as help lower your blood pressure. The way you are currently living will have a very adverse effect on your health and you will be headed for a heart attack, stroke, etc in the future. Being overweight, smoking, and stress will aggravate your already existing heart problem. Good luck.

Old 08-06-2005, 05:43 PM   #3
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Re: New here, 21 with HBP

Thanks for the reply. I do realise all that and I'm working hard to give up smoking, start exercising more, eating healthy, even findng out about meditation for the stress/anxiety
I wouldn't be surprised once I've erradicated all those that my BP will come down. I wish I could quit just like that, and believe me I've tried, I couldn't do it, but for me cutting down then giving up is the way to go.
I did have a blood pressure monitor, it broke
So we are working on buying a new one, can't afford it right now but soonish.
Thanks for the reply.

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