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Old 05-18-2012, 06:28 PM   #1
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High blood pressure at very young age?

Hello, I am a bit curious about my high blood pressure. I got mine taken a while back and the nurse had told me my blood pressure was 148/87, now I am not sure exactly how high this is but I know it is pretty high and I am only 16 years old. I am a male, 5'9, and weight around 125 pounds. I was very surprised that for my weight and age my blood pressure could be so high, but I guess it makes sense since I do not exercise and my eating habits are horrid. The thing is, a while before this I had gone to the hospital because I was having heart problems. I didn't know exactly what it was but there was times where I became dizzy, light headed, and my heart would start to pound really fast and I would feel chest pain. The doctor told me it was Precordial Catch Syndrome but from what he described I was kind of doubting that it was right. I had an ultrasound appointment a week after that but my mother had cancelled it because she was really sick that weekend, and it's been a few months now and she hasn't made a new appointment. I am just wondering if my blood pressure is indeed something to worry about, and if it would match up with the 'diagnosis' my doctor had given me or if there is something else I should look into.

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Old 05-19-2012, 07:11 AM   #2
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Re: High blood pressure at very young age?

Yes, you high bp could have caused those symptoms. The optimal bp is 120/70. So anything too far above that - particularly the bottom number approaching 100 - is a problem. Sad fact but more and more young people are having these types of issues. Autopsies on soldiers killed in war over the past couple of decades indicates this is a serious issue in our country. Did the doctor talk about better diet and more exercise as a way to lower this? If not, it is certainly worth asking as reversing this trend now is much easier than waiting till you've already damaged your cardio vascular system.

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