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Posted by Gretchen on November 01, 2000 at 21:51:23:

In Reply to: Re: Anxiety and hypertension posted by Tammy on October 31, 2000 at 08:33:50:

: Yep I do. I started having mine after my daughter was born and then found out I had HBP. I am
: taking Verapamil 240mg for Blood PRessure and Nothing for my anxeity. I have a real fear of this
: disease. I am constantly thinking I am going to have a heart attack or stroke. I am forever taking
: my BP which doesn't help my anxeity any, cause if it's high, I get upset and it just keeps getting
: higher. If you want to talk more about it, my e-mail is [email protected], please
: e-mail me anytime. What does your normal BP run? Mine at home is 130/80, but at the doctors
: it is 140/90, so I think I have White Coat Syndrome.

: Hope to talk to you soon.

: Tammy:

To Tammy & Jason,

It's good to know that there are people out there like me who have the same fears. I'll tell you a little bit about myself and what I think about this evil unknown-caused condition.

I'm 25 years old and have mild hypertension for about 2 years. I am of athletic build, rarely smoke, watch my diet, and am not overweight.Even though I feel calm in the doctor's office, my bp reading has been known to be about 150/100 everytime. Sometimes when I go in it's 140/80 'ish and I have no idea why it goes up and down like that? White coat? who knows.

My Dad has hyptertension but family history doesn't explain everyone's case. I feel VERY strongly now that high blood pressure and anxiety are related. This is my opinion but I have no other explanation and many doctors agree. I do not take any medication right now (I refuse to until I try other methods).

I consider myself to be someone with anxiety and nervousness from time to time but no panic attacks or serious side effects.

If anyone is interested in sharing their stories and support please contact me by email:
[email protected]

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