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Posted by Chuck on June 17, 2000 at 17:15:30:

I am 25 and had my blood pressure checked at a mall health fair and it was 150/95 and they told me to go to my doctor for a checkup because I have a family history of hbp and it has been high in the past. It was 159/97 at the doctors office and he told me to come back again next month for another check and he said if possible I should check it once or twice in between my appointments. Well, I have a monitor at home and I have found that I have been taking my BP many times each day. Occasionally it is normal but it is usually around 140/90. My question is, does taking your blood pressure more often make it high? I am afraid I am taking it too much and worrying too much that it is high. I don't want to go on blood pressure medicine. The doctor said if it's high at the next visit he'll do some tests. I hate needles so I don't want a blood test, and I've never had an EKG so I'm very edgy about that so I keep taking my BP hoping it is low but it is usually high. Am I too woried about my BP and that could be making it high? I don't want to go on medicine at my age. Also, why would a doc do an EKG on someone my age with high blood pressure, and how does an EKG work?

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