Bees I go the the Cardiologist today and I'm 26…

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@FutureDrAtkins:  Be proactive.  Keep your appointments.  Ask for advice on lifestyle changes you can make now and do them.

Some recommendations based on my family history of heart disease and high cholesterol:

Do not smoke, ever.  Smoking is horrible for your heart.

Exercise regularly.  At least half an hour of cardio 3+ days per week; more if the doctor recommends it.

Cut out canned and pre-packaged foods as much as possible and toss out the salt shaker entirely.  It takes time to get used to it but you can get used to a super low sodium diet.  We do fresh or frozen fruits and veggies only.  My Fitness Pal is a great way to see how much sodium you are eating every day.

Reduce red meat in your diet.  We replaced ground beef with ground turkey for tacos and burgers.  We may eat red meat once a week at the most.  Most of our meals are chicken, turkey, or fish.

When you go out try to order smarter because most restaurant meals taste so good because they are packed with salt.  Drink lots of water at your meals out and regularly to flush sodium from your system more quickly.  The best thing I ever did was learn how to cook for myself so I can control everything that goes into a dish.  

Post # 4
7654 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@FutureDrAtkins:  No one in my family has passed on from it, but my dad has high blood pressure. I am 25 years old, and I deal with it as well. They kept shrugging it off as the same thing as they did with you–they thought I was just nervous at my appointments.

I started having dizzy spells/headaches and all this other junk (I had low Vitamin D and high cholesterol) in July, so they sent me home with a BP monitor, and it was high at home. They ended up putting me on a low dose of high blood pressure medication, and after a week of that, my BP evened out correctly. It was great. Then I got pregnant and they removed me from the pills. So far when I have went in my BP was been normal, but I know being pregnant can affect that, so they are just watching it closely.

I guess the only thing I can suggest is cutting out as much salt as possible, which you said you already did. Make sure to stay until 2000mg of sodium per day. I track all mine. No pre-packaged meal (although I am guilty), buy everything low sodium, and really, really watch soups. Always make your own with raw ingredients.

Good luck. It’s scary to be so young and have issues. I feel for you as someone with high bp, high cholesterol, and a vitamin d deficinecy.


Post # 5
1386 posts
Bumble bee

Yep.  I had to wear a 24 hour blood pressure monitor in my early 20’s.  My BP was closer to 160/100.  Eating properly and exercising did nothing for me.  And I am a group fitness instructor.  I was against meds for a long time but finally gave in.  My homeopath says there is a test she can do to see if it is because I have smaller veins/arteries or if it is the amount of blood but I have to go off meds for a month and I am not sure how much the test costs.  Someday maybe.  Until then, I take my meds and try to eat well and exercise.  Stressing about it isn’t going to help.

Post # 6
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

My Dad had his first quad bypass at 47.

I’m lucky, take after my Mom, and have incredibly low numbers.

Definitely keep working out. Even if your work outs are 30 minutes a night of walking after dinner, that’s better than nothing!

My Grandma is a cardiologist (she used to work in NYC), and she told my Dad post heart attack that she saw two kinds of people. Those that ate well but exercised infrequently (who she saw again and again for surgery), and those that exercised obsessively and ate like crap on the weekends (that she only saw for check-ups)

Post # 7
637 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@FutureDrAtkins:  I’m 27 and I’ve recently started having heightend BP at the doctors office (anywhere from 130/85 to 150/95). However, I take it at home and it’s in the normal range (120/80). My doctor told me to keep an eye on it at home and let him know if it starts creeping into the high range there. I think mine likely is elevated due to “white coat syndrome” but it’s definitely concerning to me. I also think I’m just a high-strung person in general, and all this wedding planning isn’t helping things either! ha

Given your history, it’s great you’re being proactive. They can get you on the right meds to manage it. Don’t stress out about it – it will only make things worse. Best of luck to you!

Post # 8
8850 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

@FutureDrAtkins: Oh poor thing!  Scary!  I’m sorry about your dad 🙁  No advice to add to the good advice here, but just wanted to send internet hugs.

Post # 11
2661 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

@FutureDrAtkins:  Holy crap, are you me? I’m 25 (26 in December) and I just had to pick up some blood pressure medication this morning. I went to the OBGYN yesterday and they took my blood pressure twice (beginning and end of appointment) and it was high both times. I was prescribed some low dose blood pressure meds and had to promise that I would get a PCP appointment by the end of next week to get checked out.

My dad died of a heart attack at 42 and both of his parents died in their early 60s of heart attacks as well. I’m not sure if it was hypertension or cholestorol issues, but either way it’s a concern.

I felt awful yesterday being told I needed to get checked for hypertension, I felt like I failed a test and was doing something wrong. I’ve been trying to eat better lately and I run. So I feel like I’m in trouble or something.

Now I’m all freaked out that something is definitely wrong though, because now that I think about it, I’m often very aware of my heart rate. Like I can feel it a lot. I chalked it up to being anxious, but maybe I’m not actually anxious, just have high blood pressure and it’s making me think that I’m anxious about something (even when there’s nothing to be anxious about). I’m also very aware of it when I’m trying to go to bed…it can make it difficult to fall asleep.

So…you’re not alone…and I’m glad to hear I’m not alone, either.

ETA: I also thought it had to do with being at the dr’s office, but now that I think about it, it might be high all the time.

Post # 12
294 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015


My 0.02

I think it’s a great idea that you’re seeing a cardiologist! I know you say that you have a family history of cardiac disease. I think it would probably be a good bet that the cardiologist will do an EKG as well as an ECHO. The ECHO is similar to an ultrasound over your heart (I know you work in Cardiology so you probably know what I’m talking about). The ECHO can look at blood flow, constriction and dilation of the heart. They may also do a Stress ECHO where they have you run on a treadmill and see if there is any hypokenesis (low movement) of the heart. If the ECHO is normal- you could ask for coronary angiography. This is where they look at the blood flow of the coronary vessels. This will show you whether you have any blockages etc. 

I would definitely second those who posted above regarding excercising and eating a healthy diet.

Post # 13
1386 posts
Bumble bee

@FutureDrAtkins:  I was never allowed on BC pills because of my high blood pressure.  I finally talked my  doctor into letting me have them and within two months I developed a major blood clot.  I’m surprised they didn’t take you off the pill yet.

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