High blood pressure

posted 2 months ago in Wellness
Post # 2
Hostess
9632 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL

1) Your doctors need to rule out that you don’t have secondary hypertension caused by an underlying issue like renal stenosis, hyperaldosteronism, or atherosclerosis

2) I have hereditary hypertension. I’ve been controlling my blood pressure with meds since I turned 25. I am now 32. Leaving blood pressure high without taking medication will wreak havoc on your body. Unchecked hypertension can lead to artery disease, heart attack, sudden death, and stroke. I would much rather take a pill once a day than deal with a heart attack that I may not survive. In fact, I have to take my meds 3x a day but it is what it is.

Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’m sorry you’re dealing with this. Sometimes our bodies betray us. I have had high blood pressure for the last 20+ years. I am also 39. My mother had a small stroke when she was 24, so this is something that runs in our family.  The meds will probably make you feel better overall, but I prefer to take my meds at night. They can make you tired, and if you wake up tired it’s just worse. Good luck! 

Post # 5
Hostess
9632 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL

xraychick01 :  Renal artery duplex (ultrasound), 24 hour urinary cortisol (in patient), stress test

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2019

xraychick01 :  I was diagnosed with hypertension when I was 27. I’m not overweight, I eat a healthy pescetarian diet, and there’s no history of hypertension in my family, so my doctors were stumped. I had two renal artery duplexes, an ECG, and eventually a renal catherization/angiogram to rule out stenosis.

Nothing was ever found, so I’ve been on blood pressure meds for almost 5 years now. Like you, I was really disappointed at first at the thought of having to take a medication every day. But now, it doesn’t bother me. I really do feel better being on the meds and I’m glad to know that my body isn’t being damaged by my hypertension.

Post # 8
Hostess
9632 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL

xraychick01 :  Not really, it took me over 5 years to assemble a medical team that would listen to me. It took an endocrinologist to order the tests, as my cardiologist wasn’t interested. But I was so young when it presented (12 years old) that the docs at my current hospital were interested if I had underlying causes to be on the safe side. Sounds like it’s most likely genetic for you too, but it wouldn’t hurt to request a stress test for now.

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