Genetic hypertension?

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I have been prescribed Amlodipine 5mg and more recently 10mg . I have what I consider borderline high blood pressure and possible  'white coat syndrome'  as its always higher in the presence of Gp. I am suffering with swollen ankles and legs as a result of the highe dose. As I lead a fairly active life and have a healthy diet the Gp has concluded that I must have a genetically high BP ? How can this be assumed ? I have been told that whatever I do .exercise,diet , etc it will never reduce my blood pressure . Has anyone ever been advised the same?

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    Just about everything I have heard is that a combination of blood pressure meds is the most effective treatment.  After my bout with Amlodipine, my doctor has me on Metoprolol (a Calcium Channel Blocker) and Losartan HCTZ which is an angiotensin receptor blocker in combination with a diuretic.  The combination has been very effective in controlling my blood pressure.  
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      cpwood...just so you know, Metropolol is NOT a Calcium Channel Blocker..it IS a Beta Blocker & is not in the class at all of Calcium Channel Blockers.
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