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I have had hypertension since 2000. Initially it was 210/110. Medication brought it down a degree but gave me terrible side effects. Since then I have been on every type of medication with more side effects and little overall reduction in the figures.
In 2001 after getting worrying (to them) results during a stress test I had an angiogram that showed my arteries to be clear. I asked the consultant when he came round to see me later "Why"
False positive he said. I said that after chest pains in 1993 I was monitored in hospital for five days before having a stress test where the diagnosed Angina and discharged me with medication and a spray. I did not have chest pain again and my GP said that obviously from my lifestyle that I did not have angina
Double false positive he said and that this time he would see me at his hypertension clinic and sort it out once and for all. His Romanian sidekick did not put that in the discharge letter to my GP. He said if he referred every one with high BP to a hypertension clinic the queue would stretch from his surgery to the hospital. The consultants secretary was no more helpful.
Over the years I have had many 24 hour monitors where the highs and lows are ignored and I am told that it is the average that counts. That is usually around 140/74
In 2011 I was found to have aortic stenosis and had my aortic valve replaced in May 2012. My BP still remained high and consultants and registrars kept on repeating dugs that had previously failed and given me side effects. An angiogram prior to surgery showed my arteries still clear after another false positive in a stress echo cardiogram.
NICE recommends that patients with BP over 168 should be referred to a hypertension clinic. Whether that is a high or an average I'm not clear on.
I live in East Sussex and Googled hypertension clinics. There seem not to be many of them and found one in Brighton that my GP has now referred me to.
I'm not sure what they actually do and fiddling with my meds has been tried a plenty.. I have always had a fairy healthy diet and stopped smoking in 1993. I always walked a lot and have been pretty active. I stopped using salt and sugar in 1983 and very seldom eat processed food.
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