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Apologies for the long post & also thanks in advance for any assistance given.
I am a 23 year old male with high blood pressure and a bit confused about what I can do to lower it. I first learned of my high blood pressure when I was 21 and woke up with very bad chest pains. I dismissed it at first as I had been having similar pains for the previous few years. After about 8 hours I decided to go to the hospital and told them about it. They did ECGs etc. and said there was nothing wrong with me and I should go home. They had noticed that my ECG was abnormal (but were not sure if 'it was normal for me')and that my BP was elevated.
After going back to a private doctor he put me through blood tests / MRI / CT scans / ECGs as well as a 24 hour blood pressure monitor. They also did another test which I can't remember the name of but was a bit like an ultrasound on a pregnant woman. When the results came back he suspected I had a case of pericarditis and was surprised when my blood pressure average came back as 155/90 over 24 hours. I am not overweight, I exercise a few times a week, do not smoke and although I drink more now I didn't drink too much at the time. Admittedly my diet was very bad a couple of years ago and I decided to change it to prevent any further damage.
Being quite stubborn I ignored the doctor's advice to go for thyroid test / adrenal gland tests etc. and hoped it would improve with just a change in diet.
Coming into 2016 (now 23 and still on a fairly good diet/lifestyle and low salt intake) I used a friend's blood pressure monitor and got quite a few averages - from different times of the day during the period of a week - and got readings typically around 170-180/100.
I decided to go back to a doctor last month and gave him the list to have a look at. He sent me off to do a full range of blood tests and everything came back in the normal range - including thyroid tests / cholesterol etc. but my blood pressure was still high when he measured it at 160/100. He prescribed an 80mg ARB dose once per day.
A month of this treatment has gone by and I am still getting readings anywhere around 150-180/85-105.
While I do drink more than I should I otherwise seem quite healty and I am bit concerned that it is still not coming down.
I'd really appreciate any advice / guidance on where I should go from here with my doctor? Is there, perhaps, anything they might have overlooked?
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