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I'm fairly young (35) and was recently diagnosed with severe hypertension. I had not gotten my blood pressure tested in about 5 years, but when I went to the doctor for a routine checkup 9 months ago they found my blood pressure to be 194/124!
The following months of blood tests, CT's, MRIs, and EKGs found nothing. I am in decent shape, my BMI is 25, the only thing I can think of that caused this was a terrible diet (nothing but meats and cheeses) and I may have developed sleep apnea since my wife tells me sometimes I snore pretty loud. This was dismissed by my doctor with no tests. I was obviously put on a high does of bp medications (almodipine/valsartan).
I am now on a pretty strict diet, I workout 5 times a week and have lost 15 pounds, my BP is somewhat normal it ranges from 105-125/75-85, (when I let go and eat everything in sight it does spike) but being so young I would like to at least cut down the dosage of my medication. This has been a very stressful time, I have not been able to be the happy person I once was, go out to dinner with friends, have a couple drinks because of the anxiety I have that it will increase my bp. If anyone has suggestions on what else I can do I'd love to hear.
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