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I am a bit concerned about my health, and currently have OCD worrying about my blood pressure quite a bit. Quick background is that I am 28 y/o, and I have had elevated blood pressure ever since my 20's. It fluctuates widely - for the most part, I average around 130/70 on a consistent basis. Whenever I am truly relaxed and stress free, it will go down to 120/65. However, I have had a very stressful job and very stressful career, so I take my BP while I'm at work during my breaks, and it will shoot up to 140/85, sometimes even 150/85 whenever I give a presentation or during a very stressful time at work. However, after about a good 5 minutes of just breathing and relaxing, it will go back down to between 125/65 to 130/70.
I do this on almost a daily basis and have figured out the trend that yes, my job is stressful, and yes, I need to learn to somehow manage my stress while I'm at work.
Also want to add that I was a good 35 pounds overweight. I shedded 35 pounds which has definitely helped. I am 5 feet 9 inches, and my current weight is 160 lb (normal range). I am trying to drop another 10-20 pounds to help with my blood pressure, because I really want to stay below the 120/70 threshold. Ideally, I would like my BP in the realm of 110/70 on a daily basis. I have read too much about how high BP is a major issue and therefore have taken the necessary steps to really keep it down as much as possible. I have been dieting and exercising everyday, which definitely helps with it. However, the hardest part right now is keeping my BP down while I'm at work due to a stressful job (a lot of thinking, programming, math, solving complex problems, etc). This is something I need to somehow manage. Also, I would like to add I do have anxiety issues and stress myself out a lot pretty easily. I've been seeing a therapist to help with my anxiety because its definitely affecting my health and BP.
I have gone to numerous doctors about this issue (i.e. a cardiologist and my primary care physician doctor). I've passed all the tests (EKG, echocardiogram, stress test, etc). Both doctors passed me as a healthy 28 y/o. However, it really disturbs me that my BP can peak up to 140 to 150 systolic while I'm at work. I don't see how this will be sustainable in the long run if my BP keeps peaking this high while I work on a daily basis.
Is there a cause for concern? I know me worrying about this issue definitely doesn't help my BP either. The fact that I am pretty young and my systolic averages between 130 to 140 systolic has got me worried.
Any advice would be appreciated, thank you.
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