Shouldn't I be concerned?

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I am 25 yr old male. Yesterday at the doctor's office, I got readings of 148 and 160. The doctor said it might have been caused by a stomach virus I had last week (I still have a little gas in my stomach). He told me not to worry about the blood pressure. This morning I had readings of 135 (pre breakfast) and 136 (after 1.5 of speed walking). I didn't have much of an appetite for lunch and only ate less than half of what I usually eat. I haven't had a good appetite for nearly a week. I woke up this morning feeling cold and tense in my muscles. After lunch, I decided to take a nap. I woke up feeling better, but my blood pressure was in the 150s. I am borderline between overweight and obese (5 ft 10. 197 lbs). Shouldn't I be concerned about my blood pressure or just not worry like the doctor said?

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    See a cardiologist or a nephrologist. (Blood pressure doctor)

    Talking to us won't help you.

    Tom

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      You know, that was not I nice response.

      Yes he has to see a cardiologist for sure.

      But asides from that talking to people is what this site is all about.

      Giving motivation, giving home remedies,,exercise, no salt and hearing the success of others is very inspirational and can be a benefit to Leep6 or anyone for that matter.

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    The more the ecercise plus losing a little weight along the way equals lower blood pressure. Worrying about it will make it worse though. So go about your business and keep up the walking and it will pay off. I say this because at one time I was in your position. 5 ' 10" and 205lbs. With b/p of 160 / 86 most of the time. So I did exactly what you're doing and everything straightened out. My biggest problem was worrying about it. So keep it up !
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    I consider that high, I would continue to take blood pressure morning and night. My normal Is 120 over 70

    Best to you.

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    To us its high. But to doctors , not so much. If you're on B/P meds, by all means , continue to take them. Doctors have gotten to where they aren't as concerned about it they way they use to be. But you should continue to monitor it a couple of times a day. Just saying it does no good to obsess over it. But tell your doctor how you feel about it . That you're worried about it and he might start you on it or up your dose. Better safe than sorry. But I wouldn't stop what you're doing to lower it. If it's high every day , then you need some help from your doc. though. But nobody can tell you not to worry about it. Easier said than done.
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    U should be more concerned with your weight I'm afraid to say and what u eat to cause the weight. Once you start eating healthy foods that lower the BP, loose weight to lower the BP u most likely will find your BP back to normal. Weight is one of the most dangerous things that can cause high BP.... I was 66 kilos a month ago. I started eating raw oats, quinoa, chia, avocado, bananas for potassium... Salmon fish and veggies . NO SALT on anything, no foods containing salt and boy do I see the difference, feel the difference.
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    leep6, you need to have your blood pressure level checked three times on different occasions at the surgery to get an average reading.  

    On the other hand, it you are getting those normal readings at home, it is quite possible that you are experiencing what is called 'white coat syndrome' when visiting the GP!

    So do get it checked again - if it is continually found to be raised and 'white coat syndrom' remains a possibility, then take it daily at home three times in succession, recording the average of the last two readings, and take that to your GP.

    An alternative, and I think the best choice when in doubt, is for your GP to fit you with a 24-hour monitor - night-time readings are particularly important.

    You can also help yourself by avoiding all salt and processed foods in your diet, and avoiding caffeine in your drinks.  Also continue that brisk walking - an excellent all round exercise.   But hopefully once you are completely over your stomach virus, everything will normalise anyway as the Dr said.

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      Thank you for your reply. The readings I get at home in the afternoon are consistent with the readings I get at the doctor's office. I am now committed to making lifestyle changes especially cut salt.

       

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      Cut salt out completely.. Every thing u buy check the contents. Change your diet to a good healthy alternative one. Spoon of Raw uncooked and chia seeds and quinoa with chopped up banana, milk and honey in the morning. Avocados, salt less butter. Substitute the salt for something tasty like French mustard of herbs Provence .. No soya Sauce and no MSG.. Veggies and fruit. Bananas especially as they contain potassium. Almonds with no salt but the skin on for a snack at night with an apple. It really is important for the heart, body mind and soul to eat healthy. They say you are what u eat. Lolol but true. Most of the above lowers the BP and hence lowers the weight ( other way around ) and heaps of water. No coffee or decaf instead. Go for it Leep6 U can do it. I did and I didn't give a damn about this before. I ate anything and everything. But boy do I feel one healthy little bumble bee now. What a difference. More energetic, wear better clothes, feel healthy, look better, heart way way way better. The difference is like chalk and cheese. smile
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