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Old 01-29-2013, 04:58 PM   #1
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My blood pressure is high, am I going to die or what?

Just measured my blood pressure again using one of those meters at the local pharmacy. The reading was 140/75 yesterday and 150/80 today.
Should I got to a doctor immediately or is this one of those things where I can try to eat less salt and check again in a couple of weeks? Keep in mind, medical care is free and the walkin in clinic is two blocks away from where I live. I am lazy as **** though.

I am 28 years old, 5"10, 175 pounds. Used to be overweight at 220 but have dropped down to about 165 over 4 years and now trying to maintain 170-175 while leaning out some more. I lift weights and do 30 minutes of cardio 1-3 times a week. I snowboard and bike in the summer and try to keep fairly active.

I smoked for over 10 years, trying to quit since Jan 2nd. I've slipped a few times, smoked maybe 20 cigarettes in total this month.
I drink quite a bit every weekend but rarely if at all during the week.

I try to eat fairly healthy, mostly chicken/red meat/veggies/rice/protein shakes/fruit during the week. I don't every put salt on anything but have not been watching my sodium intake specifically. On weekends, sometimes it is restaurant/pub food/take out and rarely very healthy.

Also, my dad has high blood pressure so this may be hereditary.

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Old 01-29-2013, 05:02 PM   #2
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eat mostly veggies and fruit and it will drop in no time.
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Old 01-29-2013, 05:07 PM   #5
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Old 01-29-2013, 05:07 PM   #6
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Yep, death is inevitable...

But in all honesty if you Google a bit an learn more detail about the numbers and what they all mean I think you'll get a better understanding. Both numbers are of course important, however keeping an eye on the Diastolic (second) number has a higher importance I have been told. As you are between 75-80 this is in the normal range. Your increased Systolic numbers are to be concerned with. At these levels I would consider it to be per-hypertnesion and something to an eye on.

Keep going back to the pharmacy and keep a record of it on a excel spreadsheet or something. Go once every few days for a couple weeks and see where your average sits....this is very likely what a doctor will tell you to do anyways.

I have a horrible habit of having my BP going through the roof when I go into doctor's offices and the like white coat syndrome. So one reading often should not overly concern you and cause panic.

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Old 01-29-2013, 05:41 PM   #7
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Just go to the walk in clinic. Peace of mind, right?
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Old 01-29-2013, 05:43 PM   #8
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Should probably see a licensed physician to diagnose problems and offer solutions to improve health...instead asks forum dedicated to a 2 generation old BMW for medical advice.
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You should see a doctor and watch your redmeat/processed food intake. At your age (I imagine you're young) that is pretty serious. You should also engage in some carbo workouts.
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used to have high blood pressure 160/90 and that was because was eating too much salt, fried food and not enough water.
Also family has history of high blood pressure.
you def need to see doctor to bring that blood pressure down. make sure to drink lots of water and excerise at least 3 times a week.
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eat mostly veggies and fruit and it will drop in no time.
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Old 01-29-2013, 09:30 PM   #16
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yes, see dr. as soon as possible and he might recommend you trying the diet dash

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Old 01-29-2013, 09:36 PM   #17
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eat right, low salt and stop smoking. You might be nervous when u took the test the 2nd time...so that might explain the higher BP.
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Old 01-30-2013, 01:24 AM   #18
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Time to go in and get a physical. Get used to them, at some point in your life you will reach an age where you get one every year.
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Low salt diet (lot's of salt in deli meat, chips, and other processed food), more cardio, lower weight, and especially see a doctor etc. like others have said. Also, next time you are at the pharmacy get one of those home bp machines. Take it once or twice a day and keep a list for the doctor. For some people at least it can vary a lot during the day, from day to day, and month to month.

Mine was borderline high, then too low, now usually decent with some high and some too low.
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