A Question About High Blood Pressure in 29 year old male?

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   Posted 10/23/2009 2:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Should I be concerned that my blood pressure is on the high side at such a young age?
I've been experiencing bad headaches/dizzyness for about two months.  Well, yesterday I went to get steroid injections in my shoulders--I've had chronic back/shoulder pain for 10 years--though never headaches.  The nurse saw my blood pressure reading at 151/101.  She said that was really high and that I should go to my doctor after I got my injections.
I went to my family physician and he was out of the office, so one of his nurse practitioners looked at me.  My BP was now 154/102 at that point in time.  She gave me two weeks worth of samples for the drug "Benicar" 20MG.  Told me to check back in two weeks.
-I have ZERO history of high blood pressure in my family 
-I do not excercise
-I do eat fairly well
-I am not overweight
Three questions,
1) Should I go ahead and schedule a full physical w/ my actual doctor?  Check the adrenals/kidneys?
2) Is it typical for blood pressure to read that high--without any underlying deeper issues?
3) Can I expect for the Benicar to correct my blood pressure and for my blood pressure to return back to normal for good(sans medication).   Can it sorta "course-correct"?  Since I'm ONLY 29 years old--I don't know what is up??
Hopefully this is the right forum--thanks!!

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   Posted 10/23/2009 6:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Probably not.

Hypertension always has a cause. In older people, and in some younger people, it's atherosclerosis. This puts you at risk for heart attacks and stroke. It can also be caused by kidney condtions, certain tumors and many other things. It's never normal, so you need to get it checked out.
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   Posted 10/23/2009 9:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Judy... That's what I figured.  I think after 10 years of severe chronic pain, my body is finally starting to break down on me.  It could handle the agony for a while, just kept me bed-ridden and w/out a job most of the time.  But it hasn't attacked any of my organs until, MAYBE, now...
Oh well... Maybe one day I'll put humpty dumpty back together.

Thanks again,


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   Posted 12/22/2009 5:43 AM (GMT -6)   
You said Bed ridden -I do not exercise

There is a good chance a few things are happening

1) Your salt intake is high and your water consumption is low
2) You need daily exercise, even if its just 30 minutes of walking
3) Eat food high in L-Arginine (unsalted Walnuts almonds, etc) a 1/4 cup a day will make a big diff

Read the sodium content of EVERYTHING you eat, do not use a salt shaker or add salt to anything. In most cases there is already plenty in our diets

Drink lots of water, whatever amount you feel is a lot, double it. Look at a gallon a day goal

Stop Coffee and Soda, high levels of caffeine can give you short bursts of HBP

You want to correct this asap to prevent thickening of the heart muscle, Benicar is very good for reversing thickening. There are also several other medication paths that you can take, but 1st try to get your diet to do this for you

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   Posted 12/22/2009 10:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Good Morning All,

FYI only, Two forms of high blood pressure have been described: essential (or primary) hypertension and secondary hypertension. Essential hypertension is a far more common condition and accounts for 95% of hypertension. The cause of essential hypertension is multifactorial, that is, there are several factors whose combined effects produce hypertension. In secondary hypertension, which accounts for 5% of hypertension, the high blood pressure is secondary to (caused by) a specific abnormality in one of the organs or systems of the body.

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   Posted 1/2/2010 1:12 AM (GMT -6)   
"Corticosteroids can induce hypertension." Lots of info on steroids and hypertension on the internet.

The stress of getting a "shot" can elevate blood pressure.

You need to monitor and record your blood pressure for several weeks. (Am-Noon-pm) I would NOT do it just after eating a meal.

I cannot take steroids because for me it causes very severe elevation of my blood pressure. I had to go the emergency room because the elevated blood pressure caused "fluttering" in my chest.

Most blood pressure meds have unwanted side-effects.

The old good diet, exercise lower stress, learn to relax is the most desirable solution. I recommend you then consider seeing a Board Certified Cardiologist if pressure stays elevated.

Eliminating a physical cause is very important. A complete physical is in order.



Types of Medications

There are eight types of medications for the treatment of hypertension:

20% of patients do not respond positively to any type of medication-based treatment.

Diuretics - Commonly known as "water pills", reduce the amount of body fluids.

Beta blockers - Work to lower your heart beat.

Angiotensin Converting Enzyme (ACE) Inhibitors - Repress the production of angiotensin, which narrows the blood vessels.

Angiotensin II Receptor Blockers - Block the action of angiotensin.

Calcium Channel Blockers - Block the calcium channels in the muscle cells of the artery walls.

Alpha blockers - Reduce the stimulating effect of the hormone norepinepherine on the muscles of the smaller arteries.

Central Acting Agents - Prevent brain signals from speeding your heart rate and narrowing your arteries.

Direct Vasodilators - Prevent the tightening of muscles in the artery walls.






Post Edited (Braindaed) : 1/2/2010 5:13:54 AM (GMT-7)

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