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Is this anxiety-- not beleive it can cause this...

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  • Posted By: New MKE User
  • October 24, 2006
  • 03:07 PM

Can 2 panic attacks in a lifetime and a type A personality cause high blood pressure?

I have always been very healthy. I am 28 years old, 5'4.5'', 108 pounds. I exercise 3-4 times per week and played college sports. I have low bad cholesterol and high good cholestoral. Bad Cholesteral is 100, good is 72. Glucose is 80 (so good). I do not eat red meat, virtually no processed foods, lots of veggies. I do not smoke, do not drink. My grandma developed high blood pressure at 62. Neither parent, none of my aunts have it (do not have siblings).

The only medication I have ever taken is birth control pills (never bothered me for 5+ years).

Anyways-- i do have a stressful job (65+ hour weeks and a lot of travel). About 1.5 months ago I had what was diagnosed as a panic attack (I had EKGs, blood work, full physical, etc at an emergency room as I thought I was having a heart attack). Only abnormally while there was "slightly low potassium" (.1 under the lowest in the normal range). Said not to worry about it as it was common in a panic attack, but had high blood pressure (145/90) whilte there having this attack.

2 days later went to my gyno for my annual pap smear again, my blood pressure was elevated 140/90.

Then went to my regular physican for a full physical 1 week later--- again the blood pressure was 140/90.

Prior to this panic attack, my blood pressure was always 110/70 (for every appointment I have ever had-- each year since I can remember and happened to have a reading from June (so 3 months before the panic attack).

My family doctor says that she doubts I actually have high blood pressure and it is the anxiety, so she wants me to take Lexapro or Xanax. I am leary of taking a medication and she said to try bio-feedback.

I am very worried as I have since then taken my blood pressure at Target several times... 125/80, 135/90, 118/75, 130/70, 145/90 have been the readings.

What should I do? Should I take Lexapro or Xanax. I am so upset as I do everything that I can do be very healthy and to get high blood pressure this young would be devastating to me. I have only had 1 other panic episode in the past 1.5 months (since the first one) and while I am a Type A person by nature do not feel any more stressed than normal and is not impacting my professional or work life (other than worrying that I instead have high blood pressure).

My husband and I want to have children and I have heard that women with high blood pressure have very difficult pregnancy.

Any advise or help is greatly appreciated?

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  • I would reccomend a medication because it truly can help. Aslong as you don't take too much,start out little like 25 mm and maybe go up if it doesn't feel like it's working. I started taking 50 mm of lexapro and i feel like i can live life now! Do you see a counselor (can't spell i know) ? definately try to reguraly see one especially when you go on the medicine.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 25, 2006
    • 03:21 AM
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  • Blood level measures of minerals are misleading. They do nothing to indicate the intracellular levels. If it shows up as low in the blood, then it's REALLY low. Stress, or rather, EXCESS stress can deplete all of your nutrients. I had panic attacks for years with help only from drugs. Then I found that one of the side effects of Lorazepam was,,, ANXIETY. A self perpetuating disease. My solution was nutritional supplements and the biggest help of all was 1 to 2 GRAMS of magnesium oxide per day. Been taking that for many years with no problems. The only "problem" I have now, really, with this therapy, is regularity. At first you may be TOO regular but the body adjusts and after a while, it really all becomes a normal function. Did for me, no drugs, and magnesium is a nutrient.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 26, 2006
    • 02:04 AM
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  • Take the Lexapro. You have White Coat Syndrome. Scared when you are at the Dr. office. I have it too. High Blood Pressure spikes when nerves get the best of you. Have the kids, blood pressure won't affect it. Xanax is addicting. Lexapro is a simple antidepressant that will prevent your panic attacks.
    jcjjjs 14 Replies
    • December 27, 2006
    • 01:49 AM
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