Discussions By Condition: Medical Stories

28 yr old with no risk factors with high blood pressure???

Posted In: Medical Stories 0 Replies
  • Posted By: New MKE User
  • October 24, 2006
  • 02:48 PM

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?

Reply Flag this Discussion
Thanks! A moderator will review your post and it will be live within the next 24 hours.

Signs of a Psoriasis Flare

Know the five types of psoriasis and how to spot flares.

How Diabetes Medications Affect Your Appetite

Newer diabetes treatments can suppress appetite and aid weight loss.

What to Do For Dry Mouth

Try these tips to get your salivary glands back into action.

The Painkiller – Constipation Connection

Constipation is a common side effect of opioid and narcotic pain medicines.

9 Signs of Sensitive Skin

Is it sensitive skin or something else?