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high blood pressure at age 22

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 9, 2010
  • 01:26 AM

I've been seeing a doctor about a recent change in my blood pressure. It has always been normal and suddenly, at my last check up, it was around 160/100. It has been around there for about a month. I'm 22 years old, 125 lbs and I am a very healthy vegetarian. All of my tests have come up negative so far. She has tested my liver, kidney, and thyroid function and all were normal. I've has an ultrasound of my kidney and that was normal. I'm on a progesterone birth control pill so it isn't estrogen that's causing it. I was on a blood pressure medication, HCTZ, but it made my potassium dangerously low so my doctor told me to stop taking it. Any ideas what it could be?

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  • I am a very fit, healthy and normal weight 32 year old, but my doctor wants to start me on treatment for high blood pressure. Why?
    Mak_Mews 2 Replies
    • December 9, 2010
    • 07:44 PM
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  • I've been seeing a doctor about a recent change in my blood pressure. It has always been normal and suddenly, at my last check up, it was around 160/100. It has been around there for about a month. I'm 22 years old, 125 lbs and I am a very healthy vegetarian. All of my tests have come up negative so far. She has tested my liver, kidney, and thyroid function and all were normal. I've has an ultrasound of my kidney and that was normal. I'm on a progesterone birth control pill so it isn't estrogen that's causing it. I was on a blood pressure medication, HCTZ, but it made my potassium dangerously low so my doctor told me to stop taking it. Any ideas what it could be?You mention a key thing here, when you take a diuretic your potassium levels become dangerously low, it may in fact be the low potassium that is causing your high blood pressure. Try increasing your potassium levels and see if this may be the cause, but there could be other causes like stress, and sleep deprivation. If after looking at these lifestyle changes, your bp doesn't come down you should consider monitoring with a portable monitor this service is offered by most cardiologists. I'm surprised that your doctor didn't place you on a potassium sparing diuretic instead of just discontinuing the diuretic. That blood pressure is much too high to remain untreated, if this high bp coincided with neurological symptoms my next thing would be to look at the brain, since you didn't mention them that is very unlikely. First thing is first, is there a possibility you could be pregnant, even though you 're taking birth control pills, I'd check that out.I'm in my last year of med school so this could all be completely wrong ;)Check out this article regarding low potassium levels you'll find it interesting.http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/11/081109074611.htm
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 11, 2010
    • 03:51 AM
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