Better Living on the Web: High Blood Pressure

I am a control freak and an introvert, meaning a lot of situations stress me out. One of the hardest things for me to do is go to the doctor. The needles, the poking and prodding, the 50 questions about my health history are often more than I can take. This all becomes clear to the doctor once she takes my blood pressure.

Since I look like a fit, healthy, young woman, when doctors sees that my blood pressure is somewhere around 153/93 they become visibly confused. I have seen it all–they take their own blood pressure to test the machine, bring in another machine, and may take my blood pressure up to five times during my visit. After all of this, it still reads high. Yet, up to this point, I have been told by different doctors that I obviously have a bad case of white coat syndrome, and no one has diagnosed me with high blood pressure.

Whether or not I have high blood pressure or just stress out easily, a new study by the American Heart Association shows that I might want to pay more attention to my high readings. About 67 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds with high blood pressure are undiagnosed. This is dangerous since high blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart attack and stroke. Lead researcher of the study Heather Johnson, M.D., hopes that this information will encourage doctors to pay more attention to high blood pressure in younger patients. Below we have collected articles about high blood pressure and its effects. If you think you have high blood pressure, make an appointment and talk to your doctor.

High Blood Pressure in Young Adults Is Often Undiagnosed (NBCnews.com)

Natural Ways to Lower Blood Pressure (Huffington Post)

High Blood Pressure Effects on the Brain (Yahoo!)

Learn More about High Blood Pressure (The Cleveland Clinic)

 


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