I have recently noticed that my blood pressure has been higher than normal. Usually about 140/90. Or sometimes higher. However, I do not know if this is due to stress and anxiety, or if it is something to be concerned about. Whenever I get my bp taken, I get extremely nervous and cant really control it even when I do it from home. I get nervous thinking it is going to be high. Therefore, I kind of think it is just my nerves. I also, am ALWAYS worried about something! I am pretty much stressed out about something at all times. I dont really know how to relax. I am 20 years old and not over weight, but high blood pressure and stress and all of that does run in my family. Is this something to be concerned about? Or is it just something I need to learn to cope with? And if so, what can I do in my life to help releave stress and lower my bp? Thank you
Hi, and thanks for your medical question on eHealth's Ask a Doctor forum.
A BP of 140/90 at the age of 20 is definitely not good. Either this is essential blood pressure without a cause or there is some cause behind this. A complete lab panel should be done to exclude the causes such as heart disease, liver or kidney problems, electrolyte imbalance or hormonal problems including thyroid problems and diabetes.
Take up yoga, deep breathing exercise, or walking. Music and aerobics are also good stress busters. These may be helpful in keeping you relaxed. The other way to monitor your BP would be a 24 hour holter. This will keep recording your blood pressure while you go about your daily routine.
Since a confirmed diagnosis, treatment and solution cannot be given on net please discuss these possibilities with your doctor once. Hope this helps. Take care!
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