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Hypertension

I am 30 years old and I have never checked my blood pressure, except two times in ER after having  a panic attack. First time it was 140/90, and for less then a ten days while having another panic attack my blood pressure was  130/80.
I suffer from anxiety and my hearth sometimes beats faster then normal, I can feel my pulse raising and that's when I always thing that my blood pressure is high. Is that a sigh of a high blood pressure or am I just being to sensitive?
My father have high blood pressure, he is now in his 70., not overweight. Now, what I am concern about,  are  genes  responsible for  blood pressure or is that up to  lifestyle?




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Your heart racing does not necessarily mean that you have high blood pressure.  120/80 is normal, so your blood pressure really hasn't been that high.  Additionally, your blood pressure is going to be high while you are having a panic attack, and can be high even when you have it checked if you are worrying about it.  High blood pressure is hereditary, but your lifestyle can definitely counter that.
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Anxiety and panic can definitely cause our BP to go up.  I actually have 'white coat' syndrome (or whatever you want to call it), when I go into the doc's office that he just shrugs it off and tells me to check it out of the doctor's office once a month or so or he waits until the end of the appointment, which at first also made me nervous.  My BP can be initially as high as 150-160/90-95 when I am really nervous but just a few minutes later it is down into the 120's/70's 10 minutes later.  

What does your doctor think?  Have you been getting help for your anxiety?  
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Your heart racing does not necessarily mean that you have high blood pressure.  120/80 is normal, so your blood pressure really hasn't been that high.  Additionally, your blood pressure is going to be high while you are having a panic attack, and can be high even when you have it checked if you are worrying about it.  High blood pressure is hereditary, but your lifestyle can definitely counter that.
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Thank you for your reply. I went through all check ups before I knew I am having a panic attacks. And after I found out that everything is fine I stopped visiting a doctor. So I didn't ask for further medical help.

The reason way is that I really believe that I can go through this without medications. After using the meds people are going through crises again, so why don't I do that now. I don't have any reason not to.
I start working on my self, some days are better that others but that's part of every program (even with meds). After ER I had only one panic attack couple months ago, which is good.  I still have anxiety moments and I know that it wont be easy to get rid of anxiety completely especially because it was a way of life. But not having a panic attacks is huge for me.

I know that my BP was not that high but that is what concerns me the most when I feel anxious. That my pressure will just rise and thinking about it just make my hearth beats faster.
I don't even know why am I so concern about it maybe because I have a genetic predisposition or because I hear a lot about it. I eat healthy, exercise and I am in a pretty good shape.  
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