I am 20 years old, not overweight, no smoking, drinking or drugs my whole life but I have severe anxiety and i've been to the ER twice this week and family doctor three times and all those times, its come up around those numbers. I was just from the ER and before the nurse discharged me, my blood pressure was 172/110 and she said, "That cannot be right."
So she took it again and sure enough, it was 171/110.
I want to live a healthy life and being that my BP is always high, i'm scared I am not going to life a full life with the chances being stroke, heart failure, and so on.
What is your input? What are some supplements that I could take to lower it? I am going to exercise daily now, few jogs here and there throughout the week but what are some natural ways to lower my BP?
First, a person with severe anxiety ending up in the ER will almost always have a high blood pressure. So, your blood pressure may not be as high as 170/110, but it's very important that you find out what your "real" blood pressure is, and if it's high, you may need treatment.
I would recommend buying a home BP monitor, or even better, get a 24 hour monitoring (as the "white coat" effect tends to go away after a couple of hours, you get used to the monitoring and your true BP is revealed).
If you have high blood pressure, a cause must be found. It's very uncommon for a healthy 20 y/o to have blood pressure in the 170s without a cause (except if you are very anxious). If no cause can be identified, it's not the end of the world to use BP meds. One or a couple of pills in exchange for a longer life and better life quality, any time in my opinion :)
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