None of us can answer if it's safe for you to run marathons. Hypertension is not a disease but a risk factor for future diseases, and should be taken seriously. It's uncommon to get hypertension at age 22, so you should make sure your doctor knows what the cause is. If it's safe to run marathons depends on 2 things; 1) The cause of your hypertension, and 2) your blood pressure during exercise. You can get a stress test to evaluate the blood pressure during exercise.
There are lots of BP meds that don't slow the heart rate, you can ask your doctor if you like?
Atenolol will slow the heart rate, yes. That may reduce your capacity, but the doctor knows this best. If you already are able to run a marathon, I wouldn't be concerned about the exercise capacity :)
Thanks! In fact the doctors couldn't diagnose the cause of the hypertension and termed it as essential hypertension.
I liked the advice that I should go through a stress test to see if I am really stressing my precious (heart) to or beyond its limits :)
Your doc said keep on keepin' on.
I'd follow his advice...
See you at the next marathon... if you agree to wait 20 minutes for me at the finish line!!
After an injury riddled summer, I got a 15 in yesterday - felt GREAT!!