A 25-year-old male asked:
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should i worry i have an aneurysm? have had high bp for 5 months and smoked on and off a couple of years but never again. afraid the aorta will burst.

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Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
35 years experience Pediatrics
? Repeat question?: Aneurysms take a very long time to develop after years of untreated hypertension. You are on metropolol which is very helpful. If you still are hypertensive on metoprolol then perhaps a dosage adjustment or additional medication is needed. The answer to your question does not change just because you repeated it. I think perhaps you have some health related anxiety that needs to be addressed.
Answered on Oct 31, 2014
Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
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Hi bp: Be sure your BP is controlled to values below 140 / 90. At your age, below 130 / 80 is better. Minimize salt daily, do not smoke, exercise daily, achieve ideal weight, take your meds, self monitor your BP at least 2-3 times per week. Ask doc if work up for "secondary causes" is necessary.
Answered on Oct 2, 2014
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