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my boyfriend of almost 2 years just got diagnosed with high blood pressure. he's 18 what can i do to help him?

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
50 years experience Pediatrics
Learn and support: Hypertension (high blood pressure) in a teenager is significant. If he is obese help him lose weight. If he is sedentary, help get him exercising. Be sure he follows up with his doctor's advice and treatment. If he is taking medication, be sure he sticks with it. Encourage him to discuss side effects with his doctor. Try to help him avoid caffeine, chocolate and other stimulants.
Answered on May 15, 2013
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Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
U can also help by encouraging a work up to finfd the cause if this has not been done. Many causes of hypertension in young people can be cured so that they will not need mediactions for life
Feb 6, 2012
Dr. Howard Rubin
47 years experience Cardiology
High blood pressure: Help him get off fast foods, alcoholic he drinks, lose weight if he is overweight, and stop smoking if he is a smoker.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
32 years experience Cardiology
Any other causes: An 18 year old with high blood pressure also needs to be evaluated for specific correctable causes of blood pressure such as hormonal causes ( pheochromocytoma and hyperaldosteronism); renal artery stenosis which is narrowing of blood vessel to the kidneys; milder forms of coarctation or narrowing of the aorta.
Answered on Jul 20, 2012

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