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Whats the best medical advise for a young patient (24yrs) with high blood pressure?

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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine
6 doctors agree

In brief: Many

Lose weight, exercise, lower sodium intake, and keep track of your blood pressure readings, while all along seeing a doctor.

In brief: Many

Lose weight, exercise, lower sodium intake, and keep track of your blood pressure readings, while all along seeing a doctor.
Dr. Luis Villaplana
Dr. Luis Villaplana
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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: BP control

Blood pressure control can occur by implementing as many of the following as possible: see your doctor regularly and take any medications prescribed, 30 minutes or more of daily cardiovascular exercise, weight loss, low saturated fat diet, avoidance of dietary salt, and stress reduction &/or daily meditation.

In brief: BP control

Blood pressure control can occur by implementing as many of the following as possible: see your doctor regularly and take any medications prescribed, 30 minutes or more of daily cardiovascular exercise, weight loss, low saturated fat diet, avoidance of dietary salt, and stress reduction &/or daily meditation.
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Medical work up

Someone this young may have familial hypertension (inherited from family), but it is unusual enough that a thorough evaluation of cardiovascular/heart, kidney, endocrine and brain function be carried out.
First step is see your doctor. This is not a do-it-yourself project.

In brief: Medical work up

Someone this young may have familial hypertension (inherited from family), but it is unusual enough that a thorough evaluation of cardiovascular/heart, kidney, endocrine and brain function be carried out.
First step is see your doctor. This is not a do-it-yourself project.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Dr. Alon Gitig
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Meds=last on list

At 24, meds should be absolute last option.
Lifestyle is critical (wt loss, salt restriction, regular exercise), but other factors can be alcohol (limit to 1-2 drinks/day; more than this can raise bp) and sleep apnea (esp if you are overweight), as hi BP can be totally reversed by treating apnea. It's still important to control BP even when young, as it will greatly increase your risk later on.

In brief: Meds=last on list

At 24, meds should be absolute last option.
Lifestyle is critical (wt loss, salt restriction, regular exercise), but other factors can be alcohol (limit to 1-2 drinks/day; more than this can raise bp) and sleep apnea (esp if you are overweight), as hi BP can be totally reversed by treating apnea. It's still important to control BP even when young, as it will greatly increase your risk later on.
Dr. Alon Gitig
Dr. Alon Gitig
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