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Hello i found this group while researching hbp. I am 42 i was diagnosed with postpartum hypertension after having my son premature at 31 weeks. I have been taking medication for 16 months which for the most part has controlled it. I have really bad anxiety that effects bp readings at times. I have loss 40lbs so far i have 30lbs more to get to my Bmi. I have started to increase my workout and cardio in June and i eat a Mediterranean diet. I have noticed that before my period or even during my bp is elevated and i even have really high spikes. I dont understand this at all. Im currently taking Nifedine 60mg and Losartan\Htcz 50mg. It really worries me because im so scared of these spikes. I can feel when they are coming on i get irritated and then i get a hot rush go to check and my pressure is so high. Times when this happens i get so defeated its depressing. I feel how can i care for my family and function this way. It has caused me to become stressed out and constantly worried about my bp. Some days i have checked it over 40 times. I started taking Prozac this week for anxiety and depression. Any suggestions to how to cope and not let this destroy my live. I have a husband and 4 kids i want to live a long life having this stolen my joy of living. I cant even enjoy anything because im so worried about my bp. God Bless
AHAASAKatie, November 17, 2020 9:49am EST
I am so sorry that this is happening to you. I am reaching out to our science department to see if we have any studies or information on the correlation between blood pressure and ************. To level-set expectations, most of the AHA science department is working on our Annual Scientific Sessions online conference. So, it might be a few days before I get a response. But as soon as I do, I will post back to you.
What has your doctor said about the spikes?
AHAASAKatie, November 18, 2020 9:38am EST
Good monring, I have a few responses from our science team.
1. There is a great deal going on in your life and it is possible the HBP spikes are not related to m e n s t r a t i o n (sorry for the spaces, apparently our profanity filter does not like this word) and this topic should be dicussed with your medical team.
2. This is an interesting case study from 2017 that could be a good read, just remember case studies are excatly that- they are a snapshot in time and in order to make generalizable conclusions about a case or cases, would need more than one persons experience.
I hope this helps, as it is obvious these spikes are causing you great concern. Have you tried meditation, yoga or excerise to counter balance the spikes? If your doctor approves, those are good relaxation techinques that could help as well.
Thank you, Katie
TaylorBowen, November 28, 2020 4:47am EST
High Blood Pressure is most of the time caused by higher stress levels. You need to relax more and do some papernow review and get to the root of your stress. The more you stay away from work and other things that put a strain on your mind the better for you for now.