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MeganT, April 15,  2021  8:33pm EST


Hi, everyone. My name is Megan, and I've been struggling with my blood pressure for about 5 years (since my pregnancy, when I was 30).  

I've been trying to lose weight and make lifestyle changes to bring it down, and last year, I lost 40 pounds - but I still have about 30 pounds to go, and the constant pressure to get my numbers down is so overwhelming. My bp without meds is about 135-140/90. There have been times when it has seemed to get better, though, like last year it got down to about 128-132/88. But lately, it's gone back up again. 

I also get really anxious when I take my blood pressure, to the point that sometimes I start crying. I keep thinking about what other members of my family have been through, because of their cardiovascular health, and it's really difficult to try to stay calm during my readings. I was wondering if anyone had any advice in dealing with this. I know that being emotionally overwhelmed during my readings doesn't help, but I don't know what to do anymore. 

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  • AHAModerator
    AHAModerator, April 16,  2021  8:55am EST

    Good morning,

    Thank you for sharing your experience with the community. I can imagine this must be very scary for you and I am sorry you are experiencing anxiety. Unfortunately, I am not a medical professional, but in the meantime, here are some resources I can share with you from the AHA website on Tips For Managing High Blood Pressure and How Stress Affects the Body.

    Please keep us updated on how you are feeling!

    Best wishes,

    AHA Moderator 

  • ginavp
    ginavp, May 1,  2021  4:23pm EST

    Hi Megan, 

    I'm sorry to hear your struggling so much with your blood pressure. That is awesome that you have lost 40 pounds!. After reading your post, it sounds like you are putting so much pressure on yourself. You need to realize you are doing a great job. Your numbers are not that high. Also, your blood pressure may actually not be as high as your readings are telling you. White coat hypertension is a real thing. This is when you are so nervous about getting your blood pressure taken that it actually goes up when you take it. My dad's side of the family all have heart disease and have had some form of heart surgery. I know it is scary wondering if you are going to be in the same boat. I would actually tell you to stop taking your blood pressure. Take your medications, make sure you are seeing your health care provider regularly, continue working on eating healthy and exercising, and cut out salt in your diet. Be proud of how far youv'e come and play with your 5-year-old. 

  • MilaTlak
    MilaTlak, May 3,  2021  8:05am EST

    Hello Megan sorry for your suffering - I am much older than you , however just three months ago my hell started. Bp close to 200 , emerge rooms where not help whatsoever - on the pills now ; still bp 140 and more- horrible moments at nights specifically days sometimes better. By now I know that dr not even specialist are not able to help. I am using everything natural remedies and hoping for beter. Problem is that beside this **** Hbp symptoms I developed Anxiety Panic attacks and that makes all much worse and exhausting. Maybe this might be also your predicament and reason of suffering. Maybe learning about this double jeopardy might help you. You yong and you can do it !👍

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