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|Tue, 08-23-2005 - 2:22pm|
Please help me!
I am only 21 years old and I was just referred to a heart specialist today. I have high blood pressure and acute tachycardia. I am overweight and I was on oral contraceptives. My NP put me on the patch today and told me to quit taking the BCPs. I am supposed to have an upcoming appointment with the specialist this Friday if they could get it scheduled then. I am supposed to hear any time.
I am going nuts! My bp is running 140/85 and my rpr is 115. I was diagnosed with a heart murmur when I was 11-12, but the doctor thought I would grow out of it. I then was diagnosed with whitecoat hypertension when I was 18. Then when I was 19 I was diagnosed with borderline hypertension and was put on 5 mg of hydrochlorothiazide (water pill) to lower it and it did.
I made my NP aware of all this before I went on BCPs and she said I would be fine. But in 4 months I have gained 20 lbs and my bp went up 20 points. She took me off the BCPs and referred me to the specialist. She says it's just a precaution since I've had a history of heart problems and it runs rampant in my family. My great grandmother had her first heart attack in her 50's! I'm so scared right now I don't know what to do.
Any suggestions? I'm just making my bp go up even more because I'm stressing out about this, my pulse right now is like over 100. I'm so worried, I'm only 21 and I'm scared!!!