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    So my husband has always had a problem with high blood pressure, he doesnt smoke, hardly drinks, diet isnt the best but he is not overweight and is very fit.

    He has these random chest pains and headaches which he goes to check out but drs never seem to get past the blood pressure-theyre not sure whats causing the chest pains, so far we have heard, that the muscle around the heart is contracting, his lung is oushed up against his chest wall, and atery is blocked...so many different opinions and thousands of dollars in tests to not have any real answer.

    He went up to hospital yesterday as the pain was quite bad, the Dr didnt have much to say but did prescibe him something, and has suggested he will need to be on blood pressure meds for the rest of his life now.

    Im kinda ?? about it all- he is only 22 and like i said-very fit.
    What can i do, what foods are good/bad for blood pressure, what makes it change how can we make it a bit easier in his lifestyle, im just really confused about it all and i want him to start feeling better-the headaches are really bad from the blood pressure, hopefully the meds help and he wont need painkillers but im wondering what else we can do to make it all a bit easier.

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    Could be a genetic thing given he is so young.

    There is a diet called the DASH diet it is for Hypertension ( Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension). I think the main thing for this is a low sodium diet and other approaches.

    We looked into it for my DP as he had a high blood pressure reading but he was not motivated at all and has had normal blood pressure since. His issues were cholesterol (over 10 ).

    Good luck!!

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    Salt - cut added salt out of his diet. (You dont have to go overboard buying salt-reduced everything, just stop adding salt to food (whilst cooking or when eating).)

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    My father had a scare with blood pressure when I was a child and his doctor wanted him to go on blood pressure medication - which once you start taking you have to take for the rest of your life. He decided to try cutting out added salt and that fixed his problem in a few months.

    I grew up with no added salt, and was also very careful to buy salt-reduced everything. And I started to suffer some problems which I consulted a doctor about. The doctor started to tell me that it sounded like I needed to reduce salt in my diet. I explained to him that I had a very low salt diet as is, and was told that in that case my symptoms could be from not enough salt, because apparently it is the same symptoms for too much salt or not enough. He was really dubious stating that it is highly unusual for someone in Western society to have not enough salt.

    I introduced a few high salt things to my diet - such as a packet of potato chips or salted peanuts and that cured my problems.

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    Hi PuppyGuts - I have diagnosed hypertension. I was diagnosed when I was 32 I think. I'm also on meds the rest of my life. I'm within a healthy weight range, I'm reasonable fit and active and lead a healthy lifestyle, some people are pre-disposed to having high blood pressure - does anyone else in his family have it? How high is it generally? What type of meds have they put him on?

    Hypertension is called the 'silent killer' because there are generally not symptoms - I say this because your DH has chest pains etc - I would get this looked further into.

    I was quite shocked when I was told I had hypertension but now I realise that it's treatable and knowing from an early age is really good - it means your heart and arteries are undergoing less stress for less time. most people don't find out until there is damage done and they are well into the 40's or 50's.

    When I found out I made some small dietry changes, mainly salt. This is one of the biggest problems. I follow the DASH diet - Dietry Approaches to Stopping Hypertension - if you google it you will find loads of info. Also in the evening I make sure my feet are up when sitting on the couch.

    Sorry just noticed he has had lots of tests for the chest pain - has he had 24hour blood pressure monitoring?

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    He did the 24hr thing in 2011 but the specialist he was seeing was 280 per appointment and he ended up going back to WA and not chasing it up.

    Good to know about the salt thing but he is so stubborn he would rather take pills then change his diet. And with him working on a mine site everything is processed yk? So its hard.

    He's been booked in with endosopy clinic next week. Regarding pains

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    My DH was diagnosed with high bp around the same age. It's a genetic thing, so while diet and exercise can help he will still need to be on the medication.

    Magnesium tablets can also help, particularly with the head aches. Also cutting back on, or cutting out coffee can help lots too.

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    We are at the hospital. Chest pains got really bad over afternoon and he had seen gp. Thinking it may be a stomach ulcer too causing pain but its in his chest area- just under his pecs

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    I hope everything is ok OP! Good thing you're at the hospital.

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    I hope everything is cleared up soon. My husband's high blood pressure was diagnosed when we started seeing a regular GP ten years ago - he was 23 years old. His blood pressure was taken across a period of time/weeks to see if it was regularly high, then he was started on meds until it came down to a "good" level. As previous people have said - salt is one thing to avoid and if he has high blood pressure there are certain medications that he should avoid or check with his doctor before taking, ie. cold and flu. Unfortunately my husband loves crisps so I just try to avoid buying them! His high blood pressure is hereditary - his father was finally diagnosed about 5 years ago. I really do hope they get to the bottom of what is causing your husband's problems soon.

    They also recommend 30min cardio daily.
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    Default Husbands health issue

    I hope everything is ok!
    My husband has had hypertension since 16
    He was on medication when I met him at 19.
    He was fit (boxer) but his diet wasn't great.
    We pretty much cut out salt, he started eating more raw organic foods, he also got into yoga and relaxation exercises.
    He lost 9kgs (he didn't even look overweight) but he ended up looking a lot fitter and healthier.
    His blood pressure is still on the higher side, but no where near as bad and it's not really a concern like it use to be.
    The first time my Dh was hospitalized for high BP was when he was 17, again at 20 and just before he decided to do something about it at 21.

    I have problems because My blood pressure is normal-high when resting or sitting but when I stand or get up to quickly it drops very fast and I end up fainting or temporarily loosing my vision for a few minutes until it evens out.
    Not much I can really do as it's a mix between high and low.
    But I have found a better diet and getting active has made the symptoms less sever.

    I hope everything is ok with your Dh!


 

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