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ED RN with high blood pressure


Hi All,

Not seeking any medical advice, am just curious to know how many of you might also be dealing with HTN.

I have noticed in the last few years (from the start of nursing school) my blood pressure has been regularly high (140s systolics, 90-100 diastolics). I already have an idea as to why my BP could be that high and I know I could bring it down with some lifestyle changes. I work in a high stress environment, I don't exercise as often as I should, and I occasionally fancy myself to some good ol' processed foods and alcohol.

Aside from the obvious interventions (in my case, lifestyle changes), how many of you with HTN are on BP meds? Did you feel your job was a contributing factor to your high BP? At what point did your doctor decide to put you on BP meds? What other types of meds or interventions have you used to decrease your BP?

I am a 29 yo F, 5'2, 115 lb...there shouldn't be any reason why my BP should be that high! I am going to schedule an appointment with my PCP, but I'd be curious to know how you've dealt with HTN.

angeloublue22, BSN, RN

Specializes in Addictions, psych, and corrections. Has 7 years experience.

I'm not sure if this what you want to hear but I was about to be put on medications for high blood pressure but since I didn't want to be on meds for the rest of my life, I changed my diet. I switched to something called the Ketogenic diet and almost immediately my BP started to normalize. No exercise needed. I'm now in the normal range and I feel so much better with tons of energy. You may want to look into adrenal fatigue.

Adrenal fatigue definitely sounds like what I'm going through most days. I'll definitely look into the Ketogenic diet, thanks!

Adrenal fatigue???

hppygr8ful, ASN, RN, EMT-I

Specializes in Psych, Addictions, SOL (Student of Life). Has 19 years experience.

My BP has been slowly creeping up over the past couple of years. Nothing crazy high mind you but high 140's over high 80's to low 90's. I eat a pretty heathy diet and I do exercise but I also work in high stress environment. I was also diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and my doctor broached the subject of a low dose anti-hypertensive medication which I did start. within two weeks I had blood pressures like a teenager.