In October I was diagnosed with HBP by my school's medical clinic, which is my primary care due to no insurance but my school's health insurance coverage. It runs in my family. My BP at the time, and at most of my doctor visits after usually ranged from 160-180/ 90-110, which is very high.
I continued to follow the prescription recommended by my doctor, and I have not been recently due to final exams and winter break, but recently I purchased a meter and the readings have been just as high, which has concerned my mother thinking I should go to an emergency room. In my visits to my doctor, that was never recommended, and I wasn't medicated at the office or anything.
Should I be more concerned and consider emergency care at some point? Again, I have no insurance (and have already a hefty bill because of tests that I wasn't aware were not covered by my plan), and my current plan is to try to maintain for the next 2 weeks until I'm back at school, and visit my physician.
I really just think my blood pressure is supposed to be high, hence the fact it wasn't considered an emergency by my own MD. I am black and overweight.View Thread
Thank you. I definitely plan on talking to him and trying to get it down more. The diagnosis just came at a very inopportune time where I couldn't really do much about it. When I am at the school, I have been eating more healthily as per the doctor's advice (less sodium, more potassium), and this semester I plan to lose at least 20 lbs if possible. My mother just really had me worried.View Thread