Trip to the NP
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Well I went and saw the Nurse Practitioner today for a wellness check-up. Turns out my blood pressure was 130/90. YIKES!! That's really bad...the bottom number that is. Seeing how that I am 31 (will be 32 in October) the top number isn't so bad. But, that bottom number.....
It has me a bit concerned. You see, my dad was diagnosed with hypertension at the ripe age of 28. Twenty-eight!! Unbelievable!! And here I am with a bad blood pressure reading. The nurse said it may be dr. office nervousness, but I'm not so sure....
So, before I left, I requested that they check it again. My appointment went pretty well and I was nowhere near nervous by the time I was ready to leave. They checked it again and it was 132/88!! I couldn't believe it! I don't know what to do about it, but start monitoring it myself and just see. I do have an electronic blood pressure cuff here at home that used a little bit while I was pregnant with my second child. It was never that high though.
I called my dad up and asked him for some tips. Obviously, I need to lose weight. Secondly, he told me to cut out my salt and caffeine. I really don't drink a whole lot of caffeine. I normally have a cup of coffee in the morning and that's about it. I do have the occasional diet soda, but not even on a daily basis. I am going to monitor it some myself and just see what happens.
Any other tips would be greatly appreciated. This really concerns me!