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13 year old w/high blood pressure
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lissa16101 posted:
I got a call from the school nurse that my son went in the office complaining that he was dizzy. She took his blood pressure and it was 180/90!! I went to pick him up and brought him to the dr. They checked his urine and everything came back fine so they told me to have the school nurse keep a log of his bp for 3 weeks. It ranged from 130 to 180 for the top and 68-85 for the bottom number. The dr sent him for blood work after the 3 weeks to check his cholesterol triglicerides kidneys and thyroid all came back fine. So now the dr told him to cut out caffeine and start walking a mile a day, which he has started to do for about a week and still no change! He is about 5'10 and probably weighs about 140lbs. He is always complaining that his face is HOT! He hasnt been dizzy since the first day. If anyone else has dealt with this please let me know the cause or any suggestions that you think I should have him checked for. Thanks!!
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AZStingray responded:
www.kidsnutrition.org/bodycomp/bmiz2.html

This might tell you something...
 
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jen_brownlee_97 responded:
Could it just be stress sending his blood pressure through the roof? I would also keep track of the other stuff going on, like school stuff (tests, projects, etc.) that can stress kids out, as well as any social issues.

Also, salt in the diet can also contribute to the blood pressure being high.
 
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SabrinaMom responded:
I think I'd be requesting to be sent to a specialist if my regular doctor couldn't give me some better answers. At the very least, I'd seek out a second opinion somewhere. That is exceptionally high blood pressure for anyone, much less someone so young. In keeping a log of his blood pressure readings, I would also keep a log of what he's been doing in the minutes/hours before a high reading. You might observe that certain activities or worries could be triggering the high blood pressure. Many of the symptoms that he's describing, including the hot face, could be related to anxiety and panic attacks. Has he had his hormones checked? I don't know much about it, but I would assume that male hormones that start kicking in at this age have just as many affects on a boy as on a girl. I would definitely eliminate as much salt as possible from his diet. Be sure to check any and all labels for everything that goes into his mouth. My husband had a heart attack at 50, and we were shocked at just how much salt there is in foods that you wouldn't necessarily expect to find much.
 
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sallyv14 responded:
I know what your going through. I just got home from the hospital with my 12 year old daughter. Her complaints are feeling very hot on the face, upper arms and knees. She also feels shortness of breath, tightness in her chest, headaches and nausea. I took her into the emergency room because of high blood pressure which ran 148/103, 148/107, 154/107 and a couple more around the same. EKG was done and was normal but she was admitted because of high blood presurre and tightness in her chest. After an overnight stay at the hospital and many other test they finally said it was acid reflux. I don't buy that. A lady was telling me that her daughter was just recently diagnosed with SVT. Her daughter was first told she had acid reflux, then anxiety and finally SVT. You might want to look in to this, I know I am going to do more research. Good Luck!!
 
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rejohle responded:
I can relate to your post. My son was about 13 when I found out he had high blood pressure. He is tall and thin like your son. I see your post was done 4 years ago. I would love to hear how your son is doing and if you found out why he has high blood pressure. You can email me if you would like to at rejohle@yahoo.com .


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