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Good evening doc. Im 41 and male. Im a healthy weight, eat healthy, dont smoke and manage to find time to walk 30 minutes per day. I am a bit high strung and anxious. Since mid December, my BP has been running high. Average 140/92 ( some lower and some higher). I cant seem to get it down. My BP has always ran normal-high normal. I am trying to avoid meds but may not be able to, Im afraid. I see my doctor in 2 weeks. I was put on a beta blacok a few years ago for fast heart rate and palps and it made me tired. Could my daily angst/anxiety be driving my BP up?

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Hi Steve,
I cannot judge to what extent your BP is influenced by your anxiety. Walking 30 mins/day is not a meaningful exercise for someone your age. Depending on other risks for heart disease you may need treatment if you live an otherwise healthy lifestyle:
http://www.cardiachealth.org/hypertension
http://www.cardiachealth.org/app/risk-assessment.php
http://www.cardiachealth.org/heart-healthy-living
http://www.cardiachealth.org/heart-healthy-exercise
If your doctor decides you need treatment, remember most modern therapy uses other meds than a beta blocker.
http://www.cardiachealth.org/hypertension#meds
Hope this helps,
Dr T
http://www.cardiachealth.org/

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