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High Blood Pressure & Heart Palpitations

Published: 14 April 2003
Dear TeenHealthFX,
What causes high blood pressure and heart palpitations?
Signed: High Blood Pressure & Heart Palpitations

Dear High Blood Pressure & Heart Palpitations,

 

Elevated blood pressure and heart palpitations are symptoms that can be caused by many different things. If you or someone else is experiencing these symptoms, please contact your healthcare provider for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

 

Blood pressure can be influenced by age, gender, heredity, size and health status. Some specific things that you can control in order to reduce blood pressure include being active (with a physician's approval), eating a diet high in fiber and low in fat, using techniques to reduce stress, not smoke, drink alcohol or use illegal drugs. In some cases medication is required to control blood pressure. For a young adult, a healthcare provider should measure the blood pressure annually, unless high reading require more careful monitoring.

 

Your health status and activity level also influences heart rate. Palpitations are a serious sign that something may be causing your heart to have to work harder. When the heart beats quickly, the amount of blood that can be pumped is changed, making the heart not work as efficiently. Palpitations may be caused by nicotine, caffeine or drug use. Emotions and stress may also cause the heart to feel like it is "racing" due to anxiety or similar feelings. In some cases, medication may be necessary to control palpitations.

 

Again, if you are experiencing any of these symptoms, speak to your doctor soon. If you don't have your own doctor and live in northern New Jersey you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health for an appointment at 973.971.6475. Outside of this area, contact your local teen health clinic. For further information you can log onto the American Heart Association.

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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