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Q: high blood pressure in a 15yr old male?

my son is 15yrs old,and suffers from fluctuating blood pressure,hes about 6ft 2in ,weighs about 14 stone .his blood pressure ranges from 138/83 to 168/94 .our gp says just keep an eye on it,but we have bad family history of heart problems from his own dad to his great grandfather.he also suffers from epiodes of fast racing heart beats,is tired all the time .i would like some advise on what to do next as i don't get any joy from my gp . thank you .

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Lisa Nelson, Health Pro
6/20/09 4:54pm

Hi Tracey,

 

First, I believe it's time to look for a different pediatrician/physician for your son.  If you are not satisfied with the treatment approach or explanation your physician gives, there is nothing wrong with getting a second opinion or switching physicians.

 

Second, your son's blood pressure is elevated and should be treated.  A typical 15 year-old boy at the 90th percentile for height or higher usually has a blood pressure of ~117/66.  Here is a link to a chart of child blood pressure readings -http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/hypertension/child_tbl.pdf.

 

You may also be interested in this post: What Triggers Heart Palpitations?

 

All the best,

Lisa Nelson RD

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