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Should I get my blood pressure checked?

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    I've always had a naturally high pulse and used to suffer terrible chest pains in the right side of my chest. These have eased over the years but I still have a very high pulse.

    I've always had a good metabolism so have found it very easy to stay at a good weight, I'm fairly slim built and I've always been very active [though this has decreased a bit since I've been at uni.]

    However, my resting heart rate is usually around 90-100bpm which seems fairly high considering I'm not drastically unfit or overweight. I go to the gym and even at just a moderate jog my heart rate goes over 190bpm which seems far too high considering the pace, my current fitness level, weight, age etc.

    My father suffers very, very high blood pressure. He is also not in anyway overweight and keeps fairly fit for his age [he's 60] and yet they've had to quadruple his blood pressure medication over the past few months. His father died of a heart attack in his early 60s and I really worry for my own dad.

    Anyway, I know I'm young [I'm 19] but would it be worth getting my blood pressure checked? I don't know if I'm just worrying over nothing and that the doctor will think I'm wasting his time - which is the last thing I want to do. I seem to have inherited a few of my father's health problems [acne, bad joints, leg cramps etc.]

    Am I just being silly or is it worth getting it checked out even as I'm so young? I'm just looking for some reassurance really. :/
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    Yeah, why not. You don't even need to go to the doctor to get this done, there are often free blood pressure checks in supermarkets and chemists.


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