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I am 18,having BP 145/118. suffering from chest pain

I am eighteen years old. I ve been getting (for lack of a better descripstion) chest spasm for the last year. They are usually quick, sharp pains through the upper chest and leave within minutes. During my last month of school, one day they became much more. I could hardly breathe, I nearly collapsed, my chest was tightenting and the pain was shooting through my chest without any pause. For some odd reason, the nurse measure my blood pressure . It was 145/118. I didn t know anything about blood pressure, but an hour later when she sent me to class, a teacher asked what she d done and expressed concern over the numbers. Since then, it hasn t gotten that bad. I still get the chest spasms, but they re like they were to begin with. I m wondering if I should go to a doctor , though.
Wed, 16 Dec 2009
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Yes, you should see a doctor. The pain over such along time should be investigated. It could be from heart disease, lung disease or something less severe, but still you should have it assessed by a doctor. When your blood pressure was checked by the nurse, you were in distress (from the chest pain). The stress would likely make your blood pressure go high. I would be surprised if it didn't. Also, a single reading can not indicate high, low or normal blood pressure. Several readings over time must used to make a determination. See the links below for more specific information on angina (chest pain) and blood pressure. Good luck, Terry
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