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My BP is 155/102, is it serious ?

im 16.. is it serious ? and what could happen to me?? cuz usually my blood pressure is around 124.. but today i got this feeling like sth is stuck inside my neck and my head hurts ...wats wrong? i told my mom and she doesnt care ..she just said thats becuz u dont eat any vitamin-c. dont tell me that ur sick it s ur fault. ...
Tue, 15 Dec 2009
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You have got Hypertension Stage 2. Please check your kidney (for microalbuminuria), heart (for cardiomyopathy) and retna ( for hypertensive retinopathy). High blood pressure increases the heart's workload. Over time, this can cause the heart muscle to thicken. As the heart pumps against elevated pressure in the blood vessels, the left ventricle becomes enlarged and the amount of blood pumped by the heart each minute (cardiac output) goes down. Without treatment, symptoms of congestive heart failure may develop. High blood pressure can cause damage to blood vessels in the eyes. The higher the blood pressure and the longer it has been high, the more severe the damage is likely to be. Your health care provider can see narrowing of blood vessels, and excess fluid oozing from blood vessels, with an instrument called an ophthalmoscope. The degree of retina damage (retinopathy) is graded on a scale of I to IV. At grade I, no symptoms may be present. Grade IV hypertensive retinopathy includes swelling of the optic nerve and of the visual center of the retina (macula). Such swelling can cause decreased vision.
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