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Old 10-04-2010, 02:16 PM
 
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If my blood pressure is slightly elevated and stays that way for say 2 years, without any medication, and then I start taking blood pressure medication, was any "damage" done in those previous two years?

Or did I just dodge the chances of heart attack, stroke, etc....and no harm done?
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Old 10-04-2010, 05:55 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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If my blood pressure is slightly elevated and stays that way for say 2 years, without any medication, and then I start taking blood pressure medication, was any "damage" done in those previous two years?

Or did I just dodge the chances of heart attack, stroke, etc....and no harm done?
You may be able to reverse some of the organ damage that high blood pressure causes, but why take the risk? Controlling it helps reduce the risk of kidney failure, heart attack, and stroke.

Most people have their pressure controlled with generic medication that costs $10 for a 3 month supply.
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Old 10-04-2010, 06:03 PM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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This is a question you should ask you doctor. My opinion, as someone who takes blood pressure medication and went for a couple of years of questionable BP before starting the meds, is that you probably did not cause irreversible damage in those two years.
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