I am a 21 years old male. Three months ago I went in for a regular checkup, and everything was normal (120/80 pressure, temperature...etc). Today I went in for another checkup at a different local clinic, I was informed that I had a pressure of a shocking 157/76!!! I am currently in shock as I have never been given a pressure reading this high, let along at this age! (Other then the shocking pressure reading I was given a clean bill of health).
I DO NOT smoke or drink. I eat fairly healthily, always making sure that I have a minimum of 5 servings of vegetable a day. I do, however, lack in the exercise department a bit, but I am pick up on it now.
I am wondering about the things that could have contributed to such a high reading. I noticed the following this time I was taking blood pressure
1) The physician assistant told me not to roll up my sleeve (I thought we are supposed to?)
2) I felt a sudden increase of heart rate/nervousness when the cuff increased in pressure (not quite sure why).
3) I am in quite a bit of stress right now in life (currently applying to medical school. Fortunately I just got my first acceptance :))