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My blood pressure is 156 over 101. Should I be concerned

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My blood pressure is 156 over 101. Should I be concerned?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Anil replied 7 years ago.
Do you have associated symptoms like headache ?
Stress and anxiety?
Do you have family history of hypertension?
Are you taking any medication?
Alcohol, smoking , caffeine ?
Have you checked it first time ?
Have you checked it after eating meals ?
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
I do not have a headache though I do sometimes hear my pulse in my left ear. No unusual stress or anxiety. I do have a family history of Hypertension but I'm only 29. I am on birth control but have been taking it for over a year now. I quit smoking over a year ago but that is when i noticed my BP begin to go up. I have also had significant weight gain since I quit smoking though I am beginning to lose the weight now. Have not had any alcohol or caffeine today. I have not checked it after eating meals.
Expert:  Dr. Anil replied 7 years ago.
Well as you describe you need to be seen by a doctor for Ambulatory 24 hr Blood pressure monitoring for further evaluation.
Family history and Obesity can be contributing factor .
As such 156/100 mm Hg is high and you may require medications .
For further reading -
Feeling pulse in ear (Pulsatile Tinnitus ) can also be caused due to high Blood pressure .
Apart from this you need to take some dietary and lifestyle modifications which include -
Drink plenty of water.
Limit salt intake .
Do regular exercises .
Lose weight .
Take proper sleep.
I suggest you to consult a doctor for further evaluation and management.