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Hrt and high blood pressure

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cassgate Wed 18-May-16 16:34:28

Ok, I will start by saying that my blood pressure has always been erratic. Normal for me is 130/90 which I know is borderline high. I have had this since my early 20s. I am now 45. Every time it's checked I ask if I should be taking medication to lower it and every time have been told no we will just keep an eye on it. Long story short I have just started hrt because the night sweats I was getting and lack of sleep were getting unbearable. After just 2 weeks there is a massive improvement and I feel so much better. I didn't realise how bad I felt before. Just to add I have not had a period since beginning Jan. Anyway have just had a call from gp to say that they now want me to have a 24 hr blood pressure monitor fitted. I am now panicking that if my readings are still highish that they will stop the hrt. I am normal bmi don't smoke, exercise regularly and only drink alcohol moderately so no lifestyle changes are going to make my bp go down. My bp didn't change even when pregnant. Does anyone know if you can take bp meds with hrt. I know I may be panicking about nothing but would like to know all the same. Thanks.

NK346f2849X127d8bca260 Wed 18-May-16 17:35:15

You can use HRT with medication controlled high BP, transdermal methods are preferred.
You may find that your readings are lower when monitored at home.

3catsandcounting Wed 18-May-16 18:10:45

I'm on Atenolol for high BP; have been for years, and with a similar lifestyle to yours. My mum, gran, sister all had/have high BP.

I'm seeing my GP tomorrow, to start HRT. I'm 53, and still have my Mirena in-situ (which is over 6 years old, so no longer of any use. I haven't had a period as such since my first Mirena, 16 years ago, so no idea if I'm peri or post!)

I've discussed my BP with my doctor, and she is more than happy to prescribe HRT.
Her main concern was that my mum had several strokes, but in her early 80s, so she said that was not a concern for me.

PollyPerky Wed 18-May-16 18:29:26

As NK...... says you can use HRT as long as your blood pressure is being controlled- the two are not linked. According to my consultant high BP is not a reason to avoid HRT. HRT doesn't cause high blood pressure and the clot-factor with HRT only applies to oral HRT not transdermal. I'm sure you are doing all the right things, but the UK website Blood Pressure has some good advice and I assume that you are eating masses of fruit and veg as well as exercising for 30 min 5 times a week at least?

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