When my doctor first told me that I had high blood pressure, my immediate thought was, “I’m way too young to have heart problems.” I’m 23, I work out, eat relatively healthy and manage my stress (for the most part). It was probably a mistake.
But a few months later, I woke up with chest tightness that didn’t go away…for a week. Considering WebMD advised it was either a) a heart attack and I should have been dead by now or b) some rare form of cancer, I decided to go back to the doctor.
Her response? “You’re probably experiencing a prolonged anxiety attack.” (Who knew that was a thing.) Anti-anxiety meds in hand and instructions to measure my blood pressure 3 times a week, I left the office.