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    Default Hypertension - Cardiologist Report Your Opinion?

    Hi all - been a while since I've posted. Husband and I applied for SMC residency a couple months ago. We were most concerned about our weight (he had 40BMI and I 33BMI tested at Dr.) and our BP tends to be on highest side. We've both lost weight 20 lbs or so since Jan. My BP was up 150/95 at that time of Dr. test. Everything came back fine except my BP.

    I got referred by the MA to get screened for hypertension. Info below but you think the MA will approve or not? Will they wait for 3-6 months to see if BP is still up? The fact the Cardiologist did NOT recommend medication makes me think this really is a pass from a cardiologist report at this time? Here is a quick summary of her letter --

    --I have hypertension that is MILD
    --BP was 150/90
    --no other vascular risk factors
    --no family history of premature vascular disease
    --ECG was fine, no murmurs
    --Blood test was done but she didn't have results at the time of writing the letter - that will test for microalbumin:creatinine ratio, lipids, and urinalysis. Tests to see if my BP has been up too high for too long there is damage to kidneys etc.
    --"Low risk of vascular events in medium term, which should be reassuring from an immigration perspective".

    --Recommendation: 3-6 months of diet and lifestyle interventions. I have encouraged her to eat a low salt diet, to increase her exercise and to lose weight, as this may be all that is required to treat her hypertension. Arrange to a see a GP in 3-6 months' time and if blood pressure remains elevated pharmacotherapy should be started at that point, we would usually recommend an ACE inhibitor.

    Thanks!

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    Most people who flag up something on the medical will be referred to the M.A which you have . I enclose a breakdown link as to the cases that are not accepted and I personally do not think you have any problem at all, you are just in the normal system .I have type 1 Diabetes and Osteoporosis , both of which well looked after and have had various operations in the past and I was accepted by the M.A. They checked with my consultants and I was fine.
    This may help
    https://www.immigration.govt.nz/opsmanual/#46506.htm

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    Thanks Dave. I figured if it was serious the Dr. would have put me on meds immediately. The fact she didn't indicated it wasn't serious. But wondered if MA might do a wait (weight!) and see approach before approving (eg. wait for 3-6 months to see if I need meds and its "controlled")?

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    They might, or might not, but nobody here can tell your fortune - sorry!

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    I was hoping people might share their experience with this same health issue.

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    I wasn't being flippant. Every case is entirely individual. The Medical Assessors' job is to look at the medical, and, if necessary, ask for as many doctors' and specialists' letters and/or reports as it takes for them to be sure that they thoroughly understand that applicant's state of health. So, although the umbrella diagnosis may SOUND the same, what another person with hypertension's doctor says about them can give an entirely different impression from what yours may say about you.

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    Got back test results. Kidneys ok but cholesterol at 8.1!! LDL and HDL ratio was up too. Never been that high before. Ratio was always fine in the past. Why now?

    All I can think is we have been on a keto type diet to lose weight. It worked but we have slipped doing true keto the last couple of months on holiday and not doing”true” keto. I figure that is why it’s up. I understand many who are in this diet have high lipids then they plateau out. Told Dr I had been on it and asked if it was good. She said people have mixed reviews. I guess I, one of them.

    Needless to say I will go off a high fat diet. But now VERY concerned more tests will be asked for and more rocks turned over. Going into Xmas very bad news to interrupt our life. Ready to give up. ��
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    Hey KiwiChar2!

    Have you had any more updates? Keep the faith!

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    Not yet! But my case officer is continuing to process other parts of my application! Can I assume that is a positive indicator ? Why would she bother spending time doing so if it was likely the medical examiner would have additional tests or it not be approved?

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    Fingers crossed. ++++++++++++++++

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