Blood Pressure as indicator of oncoming problem?

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Date Joined Apr 2008
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   Posted 6/24/2008 12:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone.
Every once in a while, I'll get a rush of dizziness or light-headedness, accompanied by mild nausea and general disorientation. I used to contribute this to a-fib, or the medication I'm taking (beta blocker Bystolic). I'm wondering if that is accurate, though.
My question is this....if it were something else coming on, like (and I know this isn't highly likely right now for me) a heart attack or something like that, would there be a noticeable change in blood pressure at that time? I ask because my bp and heart rate seem pretty normal when these "spells" occur, but I don't want to just write them off if it's possible that something else might be happening besides medication side effects.

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   Posted 6/26/2008 7:43 AM (GMT -6)   

Looks like you could be right.

Light headedness is fairly common with beta blockers, especially when standing up quickly.

What does your pulse rate usually run ?

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   Posted 6/26/2008 10:44 AM (GMT -6)   
pulse rate usually stays in the 60's and 70's.....after a shot of light-headedness, it can get up to high 80's, low 90's. if it's meds, i'm ok with that. just really want to rule out anything else.
it's strange when it a wave of dizziness, can still breath just fine but can't seem to focus on anything for a minute or so. it feels like i get really exhausted after it happens, too.

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   Posted 6/26/2008 12:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Beta Blockers did the same thing to me but worse.  I always felt like I was going to pass out.  Let you doctor know he or she may reduce the dosage.  Good Luck!
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