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Date Joined Jun 2012
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   Posted 6/22/2012 5:12 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm 54 and over the past year (which includes working-out) my heart rate is taking way, way too long to return to normal. Echo-Stress test shows nothing except, and that may be a BIG except, I have essential hypertension and left ventricular hypertrophy.

I do 115% on my stress test. Greatly increased (30%) from last year but instead of 10 minutes for my heart rate to return to normal it now takes 3 to 4 hours!

My cardiologist keeps making excuses. I tell his nurse that the stress test does not reflect real-world reality ... but she doesn't care ... she's 'brainwashed' that only the "Bruce Test" protocol is relevant. She'll do whatever she can to be evasive to my questioning of her.

Lipid panel is perfect and so are kidneys, but that does not tell the whole story. (verified at Mayo clinic)

Something is happening that is being missed ... possibly very heavy anxiety.

Deep knee-bends holding two 25 lb. dumbells is each hand will really kick off very heavy heart pounding and rapid heart rate, as will holding the weights on a treadmill ... but they don't care about that ... they're only interested in their 'brainwashed' thought of the"Bruce protocol" stress test and echocardiogramm rather than more of a real-world situation. Even if I climb up one flight of stairs with a bag of groceries my heart will pound and rapid heart-rate at the top of stairs.

Any advise, thanks very much.

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   Posted 6/24/2012 10:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello and welcome to HealingWell.  One thing you did not mention is whether or not you take any medications.  If you would not mind sharing that info I will try to respond to your post.  :-)
Also, the nurse is not in a position to answer your questions as she is not the Dr. so send the mail to the right address if you want to get to the person who should be able to respond to your concerns.  Please don't think I am being judgemental with that comment but from experience I have found that asking the wrong person my question often gets me nowhere fast.  It is very frustrating trying to get to the right person but well worth the effort.
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Date Joined Jun 2012
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   Posted 6/25/2012 2:23 AM (GMT -6)   

Thank you for your reply. I do currently take lisinopril 10mg. twice/day and clonidine .4mg (total) twice/day, but they do not properly control my essential hypertension. The only medication that works (half-way) is Bystolic 20 mg, 1 pill every few days which lowers my heart rate, but has no effect at *all* (I've tried more, but my heart rate got too low) on my blood pressure. Essential hypertension (if that's what it is) is so very hard to control. For all I know, I could have arteriosclerosis and it would not show up on a stress-echo ... WAG ... from the iNet research I've done. I would need to have an angiogram. BP just measured is 170/90 with a heart rate of 60 bpm. That's a heart attack or stroke getting ready, IMHO. I am now taking meds. MDs try to *hide* the fact that they don't know what causes essential hypertension. Mixing opiates (vicoprofin) with the clonidine helps a bit -- but why should I have to do that?? I agree with you that the nurse is not the right person to communicate my concerns with. Sometimes even *oversleeping* will increase my BP. I think I see my death coming, but at least I'd like to know what is causing the HBP.
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