Blood pressure concerns

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   Posted 12/18/2012 7:51 PM (GMT -6)   
In November 2009, my blood pressure shot up, 190/100, while at work, it eventually come down, then on my days off it shot up again, I ended up calling 911 and they checked it and it was 200/100. They gave me nitroglycerin, baby aspirin, a shot in the arm and put me on oxygen, took me to the ER, sent me home 3 hours later, even though the blood pressure thingy, set to get my blood pressure was automatically checked every 15 minutes and set off an alarm every time, they even documented it as 165/90. Wanted me to follow up with my regular doctor. He put me on meds, and referred me to a heart doctor, I showed him my blood pressure records over the last year or so, average blood pressure was 165/90, never thought anything about it, because it was consistent, when the heart doctor saw those numbers, he doubled my medication and ordered some tests, mri's etc. After these test, he told me that I had an ascending aortic aneurysm(4.05 cm) and 2 leaky heart valves(as of the last check about 3 months ago), none of these are serious according to him, and they will continue to monitor them. I am 51 years old now. I take 25 mg of lopressor a day(.5 tablet in the morning and .5 tablet in the afternoon) and 320 mg of diovan. My question is, should I get a second opinion. I am on a low-sodium and low-fat diet and my blood pressure runs low and my pulse even lower, it averages 48-58 all the time, even when I am working, and I am in direct care in a state mental facility. My arms and fingers tingle all the time. Thank you in advance for your help.

Post Edited (totallyforgiven) : 12/26/2012 5:37:08 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 12/19/2012 8:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi there,

I just wanted to welcome you to the forum. I am sure somebody will post to you soon. I, myself, am not familiar with matters of the heart. Keep posting, and keep checking for responses.

Take care,

I hope that you feel better soon.

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 12/26/2012 7:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for your time.

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   Posted 12/27/2012 12:10 PM (GMT -6)   
if you're thinking second opinion, you need to get one. further, if you don't trust your doctor's opinion, you need to find a new doctor you can trust.
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   Posted 1/3/2013 5:51 AM (GMT -6)   
My mother, 56, had a similar issue a month ago and the doctors lowered her blood pressure so much that we virtually had to carry her around the house. She then asked for a second and third opinion and found that the medication that she had been given as a long term precautionary measure was fit for someone with imminent heart attack risk (she has had a stable blood pressure of 150/80, except for that one situation when it went up to 190 due to some issue at work).

Also, she was given Xanax in the ambulance even before any tests were run (I find that very odd).

She has no cardiac condition other than a high(er) blood pressure and no other medical condition.

I would suggest as many second opinions as you see fit. It's you're health we're talking about and that's the most important thing.
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