Posted 12/15/2017 1:35 PM (GMT -6)
I am a 55 yo male and long-time athlete, who recently developed very minor chest discomfort at rest. My PCP decided to order a Cardiac Stress Echo, which I had three days ago. During the second phase of the test at a heart rate of about 140, my systolic BP jumped to 230 and the techs aborted the test.
Needless to say the possibility that exercising with a HR of 140 bringing on a systolic BP spike high enough to cause a stroke is completely devastating to a life-long athlete. I was a runner since high school, avid tennis and basketball player, and most recently road cyclist doing century (100-mile) rides regularly.
Has anyone dealt with this issue? I have taken BP meds since I was 30 (have metabolic syndrome and family history) but my BP has always been well-controlled at a resting state (current meds: Benicar 40 MG 1/day and Clonodine .1 MG 2/day) I will say that I have gained 25 lbs in the last two years and work a very stressful job resulting in my PCP increasing BP meds dose.
I have read that maybe some BP meds are better than others for this?
Has anyone found any cardiac blockage issues that might cause this? (I am going to demand a cardiac CTA when I see the cardiologist next week)
The thought of never being able to exercise again is completely depressing---would appreciate any information anyone might have. Thanks so much.