terrible dizziness....... heart????

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Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted 9/8/2006 6:20 PM (GMT -6)   
As some of you know - I have a 100%blocked coronay artery, which created it's own bypasses. Haven't had a heart attack, or angina. All other arteries look good, with just minimal soft plaque in LAD - the rest all clean. Echo is perfect, as is EKGs. EF is 60-65%. I'm female, 54, overweight (but can't exercise do to bones shattered in my foot), former smoker, on Toprol, Lipitor,(cholesterol 118, Trig, 66, HDL 28 (I know - bad), Asprin. Today, I suddenly got very, very dizzy! I took my mother to a store, and had to go sit in the car because I was so dizzy - not weak, just dizzy. No other symptoms. Heart rate did go to 80, and it is usually 64. As a matter of fact (because I do have heart phobia), I even went down and walked on the treadmill for 15 minutes to see if I would have any angina (I have NEVER had angina). Heart rate went up from 72 to 95 - when I was done, back to normal in 1 minute 10 seconds. I'm assuming the dizziness is not heart related --- but what do you think? I hate to run to the ER again - they just do an EKG, take blood once and send me home. I am still somewhat dizzy when I move around. Although I must say, when my Husband had his second heart attack on Memorial weekend - his ekgs were normal, as were the first 2 blood draws. They decided to keep him overnight for observation, and it was his third blood draw that showed the troponin level high.

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Date Joined Oct 2005
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   Posted 9/9/2006 11:03 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi tomah, I am sorry you’re living with this.  I am wondering if you have ever had your blood pressure checked during these dizzy spells?  A rapid increase in BP and decrease in BP can cause dizziness.  I have an autonomic disorder that has caused me to have low heart rate (got a pacemaker for that) and orthostatic hypotension.  I live with dizziness on a constant basis and know how bad it feels.  Sitting down my blood pressure is good but when I stand it bottoms out.  I take several meds to keep it up but there are days when it doesn’t help much.

Just a suggestion that you may look into...Take care


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