heart palpitations and high blood pressure?

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   Posted 5/16/2007 4:54 PM (GMT -6)   

I have been treated for high blood pressure for 2 years (taking Diovan HCT and Altace). about a month ago I had severe spikes in my blood pressure, going as high as 184/128 with pulse of 120.


My doctor added norvasc but my blood pressure is not being very well controlled. I am having what I call attacks. When I have these I have nausea, abdominal discomfort, sweating, feeling overheated, slight headache and a racing heart. For example today when I had one, my blood pressure was 143/103 and pulse was 115. I am having about 1 or 2 of these a day, they are very draining and I am having trouble coping with this.


My doctor sent me for tests including aldosterone, renin and serum electrolytes but I won’t have the results until the 29th. He has not done anything in the meantime to help when this occurs.


I don’t want to sound melodramatic but I am wondering how risky this is for my immediate health?


Anyone out there experienced anything like this?

Any input would be greatly appreciated.



IFG & IGT, A1c 04/02/07 5.5, fasting glucose still 6.0-6.9

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   Posted 5/16/2007 7:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Deb!I take altace also.I have a print out from the pharmacy & all of your symptoms,except sweating & feeling overheated,are listed as possible side effects.It also says to check w/your doc ASAP for prolonged nausea & irregular heartbeat.I would either google altace & print off side effects to show your doc or get one from the pharmacy.I would definitely investigate this further even if you have to get a 2nd opinion.I had side effects from another med & had to show my doc a print out from the pharmacy to convince him to take me off that med,& go figure,my problem cleared up about a month or two later.Take care & good luck!


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   Posted 5/22/2007 4:09 AM (GMT -6)   
I had similar blood pressure problems that I ignored for several years. The meds made me tired and dopey. Last June had complete heart failure and needed a transplant. My ejection fraction was 10%. The doctors implanted b-vads and was flown to a hosp in Philadelphia. I have no recollection of any of this. 4 garden hoses coming out of my abdomen, pumping my blood through a $125,000 machine. I wasn't eligible for a transplant so the doctors did an experiment. They kept the vads in for a month, and was told to eat a lot of protein, tons of different drugs, and my heart came back to 30% and later 50%. By the grace of God and some very expensive meds. that I have to take for forever, I am now living a fairly normal life. My heart specialist told me I was in a category of 5%. (95% of the people with my problem die) Please take my advice and keep that blood pressure under control. It was the most horrible thing (physical and mental) that I ever experienced. I am greatfull for a second chance at life, and I want to help anyone with similar issues. Please take care. I have learned to say my prayers. Don't do what happened to me......Please.
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