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Acute attack; blood pressure slow to return to normal.

Posted In: Cardiovascular disease 0 Replies
  • Posted By: crazydaisylu
  • August 27, 2007
  • 03:40 AM

Hi guys; input please? I could be wrong, but I think I may have come close to ending up with a stroke or heart attack last week. Or at least I was closer than I'm comfortable with. I've had many medical conditions (unrelated) throughout my 37 years but nothing that made me feel what I did then. I have no experience in this realm whatsoever so I need any logical (or illogical) input.

I've been in a terribly stressful job for about 7 months with no support from management. I take it all very personally (what I do) and my bp has remained fine. Last week I had this 'episode' where I was hit in the face with (mounting) stress and I'd had it. I went from 0-60.

Within 30 seconds I was sweating profusely (in a very chilly room), and had two symptoms that bothered me. First, I sounded like Katherine Hepburn, just a deeper shakiness. Either that or think of a kid crying when you can't understand them. Second, I couldn't regulate my breathing; it was almost spasm-like yet not quite hyperventilating. My chest was caving in.

I've had a few panic attacks in years past but this wasn't like that. Obviously this has stress written all over it but what concerns me, other than those freakish symptoms, is that I had my bp checked at my other non-stressful job (in a hospital) several days later and it was 154/98 and 156/101! For me, that is unheard of. My pulse was 65 at the highest reading but for me it is usually around 60 or so I suppose thats a good thing. Two days later it had come down a little but not much.

I've been under general stress for a long time yet my blood pressure tends to be between 115/70 - 120/80. An overweight female but active, my bp has actually dropped a bit recently.

Does this sound like something that I should be concerned about? Could an acute stress attack elevate my bp for such a lentgh of time. And what must it have been at the time of the event?! Is there a chance I could have done some damage? I'm angry that it has come to this.

This is new to me and I'd just like some input. I know I have to see my doc but since I haven't died from this yet, I figured I could find out a little more here before I schedule my appt.

Thanks so much!

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