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Huge Blood Pressure Changes - Plus Chest Pain Attacks

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • August 29, 2007
  • 11:59 AM


I've been having some trouble recently - been admitted to hospital twice but with no real diagnosis.

My symptoms seem to cycle - some days there are more serious, some days it not too bad. The symptoms range from bouts of extreme fatigue (unable to really do anything) to massive episodes of chest pain (which normally starts by feeling drained - then painful, sweaty, confused) and is fully relived by GTN spray in about 15 minutes (pain subsides after after about 4 minutes).

The only thing constant to any of the symptoms is the first thing that happens is that all my colour drains leaving me as white as a sheet.

I was given a cardiac event monitor to rule out arrhythmia, which was clear. I suggested i keep a blood pressure record to see what it going on - which my GP has agreed.

My blood pressure is changing dramatically - the lowest it has been is 111 / 80 - the highest was 235 / 139. The highest figure was reading higher and higher for hours before - then it suddenly halved (within 10 minutes) to 112 / 80 right before an 'attack' started (still don't know if they are related). Average would appear to be about 150 over about 95 when taken over a week.

GP has verified that the blood pressure machine is working correctly and I'm using properly and resting sitting for at least 5 mins before a reading. We don't know what my pressure is during an attack as i usually get protective of myself and aggressive to those around me and won't keep still long enough for a reading. We do know however the ECG reading during the attack is normal....

I'm just 29 years old 6ft 2 and weigh 17 and half stone (245 lbs). I have a long standing heart condition (bicuspid aortic valve with moderate stenosis) but this has been ruled out as a contributing factor. The stenosis would however cause a slightly high than normal blood pressure - but obviously not this high!!

So that's where we are... what the ***l is wrong with me? I can find info on high blood pressure - but nothing on massive blood pressure changes.

HELP!!!! :confused:

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