I am a 30yo female who is 5'5", 200 pounds. Other than my weight, allergies, and Fibromyalgia I have always been healthy, in fact I lost 30 pounds last year. My BP is normally 110/70 or lower, cholesterol and other blood tests are good. I don't eat a well balanced diet, but don't eat or drink many things I shouldn't, no fried food, junk food, added salt or sugar, or soda. I eat alot of oatmeal (with Splenda), yogurt, and Special K. My parents both have high BP, both of my grandfathers had heart attacks in their forties, also my half-brother died unexpectedly from a heart attack at the age of 28. I am a volunteer firefighter. Last Saturday I was at a fire wearing 30 pounds of gear and carried a 70 pound pack, 300 yards through a foot of snow. I was of course a little winded after that, but felt fine after a few minutes. Then about twenty minutes later I got suddenly really dizzy, my head felt like a deflated basketball that someone was squishing. I thought it was just a weird feeling that would go away, but I realized within seconds it wasn't going to go away and I was going to go down. I sat down and everything got really weird, like I wasn't fully aware of what was going on around me. They got an EMT back to me in about ten minutes and my BP was 210/120. This is like a half hour after carrying the pack. They escorted me out to the ambulance gave me O2 and tried to get my BP down. They got it down to 170/105, pulse 105. I was calm, it takes a lot to get me worked up. Anyways, fire chief insisted on me going to hospital. I got there still with the same vitals and they basically said "you are 30yo, your BP is high, you will need to be put on medications." I explained to them that my BP is never high and that I get it checked regularly at my ENT's office (go to ENT for allergies), two weeks previous it was 110/70. They ran an EKG and blood tests which were normal and they discharged me four hours after carrying the pack, saying follow up with family doctor. So 2 days later (Mon) I go see my doctor, who basically says the same thing as the ER and knows my family history. She orders a 24 hour BP monitor for Thur and a stress test in two weeks, sends me home with no meds, because I expressed to her my concern about my BP normally being low. She doesn't know my normal BP because I don't see her much. Anyways my BP stay in the 160-170/90-100 range for the next few days. Wed my BP stays above 170/100 for a few hours, then I started getting really bad right chest/arm/neck pain, sweaty, clammy, shaky, and unable to concentrate. The nurses at work talked me in to going back to the hospital. They again ran EKG, blood tests, and this time a chest xray. Everything was normal and they sent me home with Lisinopril 20mg. That brought down my BP to below 120/80, but I am still having periods of severe chest /neck/arm pain. I don't know what I should do to make sure they don't ignore what the cause of this it. I don't think it is just a matter of family history and weight. That is too much change from what it was only two weeks previous. I am feeling realy frustrated and would appreciate any input.Reply Follow This Thread Stop Following This Thread Flag this Discussion
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