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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 20, 2007
  • 10:22 PM

I am 19 years old and for the past year I have been having issues with hypertension, palpitations, and chest pain. I have been through many tests which one of them was an EKG and results were abnormal; which there is no explanation for that. Another symptom for the last year has been blurry vision, but not sure if that just relates to the hypertension.

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  • I have read that even though hypertension may not always produce any symptoms, severely elevated pressure can result in headaches, increased heart rate (heart palpitations), and a feeling of general tiredness and not feeling well. If I were you, I would keep a diary of symptoms, making sure to record your blood pressure reading, ESPECIALLY during one of your spells, and take the diary to your next doctor visit. EKG's don't generally show much unless you are currently experiencing a problem at the time the EKG is being done. Your doctor should have you wear a Holter heart monitor. Electrodes (small conducting patches) are stuck on your chest and attached to a small recording monitor. The monitor is battery operated and you carry the monitor in a pocket or in a small pouch worn around your neck or waist. While you wear the monitor, it records your heart's electrical activity. You keep a diary of what activities you do while wearing the monitor including writing down any symptoms you may feel (heart palpitations, dizziness, etc.) at any time while wearing the monitor. After 24-hours, you turn the monitor in to your doctor's office & he or she will look at the records and see if there have been any irregular heart rhythms. It's really important that you write down your symptoms and activities accurately so that the doctor can match them with your Holter monitor findings. If no negative findings, have your Blood Sugar tested. Sometimes low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), usually manifests itself after eating sweets or simple carbohydrates, & may cause headaches, heart palpitations, and tiredness. If not properly controlled with a good diet & excercise program, hypoglycemia can turn into diabetes (high blood sugar) - and both high blood sugar and low blood sugar can be very dangerous if not controlled. Please look up information on hypoglycemia on the internet - you will be surprised at the symptoms, how awful it makes you feel, and how dangerous it can be if uncontrolled. I was diagnosed with hypoglycemia (from a blood test & symptoms), so I know how bad it can make you feel. It would be a bad thing to have both hypertension and hypoglycemia or diabetes, so it would behoove you to get tested. At least if you do not have either, you can rule these out. Good Luck, & take care!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 20, 2007
    • 11:48 PM
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  • See what makes me worry is I've been through all of the testing that requires me to wear a moniter but all i get is negative responses to testing. I've been to a cardiologist several times along with a kidney specialist but again all negative results. The only thing i havent been ordered as a test is a CT and that could determine if it could be a problem that doctors cant see unless seen through a CT.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 21, 2007
    • 01:28 AM
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  • You haven't had a CT scan yet, so get one done to put your mind at ease, and who knows, they may find something. Then again, maybe it will come back normal, and you'll be back to square one. I would continue to stress to your doctor your concerns and symptoms; the sqeaky wheel gets the oil. If not satisfied, seek a second opinion.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 22, 2007
    • 04:52 AM
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