I am a 31 yr old male who recently was diagnosed with High blood pressure. It usually stays around 150/95 but recently began spiking to 160/110. My pulse went from 75-80 to 100 and above about a week ago and I have been to the ER several times because of this. I have also begun experiencing more frequent pains in my left armpit and chest discomfort that can be likened to swimming in water. There is no difficulty breathing, although at times I do not feel like I am taking in a deep enough breath. My medications have been switched from 25mg of HCTZ to 5mg of Norvasc which i started yesterday. My pulse was racing so bad last night that I was not able to sleep well. What could be causing this?? My ekg, bloodwork, and x-ray all came back normal. The only thing i was told was to drink more water. Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated!
From all the information available above we can conclude that you may be having uncontrolled hypertension. The symptoms of heaviness in the chest should be taken seriously and coronary artery disease should be ruled out with appropriate testing. Do you know your cholesterol levels? Have you done a renal function test? Have you undergone cardiac stress testing ( TMT or ECHO)?
These would throw more light on the cause of your breathlessness. Do you have swelling in your legs ( ankle edema)? This is a very important symptom to look out for and immediately inform your treating physician, considering your family history. Considering your symptoms and current BP readings you may require a change in medication and further testing. I feel that you should take the advise of a physician nearby for these and come back with reports so that we can form an opinion and help you.
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