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Old 03-20-2007, 08:15 AM   #1
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Can High blood Pressure Be a Cause of Anxiety Attacks

Or is the high blood pressure from the Anxiety attacks?
My actual anxiety attack is usually brought on from my heart pounding so fast and so hard, which is usually what wakes me from a deep sleep. The pounding of my heart, which it will also do during the day, will in turn cause me to feeling nervous, with that nervous feeling in my stomach. Also during the day I feel really "floaty" or detached when I get hungry and sometimes I will feel that way about an hour after I eat with hurting hunger pains.

I have "reviewed" my life and cannot find what would trigger these. I walk and hour everyday, each the South Beach way of eating take vitamins, and get 10 hours a sleep a night....well I used to.I am 41, love life and enjoy going places! My mother has high blood pressure, always has, hypoglycemia, and panic attacks. So has two of my sisters. So can this be hereditary, without stress being the factor?

I got up one bad night and took my blood pressure: here is the past two nights readings...am and pm...I woke up in the middle of the night and it was 155/96 Heart Rate was 112....That morning at 9 am it was 162/98 HR 89

This morning after a bad night of heart pounding and no sleep it was 187/116 HR 85...during the night my HR was 117.

This is what is waking me up and what in turn, turns into a panic attack. And I know now that I am nervous when I start to fall asleep, wondering if I will wake with one...

I started paxil 12.5 MG yesterday morning. I guess my question is should I give the paxil a try,which it sure didn't help last night... or is it a blood pressure problem leading to the anxiety?

I had also been taking Zantrex 3 (diet pills) since about Nov. only one in the morning..and on the day of my first MAJOR panic attack during the day was a day I took two for the first time, which was 2 weeks ago, and I haven't been normal since. I have since that day thrown them in the garbage. Could these have screwed something up? But other than that my BP has always been on the borderline high side...even in my normal days when I was on top of the world...

Any ideas and feedback would be greatly appreciated.

 
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