Just found out that parathyroid hormone excess which causes too much calcium in the blood can be a cause of hypertension. Another good reason for getting our bloodwork done especially if one is put on a diuretic such as HCTZ which causes a certain amount of calcium retention in the body.
My Endo wanted me to take extra calcium even though my blood levels were right in the middle. I reminded him that I was on HCTZ & ate a lot of high calcium foods so I didn't think it was wise to take the risk of getting kidney stones from too much calcium. What I didn't know then, was that it could of pushed my b/p up higher. It pays to read the package insert on all our meds & be mindful of the details. Also, check with your Dr. before taking any supplements.
My PDR says to get plenty of fluid intake when there is a chance of getting too much calcium to prevent kidney stones.
To be on the safe side since I already have thyroid issues, I think I'll ask for a parathyroid hormone level (parathyroid glands control calcium in the blood.)
Hypertension has such a wide range of causes. I hope the puzzle of all of it is found in my lifetime. Fam
I was put on lisinipril back in Dec when I had an elevated blood pressure. I was on it for a month and bp went too low in January and my heart rate went up. I was put on metoprolol. After I had been on lisinipril, I had a blood test. My calcium level was high. In January, I had parathyroid hormone test and it was high. I have seen two surgeons. Now my levels are normal so have to have them retested in July. Since reading, I did find out not to take diurectics or calcium channel blockers for high blood pressure. I am on a low dose of metoprolol. I am 54 so don't know if my bp went up because of age, stress and anxiety, parathryoid, or who knows. If you go to the thyroid forum, there are some posts on parathyroid.
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I was just wondering about the calcium channel blockers, are you not supposed to take them if you have high blood calcium? Do you know why? I was just wondering because I am toprol and have intermittent high calcium. Thanks.
Thanks Pam. I'm on the thyroid board a lot but don't always post. I have thyroiditis with some nodules. I'm going to have my parathroids tested to. I'm also being tested for Fabry disease which can cause hbp. Fam