Originally Posted by jodo
during a heart attack your blood pressure could go up, down or stay the same
I agree with jodo, and just to expand on what...he (I'm guessing if you're a "he" jodo
) is saying, it all depends on where the heart attack is happening.
First of all, stop checking your blood pressure when you are getting chest pains, because it sounds like you are having more of the anxiety pains than anything...checking your blood pressure, even though it's reassuring, only reinforces the behaviour and you'll keep doing it over and over again, and become more and more hypervigilant.
In terms of what I was talking about above with the heart attack, depending on WHERE the heart attack is happening, will result in a certain part of the heart dying and will result in certain symptoms. More commonly with a heart attack, you will get LOW blood pressure for two reasons....
#1, most heart attacks happen in the left ventricle which is the chamber which is responsible for pumping blood to the rest of the body. When this is affected, the ability of the heart to pump blood is reduced, and you get low blood pressure.
#2. Often times you can get a heart attack at the division between heart chambers, which can affect the electrical system of the heart causing arrythmias....this can also result in low blood pressure.
#3. If you were having a real heart attack, trust me, unless you're a diabetic, you wouldn't be able to take your blood pressure...you'd be much more preoccupied with how much pain you're in and how hard it is for you to breathe.