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Old 11-10-2004, 03:28 PM   #1
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Question Pulse Racing Frequently

I've been having problems with spiking blood pressure over the last several months, but now I seem to be also having a problem with my pulse racing frequently. I normally have a low pulse, 55-60, but all of a sudden it will go up to 112 or higher. I am on two blood pressure medicines which seem to control my blood pressure most of the time except when I start spiking. My blood pressure is almost always up when my pulse goes up. What do you think is causing this? I give up going to the doctor, they don't seem to be able to help.

 
Old 11-10-2004, 04:47 PM   #2
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Some BP meds have made my heart race and also made my BP rise. Maybe you are allergic to one or more of your meds.
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Old 11-10-2004, 05:04 PM   #3
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My pulse use to do that alot when I was on Altace, that is one reason I wanted OFF of it, along with some other nasty side effects. Took me almost a year and a half to convince my other dr. to get me off, as she said it was a great drug. Well dah, maybe for someone else, but not for me.

 
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Grayfox, my pulse also races when my BP is high, I believe mine is due to white coat and anxiety,Im on Toprolxl for the last few months ,but a recent trip to the ER for another problem had my BP at 208/102 and my pulse was in the 120s when I first walked in there,then after I calmed down it lowered a bit,I went to my dr 2 days after that and he prescribed me xanax,he says I have labile hypertension,Im not very familiar with that and Im trying to take the xanax every few days only, when I feel really anxious,but anyways I think my really rapid pulse is from anxiety.

 
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Kimerbly, i took toprol xl since 1999 and it caused my heart to race, especially when i went for my walks. Toprol xl is the worst bp med i've ever taken. I had so many side effects.

 
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It could be a lot of things. I would go to a specialist in HBP. I have no faith in GP's anymore.

 
Old 11-12-2004, 07:23 AM   #7
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I posted on this board a month or so ago because I would also have bp spikes and racing pulse at the same time. My heart, lung and kidney function was fine, so I even wondered if I had an adrenal tumor, since I could find no other explanation. I also wondered if Toprol, a beta blocker I was taking was the problem, since I did not develop these spikes until after I had been on that drug for a few months. These side effects are not listed for Toprol, but I was suspicious.

I weaned off the Toprol and went back to my former combination of Tiazac (calcium channel blocker) and clonidine. Within a week of getting off the Toprol, the spikes stopped for the most part, and were not as severe when they did occur. I still have some mild spikes very occasionally, but I am sure it was the beta blocker causing them. They are going away over time - clearly this would not be the case if it were a tumor.

You don't say what blood pressure meds you are taking, but if one of them is a beta blocker, I would say you should consider it might be the culprit.

 
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I posted on this board a month or so ago because I would also have bp spikes and racing pulse at the same time. My heart, lung and kidney function was fine, so I even wondered if I had an adrenal tumor, since I could find no other explanation. I also wondered if Toprol, a beta blocker I was taking was the problem, since I did not develop these spikes until after I had been on that drug for a few months. These side effects are not listed for Toprol, but I was suspicious.

I weaned off the Toprol and went back to my former combination of Tiazac (calcium channel blocker) and clonidine. Within a week of getting off the Toprol, the spikes stopped for the most part, and were not as severe when they did occur. I still have some mild spikes very occasionally, but I am sure it was the beta blocker causing them. They are going away over time - clearly this would not be the case if it were a tumor.

You don't say what blood pressure meds you are taking, but if one of them is a beta blocker, I would say you should consider it might be the culprit.

I am taking Diovan 160 and Clonidine. I went to an endocrinologist after my GP recommended it. He ran some bloodwork and a 24-hour urine test to check for the adrenal tumor possibility. My readings were only slightly above the top limit and apparently the readings must be higher than that to indicate the possibility. No other tests were done. My GP has suggested that maybe I should try the clonidine patch so the drug will be evenly dispersed. I am considering that. I have had many problems with other types of blood pressure drugs. Adverse reactions to Beta Blockers, Alpha Inhibitors and Calcium Channel blockers. My pulse goes down to around 40-45 and I have no energy. Thanks for your response. I am getting rather upset about how I feel. Not sure what to do. Alot of the times the spiking occurs is about two hours after I have taken a does of clonidine, so maybe using the patch is the answer. I'm glad you are feeling better.

 
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If you have a consistant pattern of spiking a couple hours after taking clonidine, it might be that drug. I did the patch for a while but it gave me skin irritation and did not work as effectively as the pills. It might be just what you need though.

I take my clonidine depending on what my bp readings are. My doctor would prefer I take regular small doses evenly throughout the day. I've taken it long enough that I mostly don't get so sleepy, but when I first started the pills, it really knocked my on my rear. I don't remember being so tired with the patch.

 
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