Could it be anxiety? Or do you think my blood pressure is to blame as it's been a little high lately?
I'm trying to totally quit cigarettes and it's very difficult so I take a bit of xanax. But I am still smoking a little. Only 4 puffs off a cigarette 3 or 4 times a day, then I throw them out.
I'm disturbed by the pounding in my ears. Does anyone know if this denotes a dangerous condition?
I'm having a carotid scan and a heart scan in another week.
My diastolic number is usually very good, under 80, usually in the 70's/ My systolic number runs high sometimes though.
I wouldn't get too worried about it. This has happened to me when my ear was almost plugged with ear wax, then when my blood pressure got just a little high I would hear it. Do you have a blood pressure monitor at home so you can check your own pressure? If so, it should be easy to determine if your pressure is just a bit higher than normal or if it is seriously high. Hearing it in your ear shouldn't by itself be a major concern.
What I think you're going to notice more is the pulse pressure (the difference between the systolic and diastolic). So, when your diastolic is low is when you are more likely to experience the "pounding" - especially, if your systolic is high at the same time.