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Old 09-15-2006, 01:56 PM   #1
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Spiking Blood Pressure

Can anyone tell me what could be the cause of my blood pressure spikes primarily waking me out of sleep along with a high pulse along with feeling very warm? wondering does the "warmth" come from the b/p elevating or is that something on its own.I have read about Pheo's and I'm terrified of thinking about that. Therefore I pose my question. I awake at night with a pounding heart about 105 bpm, with blood pressure going as high as 180/100. Before bedtime my b/p was at a good rate. I am not on meds b/c usually my b/p is normal. As you can see, I'm worried. However I've read that many on this board have had spikes during the nite - am I correct? When I do get these spikes I take a small piece of Xanax and it brings me down. What do you think?

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Old 09-15-2006, 02:05 PM   #2
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Re: Spiking Blood Pressure

Hi lolasmom.
I know of people that had similar problems during the night due to anxiety/stress issues and panic attacks as well as menopausal symptoms. Has your doctor addressed these as possible culprits?

Old 09-15-2006, 03:59 PM   #3
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Hi and yes to your question. The first thing dr's attribute this to is anxiety / panic but researching this on line I came up with adrenal problems and it scared the hell out of me thinking the dr doesn't really know much about this because it's rare. I am past menopause so I can rule that problem out. It's a little scary - but whatever - I'll have to deal. Thanks.

Old 09-15-2006, 05:25 PM   #4
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Yes! I have this problem. I usually awaken about 2-3am almost every morning with bp's of 176/110 and 99 bpm. I have been tested for pheochromacytoma (which is simply a 24 hr urine or catecholamine study). Mine was negative. This condition, from what I understand is very rare and I"ve been informed that only about 3% of the population have it. I would have to venture to say that it sounds as tho' you may have sleep apnea. I was recently diagnosed with it. It is my understanding that due to this condition the heart and lungs never really rest, which in turn will increase the bp significantly. I have recently been placed on the CPAP machine for my sleep apnea and haven't quite mastered getting a full night's sleep using it. Therefore, my heart is not getting the rest it needs by lowering my pressure nor bpm. Hope this info helps!

Old 09-15-2006, 07:23 PM   #5
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Adriana - thanks for the info. I do know about sleep apnea. How did you know you had it? Did someone suggest you go for testing. I have read on line that Sleep Apnea could cause these problems but somehow I don't believe it's my problem. What are your symptoms of sleep apnea other than what we discussed. How would you know you have it. I think I read snoring is one. My husband says he hears me snore a little in the morning when he wakes up. Should I contribute that to sleep apnea? Not sure about anything anymore. Anyway, thanks - much appreciated....your post.

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