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Posted by Neil Christensen on February 15, 2000 at 13:37:41:

I am 26 years old and was diagnosed with high blood pressure a couple of months ago. I am about 15 pounds over my ideal weight and my cholesterol level is only 87 so while diet does not appear to have a bearing on my problem, stress and inactivity probablly do. I have been taking lotesin? for the last two and a half weeks and my blood pressure readings at home have been significantly lower...116/78 this morning and I haven't recorded a reading over 125/85 in the past week and a half or so. The problem is my pulse rate. This was also a concern to the doctor, but he thought it may just be due to nervousness at the appointment. My resting pulse rate is anywhere from 100-106, and I have recorded readings as high as the mid 120's after really doing nothing more than walking around. I stopped drinking cafeine all together about three weeks ago to see if that would help, but it really hasn't made any difference at all, at least in terms of the pulse rate. I am also having what I described to the doctor as twitching in various muscle groups in my body. This seems to be random, but I've had them pretty much all over. I have a very difficult time sleeping, mainly due to pretty severe sinus problems. My doctor has set me up with a sleep specialist to check for problems like sleep apnea, ect at the beginning of March. Hopefully this solves a lot of the problems, but I am extremely worried about the pulse rate. How big of a problem is this? I do not have a follow up apointment scheduled with the doctor until the first part of March but I wanted to see if I should follow up on the pulse rate problem before that.

Thanks.
Neil

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