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Old 11-12-2005, 06:33 AM   #1
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I need some help and advice from all of you out there who know about hypertension. I believed to have had this before I was pregnant, but was never diagnosed. I think that perhaps it was pre hypertension because my levels were not that high. Well the first time I was diagnosed with this, I went to my primary, and my bp was 150/100, then 140/90 and so on. It was high, and I was about 2 months pregnant. Well, she also noticed that my pulse was about 160bpm. I dont know what was going on with me. But I know it was surely different than before. Well, she had me go to the er because she couldnt figure out what was going on. They did blood tests, ekg and scans on my lungs, everything came back fine. They also conducted that when I was at rest my bp was perfect. When I stood up it rose. Well, my primary perscribed me methyldopa. So I am taking that 2 times a day. She also had an appointment made for me to see a cardiologist. Well, After a few weeks on this drug I started feeling better and my heart slowed down considerably. And of course I was stupid and didnt go to my appointment with the cardiologist. Well, this past week, I ended up getting sick. And my heart rate has gone up to about 100bpm at rest and 108 or more when active. And by when I say active, this is just going from my bed to the bathroom.. and I can feel my heart pounding through my chest and it scares me. Well over the past week, I have been sick with bronchitis, and my heart has been acting very funny, kinda like pops in my chest.. and when I move around I can feel my heart through my chest. My pulse is high, and my bp rose a little to about 130/74. I dont know what to do. Do you think that this is possibly pregnancy related, and that perhaps I should go see a cardiologist? Do you think that it could be a more underlying cause called primary pulimanary hypertension? I am scared, and I feel like at times I get the run around. I worry too much as well, and I am so scared of death for myself as well as my unborn child. With hypertension I can get pre eclampsia or eclampsia. Does primary pulimanary hypertension happen suddenly? Or is it something that would have been found on the lung scan and ekg about 2 months ago? Any help would be great.. I am scared of dying.. I dont want to die while giving birth, I dont want to have to give up my baby due to primary pulimanary hypertension. I dont know what to do.. this is the only place I can really turn to.

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Old 11-12-2005, 07:46 AM   #2
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Re: help

Hey there, first let me say relax. I know that everything that is going on is scary but you need to relax , all this panic will only make things worse. If I remeber correctly you said you were overweight and did you also say you had anxiety issues? If so these two themeselves can be detrimental to b/p. Losing weight is a must! however being pregnant this is close to immpossible, Itoo was scared about hypertension ., when I went to the dr the confirm my pregnancy my bp was high and they told me to comeback to check it, I got myself on a strict meal and exercise regimine and all has been fine, I too am overweight so please dont take all this the wrong way, but dont panic cause b/p is very managable, and usually a reversible condition with proper nutrition and diet things will fall into place..does hypertension run in your family? If im really stressed my b/p runs higher, but in a healthy pregnancy b/p actually tends to run lower than normal, it can or can't be caused by pregnancy, so relax and go see your cadiologist..

Old 11-12-2005, 09:03 AM   #3
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I asked my mom this morning if there is any instances of hypertension in the family, she said no. See only my grandpa has heart problems, but he was well in age before he was diagnosed. I am just so scared of losing my baby, and losing my life. I love this baby dearly, and it would destroy me to have to let it go. None the less, I dont want to die, I cant leave my family. My hubby and I finally are together again after being seperated for a few months. And I have so many life goals set. I want to be a radiologist, ultrasound tech. But, I dont know what to do. This fear of death came from last year when I watched my grandmother pass.. she had lung cancer. This scares me to the fullest. I also saw my dad pass last year too. So it hit me hard, depression, and panic disorder. Also health anxiety. People wouldnt take me seriously and it made me think that I was crazy, and in a way I was, or still am. Delusions of death. And there really isnt much you can do for a pregnant woman without harming the baby. There are other methods, but, some I already tried.. Thanks for your response.

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