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My question revolves around your statement that you added a beta blocker "which has usually worked wonders". Have you been on beta blocker therapy for a while? ever? or is this a new pill for you?

I feel like I'm a broken record on this site sometimes, but I had such a bad experience with Atenolol (a beta blocker), with very similar adrenaline bursts, anxiety and quickly elevating blood pressure, that I have to ask you about it.

In some people, especially ones with poor peripheral circulation, the elevated BP will be caused by beta blockers because they restrict peripheral circulation as part of their action. And most of the time the BP is OK, but bam! out of the blue comes the adrenaline burst (high catacholamines), headache, ringing in the ears and racing heart.

So if I were you, I'd do some research on the beta blocker you are taking and see it's side effects and go from there.
I think sometimes a root cause can be found, or one can make a hypothesis---or perhaps a real condition that is known to cause hypertension-----but to me the main thing is, okay, what do we do now?

I know people will yell at me and say it is ridiculous, you can do lifestyle changes and get rid of hypertension. Happy stroke to you.

In all of the reading and in talking to doctors and pharmacists---it is pretty typical in an aging population. When I first found out I had hypertension in 2003 when I was 54, I was hysterical because I stupidly assumed only under-active, poor diet, overweight, don't pay attention to their health----people---got hypertension.

Well, obviously thin, fat, old, young, active, in-active people can have hypertension. I mentioned in another post Cindy McCain has hypertension and a few years ago when she had lost weight and was exercising extensivey decided to stop her meds---and had a stroke.

Several doctors have told me that since I had pre-eclampsia with my first pregnancy was a pre-cursor of hypertension later in life---
same way women who have pregnancy induced diabetes are more likely to become diabetic later in life.

so after becoming hysterical, I decided okay let's see what is the best combination of drugs----and what more can I do to stay healthy-----and since the drugs control my bp well, I will be on them for the rest of my life----

In my case a cardiologist did a lot of tests----and I am very sensitive to all meds and I am the type sensitive to adrenaline and stress------so I take atenolol because I was having a high pulse rate when first diagnosed.

I have recently switched from a calcium channel blocker which my first doctor I think should not have prescribed and am starting an ace inhibitor---
which my new doctor says is more protective of the kidneys among other things and he likes----

So if your bp goes up you may never know exactly why-----you can do a lot of things to make it better-----but the way I look at it, God gave us the knowledge to create medications to use cautiously and carefully---but he gave us the knowledge all the same.

So I am into okay what do I do know---and sometimes it takes experimentation and a good doctor to work with you to figure it out---
I do believe if a person continues to have elevated blood pressure numbers, it is indeed real.
And at some point, what the root cause is----is not as important as treating it so that the numbers remain down.
Some people will swear that with lifestyle changes alone bp meds are not necessary---perhaps in some cases that is true.
But much hypertension is hereditary and seems also to come with aging, and even thin and active people can have hypertension.

I come from an era and I do this to myself---that if there is something wrong with me, i.e. hypertension, then I am a horrible awful person. When I was first diagnosed with hypertension 5 and a half years ago I was stunned---I was always so healthy, so active, never smoked. I had thought only lazy people who didn't take care of themselves got high blood pressure (only kidding here, but our minds do strange things to us)

Always, we can do things to stay as healthy as possible. And then work with a doctor to find the best combination of treatment. I have been well-controlled for years, but then decided I didn't like the side effects of one med
and we are trying some new ones---and there is definitely a period of adjustment.
I also have a huge tendency to anxiety, all my life. I think it is a body type, mental and emotional type----so I have taken a beta blocker, atenolol, very successfully for a long time. We are experimenting with a second drug to maintain the levels I need, but the atenolol solves the issue that I can tend to have a rapid heartbeat and my cardiologist did a number of tests and my rhythm is good, but I need the beta blockers for that piece of it.

I also happens to be used for the treatment of anxiety---as I am trying to find the right combination of a new medication which my doctor thinks will be much for beneficial for me, I have been experiencing a great deal of anxiety which I thought I had left behind. Well, the atenolol helps with that.

My doctor told me he has a patient who is a musician and when he travels, he has a level of anxiety that is not helpful, so he uses a beta blocker for that.

And you know the number one issue with so many people and their blood pressure?? They don't take their meds on a regular basis---they get lazy if they are feeling okay. I understand that some meds have horrible side effects for some people, so they need to find a different drug.

But there are people who are fine on a drug or drugs and simply do not bother to take it on a regular basis.

My father had hypertension and coronary artery disease---but he lived to be 89 and died more of natural causes because he had great care and always took his meds.

His mother, my grandmother, died way too young, way before I hardly knew her because she didn't believe in doctors, believed in spiritual healing---not that there is anything wrong with that----except when she finally decided to take medication for angina it was way too late in her life----as far as how many years she had had high bp but didn't treat. She died way too young at age 67.

I will be 60 this year and I am vigilant about treating my bp---no matter what the root cause.
Hang in there