I am currently taking 50mg of Atenonol for PVC's and Tachyccardia
and have been for the past year. This tends to slow down my heart rate to the 43-48 range, but my blood pressure averages around 132/80. My first question is how much does Atenolol reduce blood pressure? Would I have High Blood Pressure if I reduced or elliminated the Atenolol being that mine is borderline most of the time, and high sometimes even on the dosage I'm taking.
Second question is: I sometimes experience panic attacks and take 1mg Clonazapam daily for this. Lately I have had periods where I feel dizzy, almost to the point of passing out. Is this a panic attack (I usually have more than one symptom)? This usually happens when I am under alot of stress at work or am emotionally distressed.Yesterday morning I woke up feeling dizzy, but felt fine after I sat down on the bed and took a few deep breaths. Could this be related to arrythmias? Whenever I've had arrythmia's in the past I've always felt them.
I am 33yrs old, 6ft, 163pds, have no family history of heart problems except for my grandfather who had a heart attack at 65, but had a drinking problem. I've worn a holter monitor showing only one instance of sinus tacchacardia. Had a negative MRI scan of the chest. Negative stress test, negative stress echo (mild mitral regurgitation, mild thickening of mitral valves) and normal ECG's (about 15).I also have a slight murmer. The doctor said I'm in good shape but I worry about the blood pressure. It sometimes shoots up to 150/95, but then stabilizes at 130/78. Should I consider blood pressure medication? Of course I am only asking your advice and will consult my doctor.
Thankyou for your help. This site helps many people and I know you all work very hard.
Atenolol lowers blood pressure and heart rate by blocking receptors that will increase heart rate and blood pressure. As far as the addition of a blood pressure medication, I would suggest that you talk with your internist and ask them these questions. You amy want to consider ambulatory blood pressure monitoring to determine how much your BP fluctuates in a day.
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