My husband, age 47 with CHF and arrythmia, just was released from the hospital. He had 56/34 blood pressure and it has been 169/102, now its 110/39 and he passed out two times yesterday and I am really confused as to what we should do next.
Have you contacted his cardiologist? What kind of medicines is he taking? I have read that licorice will increase BP. I found the below treatments for low BP on Medicine.net. I am sure that your husband's condition precludes him from using some or all of the medicines below:
Digitalis will increase his ejection fraction and blood flow rate, if he is in or at a certain stage of heart failure, but will not necessarily increase his blood pressure due to decreasing his vascular bed resistance. It would seem as though it might stop the passing out with increasing the blood flow. I don't know how well his arrhythmia would respond to Digitalis.
Did you not receive instructions from the hospital for what to do upon discharge? Surely low BP was discussed concerning someone with CHF. I would call the damn hospital and demand information or call 911 and return him. Read the discharge instructions. See if there are directions to be followed if low BP occurs.
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