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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Could I have a heart problem or is it anxiety?

    Hi, I am a 32 yeard old women currently on Verapamil for high blood pressure and what the Dr thinks is Migraine associated vertigo, even though I dont get headaches, I do feel dizzy alot. My BP has been brought down since taking the medication for a month.

    A few days ago I made myself go to the ER after having a bad nights sleep with shortness of breath, centralised chest tightness travelling up the right side of my jaw ,pins and needles in both arms and nausea. Then waking up ok, only to have it happen to me again whilst walking through a shopping centre.

    It feels like it might be anxiety even though nothing was happening that should cause that at the time. As this is an ongoing problem the Dr said to try a a holter monitor to rule out heart problems. I feel like a hypochondriac going to the Dr and having tests come back clear, my BP was up at 150/95 even though I am on BP meds. My question for the moment is, if it happens again should I go to the hospital or pass it off?
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    Dr John Mahony

    Cosmetic Physician

    Dr John Mahony studied Medicine at Sydney University 1980-1984 graduating early 1985. Internship and residency years followed in the Illawarra, covering general medical and surgical … View Profile

    You are not a hypochondriac: you are  a person who should be seeing a cardiologist.

    Just because you are only 32 and female doesn't mean you can't have ischaemic heart disease.

    Note to all:

    If you are getting central chest tightness you should never just “pass it off”.

    Go to the hospital (maybe chew an aspirin first).

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