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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi, i have high blood pressure and take Micardis daily (80mg). I am 42 year old male. Every now and then i see spots & zig-zag type lights in my vision. Happens weekly sometimes more. Today when it happened i toook my blood pressure with my home wrist unit and it jumped to 228/185. after the spots went away it went back to 118/68. i was wondering what could be causing this. thanks
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Doctor :   I am Dr.XXX
Doctor :   Let me read your query
User :   hello
Doctor :   Give me a couple of minutes
Doctor :   It is obvious from your history that you do not have a stable blood pressure and it still fluctuates
Doctor :   The home BP machine measured it as 228/185 which is termed malignant ( worrisome)
Doctor :   and at this Blood pressure levels it is common to see such changes in your vision
User :   ok, should i make an appt with my primary care doctor about this?
Doctor :   Yes
Doctor :   As soon as possible
Doctor :   Also discuss the option of multiple BP medicines rather than one medicine
Doctor :   with your treating doctor
Doctor :   Or splitting of dosages
User :   ok thank you very much, do you think its controllable with meds or is there possibly something else i will need to do?
Doctor :   I also suggest you to get hospitalized till the BP is stabilized and the dose is set
User :   should i go to ER? or wait to be seen?
Doctor :   Can you get an appointment in next 24 hours with the doctor
Doctor :   If not go to ER
User :   ok i will try and make appt , if not, ill go to ER. Thanks for your advice, i apprecaite it..
Doctor :   Any other questions?
Doctor :   Feel free to ask
User :   no i think thats covers what i needed, its kinda weird it doesnt happen all the time, its not happening at the same time
Doctor :   Ok, get well soon.
Doctor :   Bye for now
User :   thanks again
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