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Does hypothyroidism and anxiety cause hypertension?

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Dr. Priyank Mody


Practicing since :2009

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Posted on Mon, 23 Nov 2015 in Hypertension and Heart Disease
Question: I have been having BP for about 25 years, age 60 and has been taking Revlol AM 25/2.5 (1-1) twice a day plus cardace 2.5 mg.once a day. with this BP has been normal for few years. one year back, during routine test, my Thyroid TSH was found to be 6.35, and I was prescribed Thyronorm 25 mcg once early monring. Immediately TSH became normal. so 6 weeks back, i cut it down to one every alternate day, and TSH when tested on 12 th Oct 2015 was still normal at 2.5. So from 13 th Oct, I totally stopped Thyronorm tab, and again tested TSH on 30-10-2015, and it has increased to 4.32.

In the meanwhile my BP also has shot up and has been bit erratic. My Dr increased the dosage of Revlol AM 25/2.5 to ( 2-0-1) and Cardace to 5-0-5. with this high dosage , BP is struggling to get normal now, say 140/90.
the increased BP has coincided with my reducing Throid medicine. Of course, i had tension and anxiety also during this period. Is there any correlation between stopping Thyroid medicine and my increase of BP. I am also now concerned about enhanced dosage of BP medicines. Kindly advise. XXXXXXX
Answered by Dr. Priyank Mody 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
Yes change in thyroid medication, may increase the BP

Detailed Answer:
I am Dr Mody and I would be addressing your concern.

Hypothyroidism per say is associated with higher blood pressure over period of time .

1) About thyroid.
In the initial part only your th was very borderline , at 6.5 , it's considered subclinical hypothyroidism and you don't tend to treat all patient till th is above 10 . However considering that medication was started for you , very low dose will suffice , so alternate day thyronorm would be enough.
I am not in support of stopping medication suddenly, as in such case you do more harm to the body system, as it has just accustomed to new plateau.

2) taking thyronorm will not cause much increase in blood pressure, if sudden stopping has resulted in rebound hypertension, may be the reason for increase .
Most importantly you have to understand that th will not respond to acute status of your body thyroid hormones , it takes 2-3 months to change accordingly , so making dramatic changes in dosage after th at short intervals is not a good idea .

3) exactly how much change in blood pressure has occurred because of thyroid medication is difficult to predict, however Yes , it changes your pressure reading .
Though anxiety and work stress might be more important reasons for change as it has been stable for so many years .

4)the anti hypertensive medication you I'd a good combination.
However a fine medication I would suggest is .
Cardace H in morning and plain cardace at night .
The House component is a diuretic , the most common reason for hypertension in hypothyroidism is subtle fluid retention.
Check pressures are a week if normalized may start decreasing dose of revolol A.
Any further clarification let me know

Regards Dr. Priyank Mody

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vaishalee Punj
Follow up: Dr. Priyank Mody 1 hour later
Thank you Dr. for your reply. It makes sense to me now. i noticed first the variation in the pressure first around 10 th Oct, when I checked it was 180/104. My first test of Thyroid after switching over to alternate day was on 12-10-2015, when the TSH reading was 2.52. I showed it to my Dr. on 12 th Oct, who increased my BP Dosage as indicated earlier, after experiments, and suggested that I try stopping Thy. Anyway as You are suggesting, shall I take the following medicines with immeidate effect.
1) Thyronorn 25 mcg altenate day 1 tab ( is there any smaller dosage available?)

2) Revlol AM 25/2.5 twice a day. 1-1 ( for the last 5 days I increased it to 2-1) . I have been taking this dosage only all these years.

3) Cardace H 2.5 mg- 1 & plain cardace 2.5 mg in the evening.

Besides, i also take Aspisol 75 mg in the evening and Astor 10 mg in the afternoon. all Lipid profile readings are normal or near normal. I had a stent inplanted in 2007, but lead an active life, with no complications. I also work out / walk reasonably daily.

Pl confirm if the above medicines are ok. Also is it necessary to introduce Cardace H, as I never really had the problem of fluid retention.
Answered by Dr. Priyank Mody 10 hours later
Brief Answer:
No for thyronorm, yes for revolol, cardace H , aspirin ,, statin

Detailed Answer:
Hello ,
1) As you have already stopped thyroid med you may wait for the next report . Nxt time along with th get free t4/t3 done as well . So if th below 10 with normal t3/t4 no mess required . If t3/t4 low with borderline tsh, start with 12.5 thyronorm. Yes it's available in 12.5 strength in market

2) as you have already increased revolol and you have been taking it for so long , continue with the present dosage , as revolol component is even good for heart

3) H component doesn't just flush out fluids , the reason why I suggested the same
A) hypothyroidism tends to have some extra fluid which may be result of higher pressure which might not come as swelling (it's to late stage ) , so will help neutralise it
B) after 60 the elasticity of arteries decrease , Hydrochlorthiazide help to maintain the same .
3) cardace at increase dose may cause hyperkalemia( increased potassium ) , needing monitoring of electrolyte , and H will cause hypo kalemia, thus neutralise the side effect .
The above reason make it a attractive option foe you
Instead of Hydrochlorthiazide, chlorthalidone is available in market which is better. You may discuss the same with your physician during next visit.

4) life long aspirin and statin is recommended after stent and you must continue the same.

Regards Dr. Priyank Mody

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