Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
128 Doctors are Online

Feeling dizzy, high blood pressure and chest heaviness. Should I be worried?

User rating for this question
Very Good
Answered by

General & Family Physician
Practicing since : 2001
Answered : 14917 Questions

My husband has spells where he gets dizzy, he feels faint, his blood pressure and pulse get high, his chest is heavy and I can see his beat in his neck. This happens when he does things like cutting grass. Is this something to worry about. he will not be seen.
Posted Sat, 3 Nov 2012 in Hypertension and Heart Disease
Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 2 hours later
Hi, thanks for using healthcare magic

This sounds like ischemic heart disease which is decrease blood flow to the heart. In the early stages symptoms do not occur at rest but start when the person is active because this the time the heart has to work harder and therefore needs more blood.
Ischemic heart disease commonly occurs in persons who may have a history of hypertension,high cholesterol. It is also more common in diabetics, smokers, persons with excess weight, persons who are inactive.
Normally a persons with your husband's symptoms would be investigated with an ECG to assess the rhymth of the heart, it can also provide information on the size of the different parts of the heart and whether any area is experiencing reduced blood flow.
Depending on what the ECG shows an echo may be recommended.

Normal treatment entails: (1)control of any risk factors that may worsen the condition (control blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, stop smoking if it is an issue- these conditions would be controlled by lifestyle changes and medication- you may want to check out the DASH diet [dietary approaches to stop hypertension].)
(2) physical activity to increase the strength of the heart- it may be best to be assessed first before starting any program or ask your doctor what exercise would be safe
(3) medication is given to be taken when the symptoms occur-these medications dilate the blood vessels to the heart to increase blood flow
(4) aspirin is normally prescribed

I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask a Cardiologist

© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor