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What causes blurred vision, rapid heart rate and high BP?

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Posted on Thu, 14 May 2015
Question: i have been a little stressed lately..this afternoon while talking to a neighbor my vision went blurry and was hard to focus on her face..it was like a bright grate was blocking her face..it did not last very long..i had no other symptoms but maybe a fast heartrate because it freaked me out. what would cause this. i checked my blood pressure after it was also a little high. should i go to the doctor
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Answered by Dr. Ram Choudhary (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
get examined in ER as soon as possible

Detailed Answer:
Hi
Welcome to healthcare magic.
Sudden dizziness and blurring of vision in presence of high blood pressure is a quite precarious state.
I may be due to cardiac problem or a cerebrovascular problem or vasovagal syncope.
It may lead to serious consequences.
You should go to ER as soon as possible.
They will assess you, it may be wise to get an EKG and a CT scan of the brain if there are hard signs on examination.
I hope the advice will be helpful for you.
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Follow up: Dr. Ram Choudhary (46 minutes later)
i have had these aura before a migraine before that is what it seemed like..only this time it only lasted for a few seconds and then went back to normal.usually they would last for a few minutes..it seemed like there was a bright light in my eye i had looked out the window at the light and then was looking back at my neighbor would that have caused it .my blood pressure is back to normal

what is vasovagal syndrome

i did not have any dizziness only a bright light that blurred my central vision not my peripheral vision
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Answered by Dr. Ram Choudhary (23 hours later)
Brief Answer:
may be due to flash of light

Detailed Answer:
Hi
Welcome to healthcare care magic.
You have provided important feedback about having migraine.
It is quite possible to have prolonged central dark spot if you happen to see a bright light for few seconds, especially when you are having migraine
It is quite possible that vision problem happened due to flash of light rather than by high blood pressure.
Vasovagal Syncope is a phenomenon of sudden drop in blood pressure with slow heart rate and transient loss of consciousness.
I think you will recover soon, just avoid such exposures again.
Take care.
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Brief Answer: get examined in ER as soon as possible Detailed Answer: Hi Welcome to healthcare magic. Sudden dizziness and blurring of vision in presence of high blood pressure is a quite precarious state. I may be due to cardiac problem or a cerebrovascular problem or vasovagal syncope. It may lead to serious consequences. You should go to ER as soon as possible. They will assess you, it may be wise to get an EKG and a CT scan of the brain if there are hard signs on examination. I hope the advice will be helpful for you.