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What do breathlessness, palpitations and high BP indicate?

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Posted on Thu, 26 Oct 2017
Question: Short of Breath, Palpitations and elevated Blood Pressure; what's happening?
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Answered by Dr. Chobufo Ditah (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
How often an for how long has this been going on?

Detailed Answer:
Hi and thanks so much for this query.

I have reviewed your information fully. This is suggestive of a possible panic attack or anxiety episode if this is of recent occurrence. If it has been long standing, we may tend to look at other possibilities such as pheochromocytoma.

Before narrowing the list further, I will like to know for how long this has been going on and how often you experience the episodes. Also, how long each episodes lasts and the blood pressure readings during episodes.

Depending on your responses, initial evaluation and testing many be needed. If the final diagnosis is panic attack or anxiety episodes, management would be tailored to address these.

I hope hear from you. Until then, I wish you well. I will be back as soon as you get the above details to me.


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What do breathlessness, palpitations and high BP indicate?

Brief Answer: How often an for how long has this been going on? Detailed Answer: Hi and thanks so much for this query. I have reviewed your information fully. This is suggestive of a possible panic attack or anxiety episode if this is of recent occurrence. If it has been long standing, we may tend to look at other possibilities such as pheochromocytoma. Before narrowing the list further, I will like to know for how long this has been going on and how often you experience the episodes. Also, how long each episodes lasts and the blood pressure readings during episodes. Depending on your responses, initial evaluation and testing many be needed. If the final diagnosis is panic attack or anxiety episodes, management would be tailored to address these. I hope hear from you. Until then, I wish you well. I will be back as soon as you get the above details to me.