What causes facial numbness and high BP with family history of cardiac arrest?
My son-in-law, 37, fit and not overweight, went into the hospital emergency yesterday with face numbness and very high blood pressure. His cardiac enzymes were elevated. He was admitted and received heparin to reduce his blood pressure and he just went through a cardiac stress test...what are they looking for and should he expect to be discharged today? Would that be a good idea? His mother died of cardiac arrest in her mid to late forties.
The cardiac stress test is done to rule out Coronary artery disease (CAD) since cardiac enzymes were elevated with high BP. Anticoagulant heparin is given to reduce coagulability of blood for Acute Coronary Syndrome(Non-ST-Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction and Unstable Angina) and not to reduce high BP. The outcome of the investigation will dictate the further course of action. Family history of premature heart disease/Sudden cardiac death (SCD)/cardiac arrest in a first-degree relative.
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Dr. Tushar Kanti Biswas, Internal Medicine Specialist
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