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What causes shortness of breath when on BP medications?

Hi, I've started taking bendroflumethiazide blood pressure tablets and i have for some time now over 7 months, in the last month or two i have noticed that i am out of breath picking up my toddler, i never used to be, i can walk very far, go up and down steps fine but when i push her in the pram or lift her up its as if i have lifted something heavy without building up for it or walking out into a heatwave, heart slightly pounding and caught a bit short for breath. I've had x-rays and heart monitor not lnog ago and myheart is fine, i don't get out as much in the week as i used to but never had problems breathing.
Wed, 5 Apr 2017
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Hello!

Welcome and thank you for asking on HCM!

I understand your concern and would recommend consulting with your attending physician for a careful physical exam and some tests to investigate for the possible causes:

- a resting ECG and a cardiac ultrasound
- complete blood count for anemia
- blood electrolytes
- respiratory function tests to exclude a lung disorder
- kidney and liver function tests.

Hope to have been helpful!

Kind regards,

Dr. Iliri

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