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Q: my heart is beating fast and my head hurts my bld pressure is 147/84

I have been feeling not my self lately I am 51 and I checked my blood pressure it was 147/84 is that ok my head hurts and I feel strange.  My heart is beating fast as if I am running but I am not.

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Martin Cane, M.D., Health Pro
1/13/09 9:43pm



Thanks for your question.


Though your pressure is mildly elevated, I doubt this is causing your symptoms.  There are several possibilities that could account for your headache as well as your fast heart beat.


The smart and safest thing for you to do is make an appointment with your doctor for an evaluation of your symptoms.  He will verify your pressure, take a history, examine you, perform an electrocardiogram, and probably request some laboratory tests in an effort to get to the bottom of things.  Ask him/her to check your thyroid function on the laboratory tests, as elevated thyroid function is a common cause for fast heart beat.  Arrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythms) would show up on the electrocardiogram if you are experiencing this symptom at the time.  The headache may or may not be related to the fast heartbeat, something I am unable to say without the benefit of seeing you.


So call for an appointment as soon as possible.


Best wishes and feel better.


Martin Cane, M.D.



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