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Wide pulse pressure

blueberries

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Does anyone else here, especially those over 60, have a wide pulse pressure (the difference between systolic and diastolic)? Normal pulse pressure is 40. Mine runs around 60, sometimes higher. My bp runs approximately 120/60, my diastolic being very low. I used to think this was a good thing, but after having a couple tests 2 years ago and reading up on it I find it’s not a good thing. It generally means the arteries are stiffened and the chance of having a heart attack are greatly increased. There is no cure or treatment. Anything done to raise the diastolic will also raise the systolic which isn’t advisable. And if the arteries are already stiffened there’s not much one can do to ”unstiff” them. I asked the doctor about it and he just brushed it off and said it’s normal; what I assume he meant was “it’s normal for your age, and there’s nothing we can do about it so we’re going to ignore it” but it really isn’t normal for anyone at any age, it’s rather rare to have this condition.

Despite having a good weight, eating well, not smoking, etc. it looks like I have heart disease anyway. I don’t know how bad my heart is, but I do know that the tests ran showed several abnormalities (one being a confirmation that yes, my arteries are indeed stiff), all of which he brushed off. I more or less forgot about it until someone I know started talking about it earlier this week. So I started looking into it again and see there is absolutely nothing good about having this, especially along with the other things found. No tests showed I was in any immediate danger (such as needing a stent or pacemaker or anything along that line) but I’m all the more likely to die from a heart attack. To make matters worse I’ve been suffering from the worst fatigue ever the last few days along with a cough, both symptoms of congestive heart failure. Or maybe mesothelioma, which is my other big fear right now.

I’m not getting a break from this at all. 24/7 my mind has been thinking cancer all along. Now I have to somehow push that aside to make room for heart disease. I don‘t like anything that is “normal for your age.” That’s not a good thing for me to hear.
 

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Ask for a consultation with a cardiologist if you are concerned. It might make you feel better to get an expert opinion and they know so much more than regular general practitioners about things like this. Fatigue and a cough could be anything from a cold to allergies, etc so I wouldn't think that would have anything to do with it. As for the "normal for your age," things do change as we age. I have things now in my 50s I never had 20 years ago. That's just life. Nobody wants to get older, but once I hit 50 all kinds of lovely changes happened! I wouldn't be overly concerned, though, until I spoke with a specialist.
 

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I should have mentioned, it was the cardiologist I saw. What he said did nothing to help, just makes me feel he doesn't know what he's talking about and ignoring my concerns.
 

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Oh wow, yeah I wouldn't be happy with that response either. Could you get a second opinion from another cardiologist? At the very least I would go back and tell him you need more of an explanation than that and tell him how concerned you are. Some doctors are terrible at relating to patients and their fears. There should be a thorough explanation so that you feel reassured when you leave.
 
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