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#1 JustME

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Posted 11 August 2010 - 05:43 PM

Does anyone ever have a problem with a low pulse and low blood pressure?? I have had recent changes in my pulse that is accompanied by dizziness and back pain. I have had a stress test and echo and my heart doctor says heart is fine. My normal pulse has always been about 80-95 and now it quickly changed to an average of 63 as low as 51. My doctor says this is still within normal range but I read that is true only if you are fit and not having any other symptoms. I am wondering if maybe it is related to the Scleroderma, I have CREST. My doctors have not been able to answer my questions regarding this problem.

#2 Jeannie McClelland

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Posted 12 August 2010 - 03:10 AM

Hi akchrist,

I was having problems with bradycardia (slow heart beat) and in my case, it was thyroid related. The slow heart beat caused my blood pressure to drop and that made me feel 'greyed out' when I aggravated it by standing from a lying or sitting position. It seems to have remedied itself since I've been on thyroid medication. Do you know if your thyroid levels have been checked recently?

Speaking of medications, they can also be the cause of the symptoms you are having. I'd suggest maybe doing a medication review (a pharmacist can help) to see if that could be all or part of the problem.

I hope you feel better soon!

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Posted 12 August 2010 - 09:55 AM

Hi Jeannie,
Thanks for replying! Yes, I had my thyroid checked also electrolyte levels. Everything was fine. Everything seemed to get worse when I started exercising and that is why I thought it may be the heart. It has gotten a little better since I stopped exercising but has not gone away.

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Posted 12 August 2010 - 10:44 AM

Well, my husband has always claimed that exercise (and fresh air) are bad for a person, but this is the man who still rides a bike to work so I don't think he's serious! :lol:
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Posted 16 August 2010 - 06:58 AM

According the Mayo Clinic, the average heart rate for adults is 60 to 100. See the article "Heart Rate: What's normal?" Before I got scleroderma, my resting heart rate was between 50 to 60. My blood pressure has always been considered low (60/100) and I seem to deal with it fine. Since you have had a stress test and ECHO and the results were "fine" according to your doctor, then your symptoms might be caused by something else. Have you been checked for anemia? My fatigue level started increasing last year and so did my dizzy spells. My rheumatologist checked my iron levels and found that I had iron-deficiency anemia. I now take iron supplements and am doing much better.
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