Just giving one an update and if you would like, feel free to chime in and add your opinion. So a few weeks ago I posted that I received my second dose of Avastin and it, apparently, shot my BP up. I have never had BP issues before in my life!! I have taken atenenol 25 mg (beta blocker) for 20+ years for a very mild mitral valve prolapse! I have always maintained an incredible pressure 120/80 but now it is in the 150's and 160's over the high 80's or 90's. I have made several trips to the cardiologist and he said "slow to go" because he does not want to plummet my blood pressure to the point I faint. So the original regiment was my atenenol and we added a low dose of Diovan-HCTZ (contained a diuretic), which he needed to watch my sodium and potassium levels because of the diuretic portion of the BP pill. The next week I went back and my pressure was doing slightly better but we want it down so we added Procardia (I think 30mg; not sure) extended release. This BP med is another beta blocker. Another week goes by and my pressure is still not to where we need it to be so the doctor thought at first we would double the diovan but he got back my blood test. The Diovan shot my sodium down and slightly raised my potassium. STOP IT IMMEDIATELY!!! So two days ago I started Doxazosin because this med is an alpha blocker that specificially targets your BP.
Alpha Medications work by keeping the hormones of norepinephrine or noradrenaline at bay. Thus, it can lead to a smoother blood flow through open veins. The Beta Blockers, meanwhile, works by blocking the hormone called epinephrine or better known as adrenaline. This hormone often causes increased heart rates that can lead to increased blood pressure levels. The Beta medication prevents this from happening. Alpha blockers simply work to lower blood pressure and increase the blood flow to the heart while the Beta medications work in slowing the heart rate at the same time lowering BP rates.
So I am really venting my frustration and was just wondering if anyone else has been frustrated with an ordeal similar to this one? My doctor, who is a cardiologist, explained to me that we need to find the mix of meds that will work best for someone going through treatment. He is slow to go because if you go too fast you will not truly know the correct reading of your pressure. It takes time but I want things done yesterday - LOL LOL...
I am open to all opinions, suggestions or just a kick in the ass!!!!! LOL