I have a terrible headache, tightness in my chest, and shortness of breath with a high BP. Kindly help.

Q. What causes an increase in blood pressure with a terrible headache and shortness of breath?

Answered by
Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq
and medically reviewed by Dr. K Shobana
This is a premium question & answer published on Apr 09, 2023 and last reviewed on: Aug 07, 2023

Hello doctor,

I am a 50-year-old and weigh 540 pounds. I have a terrible headache, tightness in my chest, and shortness of breath. My blood pressure was 176/132 mmHg the last time I checked. Kindly help.



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I suggest you follow the following measures to control blood pressure. Avoid smoking and other addictions. Reduce salt intake in the diet. Reduce fatty foods, junk foods, and saturated fats. Avoid stress and anxiety. Do regular moderate-intensity exercise such as brisk walking for 30 minutes. Have proper night sleep, at least eight hours per 24 hours including at least six hours of night uninterrupted sleep. Reduce weight even if the weight is within the normal range. Drink plenty of water. Do deep breathing exercises and meditation. Measure your blood pressure while you are totally relaxed, and sit for five minutes in a quiet room without talking to anyone. Empty bowel and bladder before checking blood pressure. Avoid tea or coffee 30 minutes before checking bp. Sit on a chair with feet on the ground, back supported, hand supported on the table, and cuff at the position of the heart. Check blood pressure, and repeat after five minutes again. Then check blood pressure in the other arm and repeat after five minutes. During the entire period remain relaxed and quiet. Arm with higher BP readings is your bp. You may take at least two or more readings and the average of readings is your actual blood pressure. Kindly tell me your current antihypertensives so that I may guide you accordingly. I hope I have cleared all your doubts. Thank you.

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