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Q. My father has episodes of shortness of breath and increased heart rate. Why?

Answered by
Dr. Surender Kumar
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Aug 02, 2017

Hello doctor,

My father is 68 years old, and from the last six months, he is suffering from a few health problems. He has a severe gas problem and stomach pain. He keeps complaining about gas getting accumulated in his stomach.  As a result, he has burping and shortness of breath, and his heart rate increases. He also feels his head heavy. We consulted a gastro doctor, who gave him medicines, and we also did CT scan. But the doctor could not find the problem. The medicines relieved his symptoms a little, and the sudden attacks got reduced also. The doctor referred us to a psychiatrist, who gave him Sertraline 50 mg and sleeping pills at night. My dad is taking the tablets from four days, and his BP has shot up to 170/90 mmHg. If he does not take the medicines, he has panic attacks. Is the suggested treatment appropriate? Why is his BP increasing?

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Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

As per the case history that you narrated, your father might have a somatoform disorder. It is good that the CT abdomen is fine.

  • Your father's complaints are quite common among this age group. You had not mentioned whether he is having any history of forgetfulness, irritability, and any drug abuse. However, I suggest you give capsule Pantocid-L (Pantoprazole and Levosulpiride) in the morning, on an empty stomach.
  • I suggest he also takes the following medicines:
  1. Tablet D-veniz 50 (Desvenlafaxine) in the morning.
  2. Tab Arpizol 5 mg (Aripiprazole), half tablet at night.
  3. Clonotril (Clonazepam) 0.5 mg at night if he finds it difficult to sleep. Try this treatment for a month after consulting your doctor, it will give good results.

For more information consult a psychiatrist online --> https://icliniq.com./ask-a-doctor-online/psychiatrist


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