Suffering from shortness of breath associated with high blood pressure?

I am a 60-year-old woman suffering from a condition that can be described as shortness of breath associated with high blood pressure (it goes as high as 180+/120 systolic/diastolic). This problem has started about three months ago and it continues with no improvement. The shortness of breath starts when I am standing or walking and I get tired quickly. To my knowledge, I have never suffered from shortness of breath or blood pressure before.

It is striking to me that all examinations about heart and lungs as well as test such as ECG, echocardiogram, blood test (complete, thromboses, fats, diabetes), spirometry, X-ray lungs, ultrasound (abdominal, thyroid), EGD of stomach, etc, all give normal results. Doctors do not find an apparent cause and relate my condition to emotional/stress. They prescribed some medication such as (Faverin 100mg and Sedoxil) which did not have any results except for making me feel sleepy all day long. In the last three days I started medication against high blood pressure.

Additional observations: I have observed that blood pressure is high when I get shortness of breath, I get tired quickly unless I walk very slowly. I also feel better in fresh places and I cannot stand in a hot or sunny place.

I wonder if you could help me with a second opinion and some advice to follow. Thank you!

Age:60
Female
Medications: Co-Diovan 160/12.5 mg

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The symptoms you describe do in fact resemble those associated with anxiety problems. However, before arriving at that conclusion I would rule out any central nervous system disorder first – you should consult a Neurologist. In addition I would also make sure to have been tested for renal problems – using ACR, GFR and BUN test,

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Hi Dr. J. Ernesto,

thank you for the quick reply. I will surely follow your advice and visit a neurologist and the the rest you suggested. However, I am confident that anxiety/stress play an important role for my condition. Therefore, I wonder if you could suggest some sort of medication that would be appropriate for the time being.

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For now, best is to try relaxation techniques based on focusing on your breathing. This will help you relax and reduce anxiety and stress. Prescription drugs are available but should be avoided unless absolutely necessary.

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Thank you! I appreciate your advice.