Medicine

cateyes1213
By cateyes1213 Latest Reply 2012-11-21 21:11:43 -0600
Started 2012-11-14 13:58:02 -0600

I was on bystolic 2.5 mg daily. Now my cardio decides to change me to benicar. I also suffer from anxiety and panic and the beta blocker kind of helped. Any feedback?


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HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2012-11-19 23:05:36 -0600 Report

cat,

Bystolic lowers pulse rate and force thereby lowering BP.

Your heart is a muscle. If yiou force it to work too hard (like when your BP is high) just like any muscle it will grow and thicken. There are healthy ways to grow heart nuscle (through aerobic exercise for example) and unhealthy ways to grow (to overcome high BP for example). The unhealthy growth creates a stiiff muscle that cannot efficiently pump blood.

HH

cateyes1213
cateyes1213 2012-11-20 13:51:52 -0600 Report

So either medicine should help me?

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2012-11-20 21:56:15 -0600 Report

cat,

Yes, in different ways but they are commonly used together to reduce blood pressure - plus the Bystolic can also help reduce anxiety.

HH

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2012-11-21 21:11:43 -0600 Report

cat,

That is a tough question. Left Ventricular Hypertrophy (LVH), a common form of heart muscle thickening, is thought by some to be reversible with aggressive blood pressure control (assuming this was the cause in the first place).

Either medmayl help reduce blood pressure but "aggressive" control would be below 120/80 and may require a multiple drug regimen. The first order of business, if this is the path you want to pursue, is to find a doc willing to treat you aggressively (asumming, of course, it is medically appropriate to do so at least in the opinion the doc willing to treat you).

HH

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2012-11-16 00:58:12 -0600 Report

cat.

Ask your doc for a referral to a psychologist and/or psychiatrist (only psychiatrist can prescibe but most won't see you until you have seen a psychologist or at least a therapist). If you can control the anxiety you will experience a far superior quality of life. I speak from experience. The brain is just another organ. Treat it like you would any other organ!

HH

cateyes1213
cateyes1213 2012-11-16 04:09:05 -0600 Report

I do see a psychiatrist and a therapist.

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2012-11-16 22:20:44 -0600 Report

cat:

Excellent! What are they doing to treat your anxiety?

HH

cateyes1213
cateyes1213 2012-11-17 03:46:19 -0600 Report

Gave me celexa 20mg, Xanax 0.25 twice a day which I don't take and I see a therapist.

What is the difference between bystolic and benicar?

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2012-11-17 20:48:39 -0600 Report

catL

They are two completely different drugs. Benicar is specifically designed to lower blood pressure (via blocking angiotensin receptors). Nebivolol is a beta-blocker (blocks beta-andrenergic receptors) which blocks the effects of adrenaline and had numerous uses beyond lowering blood pressure.

Beta blockers are higher "upstream" and affect numerous systems connected to the balance of the sympathetic "fight or flight" and para-sympathetic (calming) nervous systems. As you can imagine, the calmer you are the lower your blood pressure unless there is some overriding disease state. In these case you must attack the problem further downstream. Drugs like Benicar do this.

HH

cateyes1213
cateyes1213 2012-11-18 05:22:02 -0600 Report

I went to see my dr and he said to take bystoli. The heart dr said to take benicar because my heart is a little thick to my bp. I am confused which one do I take?

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2012-11-18 22:37:04 -0600 Report

cat:

The job of your GP doc is to provide "continuum of care" that is to look at what all your docs do and sort it out to give you the best care. I would ask you GP to call your cardiologist and discuss bioth your BP and anxiety needs. My guess is they will sugets you take both meds in some combination that may require you to adjust your dose of each.

HH

cateyes1213
cateyes1213 2012-11-15 04:37:42 -0600 Report

The dr took me off because he said my heart muscle was a little thick from my bp and said the benicar would help it and the bystolic won't. My anxiety is still high.

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2012-11-14 21:19:41 -0600 Report

cat,

Hmmm, Benicar(olmesartan) if a different class of drug (angiotensin II recptor blocker) than Bystolic (nebivolol - a beta blocker). Benicar is specifically designed to lower blood pressure as opposed to Bystolic which many other uses (including reducing anxiety).

Did your doc say why the switch was made? There are numerous classes of high BP drugs. Why was this one chosen and how is your anxiety beinb treated now that you are off the beta blocker? You know, it is not that unsual to take both!

HH

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