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Question:

Could Amiodarone cause my blood pressure to be high?

I have been taking Amiodarone and it seems to be controlling my arrhythmia, but I still have episodes of my heart starts to have a hard beat that will wake me up. My pulse is still 65, but my blood pressure is high. Should I be concerned? Before I got out of bed, I started to breathe very fast. My heart rate was low, but my blood pressure had gone up to 154/62. Normal for me is 119/63. I would like to know what causes this.  

submitted by Joyce from Salt Lake City, Utah on 1/3/2012

Answer:

by Texas Heart Institute cardiologist, Jorge F. Guttin, MD    

Jorge F. Guttin, MDAmiodarone is used for arrhythmia control and has no effect on the blood pressure. Therefore you should consult with your cardiologist for diagnosis and treatment of your high blood pressure.     

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