I am a 63 year old male and consider myself in beter than average health. About six weeks ago I started having trouble breathing, my heart was beating fast and I felt faint. I ended up in the ER. They did cursory tests for a heart attack but found nothing. The symptoms go away after an hour or so.
Last week I had a severe attack and had to call an ambulance. My BP was around 195/95 with labored breathing. I ended up getting an angiogram. They found 20% blockage in one area and 50% in another.
The doctor gave me a prescription of Metoprolol 25mg twice a day. The next day I was back in the ER with the same problem. They just sent me home after a couple of hours with no new instructions. I am stil having spikes of 150/80, but am usually around 140/80. My breathing gets labored as my BP goes up.
I am worried that I am going to have a heart attack if the don't find what is wrong with me. Am I expecting the medication to work too fast? What should I do?
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