New onset low blood pressure and chest pain and the risk of heart disease

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Submitted by Dr T on June 24, 2011 – 8:50am

Hi Dr T,
A good friend recently lost a significant amount of weight and started a walking program over a 10 week period. He has been on medication for high blood pressure, however, now his blood pressure is in the range of 90/60 routinely.  He has had 3 episodes of chest pain, centered below the left clavical, not mid chest or anywhere else. Could his (new) low blood pressure cause the chest pain? The chest pain is not accampnied by any other symptoms such as nausea, sweating, shortness of breath, etc. Thank you!

It would be safest if he saw a doctor for evaluation. Blood pressure drops associated with chest pain are a warning sign for decreased heart function and disease. The best way to check this out is with an cardiac ECHO, EKG, as well as some blood tests:

Chest pains can come from many different sources:

Here you can test for chest pain and the risk of heart disease:

Hope this helps,
Dr T,


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