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[Symptoms] a rise in bloodpressure
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Hi just found site today and have learned MANY new things! this website should be included with all cpap machines. I have been using a cpap for 10 years with good results, until I got the ResMed auto S9. I had been using the nasel pillows for the last 3yrs at an 8 pressure. with the new machine I am at 11 and had to start using the full face, my mouth was opening and i was biting my tongue. Now after 3 months of use my bloodpressure has gone up to 134/100, with sever anxiety
and heart palpatations. My bloodpressure has always been 120/70. I will be seeing my DR tomorrow. I have narrowed it down to the cpap. Has anyone else had this problem? any input will be appreciated.
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Hi Brenda 66,
WELCOME to the forum.!
It's a good thing you are seeing your Dr. to rule out any problems.
Hang in there for more answers to your question.
Best of luck with your Dr. Apointment.
trish6hundred
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Generally. no, unless you are experiencing higher levels of oxygen deprivation, your bp shouldn't go up from using a CPAP. Of course, it is possible, anything is. I would keep it in your pocket, take a copy of your latest read out with you for your doc to see, and if you have oximetry as well, bring that along too. But there are many reasons for your bp to jump, anxiety being one of them. I would be sure to look at all possibilities, since if your CPAP is correctly adjusted and you are compliant, the likelihood of having that great a bp jump from CPAP usage is very small. On the other hand, if your CPAP is incorrectly adjusted for you, or the new therapeutic mask is leaking like a sieve, etc, and your AHI has crept up, it is possible. But it really would have be a documented failure of the CPAP to achieve the therapeutic goals in order for that to happen, or the mask not venting the CO2 properly. If that were the case, though, you probably would have pretty big headaches as well.

One thought, since you mention palpitations and anxiety now that you have a full face mask - is it possible that you are having a claustrophobic reaction to the mask? Or is the higher pressure causing an increase in Central Apnoea events (that should be visible in the print out of your data chip)?
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(04-07-2013, 12:15 PM)Brenda 66 Wrote: Hi just found site today and have learned MANY new things! this website should be included with all cpap machines. I have been using a cpap for 10 years with good results, until I got the ResMed auto S9. I had been using the nasel pillows for the last 3yrs at an 8 pressure. with the new machine I am at 11 and had to start using the full face, my mouth was opening and i was biting my tongue. Now after 3 months of use my bloodpressure has gone up to 134/100, with sever anxiety and heart palpatations. My bloodpressure has always been 120/70. I will be seeing my DR tomorrow. I have narrowed it down to the cpap. Has anyone else had this problem? any input will be appreciated.

When I first started CPAP a year ago my blood pressure and blood glucose went up, in spite of everyone telling me that those issues would get better. It took two months but eventually the blood pressure came down, and now it is somewhat lower than it was before. Blood sugars took longer and didn't react as much to the CPAP therapy, but eventually there was some benefit there as well.

Blood pressure is weird. My diastolic is easy to control but sometimes the systolic goes too high. My doc told me that systolic is influenced a lot by stress and anxiety. After he told me that I started taking note of my mental state every time my systolic was too high and, sure enough, I was under more stress than usual. I found that when the systolic is too high the best cure is to go for a hike for a couple of hours. Works better than a pill!

There are a lot of things that influence blood pressure and some of them are hard to become aware of.
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