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Two weeks ago I strained the left side of my chest slightly (or so I thought) taking the weight of a boiler being lowered on a winch. It didn't bother me at the time but over the weekend the pain grew so I couldn't lie comfortably in bed so I went to the doctors. He said I had strained my ribs and it was typical that the pain got worse over a few days and it could take weeks to get fully better. However, he said I had high blood pressure and was concerned and sent me for an ECG, told me to cut salt out of my diet for 2 days and then go back for another blood pressure check. I did this - the blood pressure was still high and the nurse got me straight in to see a doctor who put me on 1.25mg of Rampril once a day and was told to go back in 2 weeks unless I experienced pains in my chest (which I pointed out may be difficult to spot with the current rib strain). I borrowed a blood pressure monitor and have been monitoring the blood pressure morning and night and it hasn't lowered. Two days ago my doctor rang and said that he had my blood sample results back and they were fine but he also had my ECG and though I shouldn't be concerned he wanted me to have an ultrasound on my heart which would take a few weeks. As my blood pressure was unchanged I should double the dose of Rampril. I have done this and so far nothing has changed though I have only been on double for 2 nights.
Now - all my life I have had no issue with blood pressure. I had a medical last September and 2 incidents in A&E this year for minor head injuries, the latest being 2 months ago all of which included a blood pressure test... so I know it was fine very recently. I am certainly not overweight, eat quite healthily, have never smoked, go off hiking most weekends and as mentioned my bloods are fine. Naturally I am a bit of a worrier but actually I am less stressed this last year than I have been in my life (in my view).
I am a bit concerned that given I know I was 'fine' 2 months ago I do wonder what other things it could be. The only external factor I can see is this rib strain I have which has improved a lot in the last week. The ECG seems to have shown something up though but I could be waiting weeks for this ultrasound. Can strains cause damage to the heart?
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