Guest cheri Posted March 31, 2004 Share Posted March 31, 2004 Hey! Has anyone experienced any blood pressure changes when taking chemo? Dad had to get a Medi-port inserted this morning b/c they are unable to draw his blood...tried 8 or 9 times yesterday. When they took his blood pressure the first time it didn't even register. They kept trying and it eventually read 74/50! This is the third time that this has happened and it always hits the week after chemo. Not the day after or the third day or fourth day...for some reason it's around the 6th day and will last about a week. This sound so strange to me and we can't figure out what's going on. He has been treated for high blood pressure for years...I mean years and has never had any problems. It started dropping after his first treatment, as I mentioned earlier, a week after his chemo. They fiddled with his bp medications and then about a week later he was OK. Exact same thing with the second treatment...78/54 reading about a week after the second treatment. They decided to completely take him off of the blood pressure med and within two weeks it slowly crept back up to exacerbated levels (179/130, etc.) so they put him on a low dosage med. Now it happened again after his third treatment (even after only taking lower dosages). If all goes like before, it will come back around next week to normal levels (he's not taking any bp meds right now after yesterdays incident). His oncologist said that he wants him off FOR GOOD; however, when we tried this last month it eventually climbed back up and we were fearful then of a stroke. Any ideas as to why this would happen a week after treatment? Mom and I are now keeping a calendar and are tracking dates/bp readings to pinpoint exactly when the drops occur. I am thinking about not taking the bp meds the week after chemo and then resume the week following when they begin to creep up. Any thoughts or experiences with this would be greatly appreciated. I do respect and appreciate you all so much. Oh...I know that he takes 50 mg Metropol and something else...will check with Mom and post later. Cheri Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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