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Can an inner ear issue cause a sudden change in blood pressure?
One morning I got out of bed and was very dizzy. I laid back down and felt better. I tried to get up several more times and I would get dizzy again. My wife checked my blood pressure an hour later when I was sitting up and it was getting higher the longer I sat. It got to 210/120 sitting. Lying down it would drop and hover around 160/90. After an hour...I noticed I could tolerate standing better but my blood pressure was still increasing. My wife was thinking possible TIA, or heart as laying relieved it? Anyhow, she brought me to emergency and once I got into emergency...sat for 20 minutes, my BP was 224/130, higher than at home. They prescribed two high blood pressure pills for the blood pressure and told me it was an inner ear problem. Two doctors have told me this but my wife doesn't buy it. Can an inner ear issue cause such a change in blood pressure...between sitting and lying down?
submitted by Ron from Rainy River, Canada on 1/8/2013
by Texas Heart Institute cardiologist, Neil E. Strickman, MD
Very unlikely; however, any systemic illness can cause hyper (high) - or hypotension (low). I would recommend a more thorough consultation with your physician.
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Updated January 2013