• High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) Similar Conditions

Similar Conditions
  • Anxiety Disorders

    A patient with an Anxiety disorder may present with:

    • Palpitations, pounding heart, or accelerated heart rate
    • Sweating
    • Shortness of breath
    • Chest pain or discomfort
    • Feeling dizzy, unsteady, lightheaded or faint

    The presentation can very well mimic hypertension and a physical examination and basic laboratory tests must be done to rule out medical conditions.

  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM)

    It is a genetic disorder that has a variable presentation and carries a high incidence of sudden death.

    Symptoms include:

    • Dyspnea (the most common presenting symptom)
    • Palpitation
    • Dizziness

    A 2D- Echocardiogram is done to confirm the diagnosis.

  • Hyperthyroidism, and Graves Disease

    These are conditions in which there is circulation of thyroid hormones in excess. Symptoms include:

    • Palpitation
    • Chest pain, often occurs in the absence of cardiovascular disease
    • Menstrual irregularity
    • Nervousness, anxiety
    • Heat intolerance
    • Increased perspiration
    • Fatigue
    • Breathlessness
    • Frequent bowel movements

    To confirm the diagnosis, a doctor advises blood levels of thyroid hormones.