What could be wrong if your 71-year-old dad's heart starts to beat 130 per minute and his blood pressure drops to 90-50 and this has happened twice in the last month?
Intermittent or recurrent sudden increases in heart rate, with a
drop in blood pressure, suggest possible supraventricular
tachycardia, atrial fibrillation, or some other cardiac
dysrhythmia. The sudden increase can be caused by
medications(stimulants), stress, or an underlying abnormality of
the heart. A elderly patient experiencing this with a drop in blood
pressure most likely has some type of underlying cardiac disease,
such as coronary artery disease (hardening of the arteries of the
heart)that has not been detected or diagnosed yet. The patient
should be seen by their physician or a cardiologist. The testing
that may be performed include an laboratory studies, EKG, holter
monitor, echocardiogram, stress testing, and possibly cardiac
catheterization. I have no doubt your father is being treated for
his heart problems. It is extremely important he works closely with
the family doctor and also the Cardiologist. If you have a good
Cardiologist then phone him/her and let them know what is going on.
71 isn't all that old.