Busting 5 Myths About Blood Pressure and Heart Rate

Do the two go hand in hand?

Blood pressure cuff

Blood pressure and heart rate go hand in hand (or arm in cuff) in most people’s minds. After all, these two “vital signs” are measured together at the doctor’s office.

But the two measure distinct factors related to your heart health. Blood pressure is the force of blood flowing against the walls of your arteries, while heart rate (or pulse) is the number of times your heart beats every minute. Below, Cleveland Clinic cardiologist Michael Faulx, MD, explains some key differences — and busts some common myths along the way.

1. Blood pressure and heart rate are always linked

False: It is true that blood pressure and heart rate often rise and fall together, Dr. Faulx says. When you face danger, for example, your blood pressure and pulse may both jump upward at the same time.

However, if your heart rate rises, that doesn’t automatically mean your blood pressure will rise — or vice versa. “When the two are disconnected, you may be looking at a specific problem,” Dr. Faulx says. “For example, if your blood pressure is consistently high but your heart rate stays in your typical range, we may need to look at treatment specifically for high blood pressure.”

2. There’s one “normal” for blood pressure and heart rate

False: There are guidelines, but what’s normal varies from person to person.

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Optimal blood pressure is typically defined as 120 mm Hg systolic (the top number, which is the pressure as your heart beats) over 80 mm Hg diastolic (the bottom number, which is the pressure as your heart relaxes). For your resting heart rate, the target is between 60 and 100 beats per minute. But keep in mind, “Both heart rate and blood pressure are a customized fit,” Dr. Faulx says. “You need to work with your doctor to establish a baseline that’s normal for you.”

“Are you dragging and feeling weak? The numbers on their own don’t tell the story; it’s the numbers paired with how you are feeling and what symptoms you may have.”

3. Going “low” always indicates a problem

False: What’s healthy for one person may indicate danger for another. For example, a young, fit person may have a resting heart rate in the 50s or, in some cases, even the 40s. “It can actually be a badge, a sign of being in really good shape,” Dr. Faulx notes.

Low blood pressure can be a bit trickier, especially in older patients and those with heart disease. If you’re in danger from low blood pressure, your body will tell you. “It’s really about how you feel,” Dr. Faulx says. “Are you dragging and feeling weak? The numbers on their own don’t tell the story; it’s the numbers paired with how you are feeling and what symptoms you may have.”

4. High blood pressure or heart rate is more likely to be dangerous

True: Again, “normal” varies. But Dr. Faulx says there is enough clinical evidence to suggest that when blood pressure is even a little over your typical average over time, the risk for heart disease and stroke go up. The physical effects of high blood pressure take their toll on your blood vessels.

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Elevated heart rate can be a sign of danger, too, but the cause-effect relationship is not so clear. “Studies show that people who run a faster heart rate are more likely to have cardiac problems and premature cardiac death,” Dr. Faulx says. “But we’re not sure whether that is the cause of the problem or just a sign of what’s going on.”

5. When you measure matters

True: To measure your resting heart rate and blood pressure, pick a time when you’re feeling relaxed, Dr. Faulx advises. Randomly sampling both measures throughout the day can also help you reach an average. Don’t take your readings right after exercising — unless you’re trying to establish a baseline for “active” blood pressure and heart rate.

Which measure is more important depends on your health, too. For patients with atrial fibrillation, heart rate might be more important to watch, but many other heart diseases depend more on blood pressure. To be safe, measure both.

“Almost all automated kits you buy at a drugstore are going to give you blood pressure and pulse on one readout,” Dr. Faulx says. “It’s convenient — and there’s really no reason not to stay on top of both.”

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  • charm

    I had high blood pressure for years and then it was normal but my heart beats have always been high a restng rate around 95. I had an emergency appendectomy and it bottomed out.I am a little concerned. If I wake up to early it will race.

    • The_Beating_Edge_Team

      There are many reasons for high resting heart rate and you should talk to your primary care doctor. He should evaluate you for some of the causes and see if you need a cardiology evaluation. betsyRN

      • Concerned wife

        Help my husband has a high resting HR. Like 125 crawling out of bed. The dr isn’t listening and I don’t know what to do. He has anxiety but his heart shouldn’t be skipping along so high all the time….

        • The_Beating_Edge_Team

          Concerned wife – please contact our nurses at http://www.clevelandclinic.org/heartnurse. You can reach them by chat online with a nurse, webmail (secure email) or phone. betsyRN

          • Desiree Marie Kane

            Hi. My bp was 96/67 and then about 10 mins later it was 88/63. But, i took it at the pharmacy in that machine they have. My heart rate generally stays between 55-67. Today at the dentist tho my BP was 111/67 n my heart rate was 68. Is this good or bad??

          • Gabriel Franco

            Sometimes the public blood pressure machines aren’t accurate. The result you got from your dentist is a healthy one

          • pat

            111/67 is every good the others are low eat a pickle it will come up

        • Sahand Medive

          So many things may have caused that. high heart rate is not a disease its a symptom. so your path is clear. finding the disease. start with checking out the heart itself. a cardiologist can guide you to the right way. obviously your current doctor isn’t a good one. contact me if you had more question.

    • Sasha Thomas

      Did you take or were you taking HB Meds to “normalize” your Bp?

  • Dave

    Every time someone takes my blood pressure they always say it is low. Usually around 106/60’s My bpm is around 75-80. I have Crohn’s Disease and my cholesterol is always almost too low if that is possible. I guess I have things to check into.

    • Rom

      I have Crohns disease and my results are about the same as yours, my heart rate is higher sometimes though.

    • Sasha Thomas

      Blood pressure 100/60 is considered on low end of the “normal guideline.” You should be happy, as this means you are cause aka getting less harm to your blood vessels which means less inflammation and less internal inflammation means less chance of having a stroke or heart attacks caused by plaque build up from released artery plaque.

    • pat

      That’s every low

  • Sarah

    I was diagnosed with hypertension at the age of 16. At that time my fast heartbeat was also an issue. Starting then, I was put on hypertensive medication and a medication to lower my pulse. I was told my “extra” heartbeat is caused from my heart working harder and high blood pressure.
    I am 40 years old now. Still on medication to lower my blood pressure and heartbeats.
    It’s scary!!

    • The_Beating_Edge_Team

      Sarah – it is important to make sure you are having regular follow up visits with a cardiologist. It is true hypertension can cause irregular heartbeats. Let us know if we can help. betsyRN http://www.clevelandclinic.org/heartnurse

    • Jose Ortiz

      Well Sarah consider yourself lucky that you found out early because I didn’t and lost both my kidneys . I am 40 too but I have heart problems now and stage 4 kidney failure. I’m doing my best now
      But things feel like they are getting worse. Trying hard to be positive . God bless you

  • D.E.Wolfe

    My blood pressure and pulse rate seem to be inversely correlated. Tonight I observed 82/62 with a pulse rate of 111. A couple nights ago it was 143/100 with a pulse rate of 74. These are extremes, but nevertheless typical. Are such observations unusual, problematical, or just unimportant data points?

    • The_Beating_Edge_Team

      If your blood pressure is fluctuating from low (82 systolic) and high (143/100) – you should let your doctor know. Low blood pressure does not necessarily mean low heart rate and high blood pressure does not necessarily mean high heart rate. Sometimes when the blood vessels dilate and pressure goes down, heart rate will increase to compensate. It is difficult to know what is going on with you without knowing your medical history, what you were doing before you took your BP and other factors. These would be good points to discuss with your doctor, especially if you are having any symptoms (fatigue, dizziness, chest pain, shortness of breath). As Dr Faulx mentions, take your blood pressure after resting for 5 minutes a couple times a day. Keep a record and share it with your doctor. Hope this helps. betsyRN

  • Pamela Owens Morrison

    My resting blood pressure is 171/112. Heart rate at between 141 and 131.. Consistent measures throughout day. Should I be worried?

    • The_Beating_Edge_Team

      Your heart rate and blood pressure are both high. You should contact your doctor. betsyRN

    • Sasha Thomas

      If I were you I’d go to the ER ASAP! Anything 160/100 can cause you to have a stroke and heart attack. Your resting (laying down) heart rate should not be over 100-bpm, if it is then your heart is working overtime and this means there is possible problems with your heart or your circulatory system aka blood vessels. Seek medical treatment ASAP, please!

    • Pam Ruigh

      You must be joking!!!

    • KyHa66-67

      You should call the Neptune Society while you can.

    • Carmen Estrada

      What happenes if ur bp is high n ur ht rate is low lime 54

  • Jeanie Halsted

    Article not at all true in my case. If I take Losartin to lower BP, pulse consistently jumps from 60 to 100. If off the meds, BP goes from 120/80 to 140/98 and pulse drops from 100 back to 60. Very linear relationship! Article misses fact that heart will get flow to extremities “one way or another” and the relationship can easily be inverse.

    • http://www.scifighting.com/ Luca Rajabi

      Exactly correct! The heart will compensate to ensure enough nutrients are flowing to vital organs. The bloodstream is the only transport mechanism for both fuel and waste and as such if there are any inconsistencies in the efficiency of waste processing or energy consumption (such as insulin resistance, diabetes, liver disease or kidney damage) then the heart will be signaled to work harder to ensure more blood flow when blood vessels are dilated. Unfortunately, for those individuals (such as yourself) who require treatment with Ace Inhibitors or Angiotensin Receptor Blockers, the benefit you gain by reducing blood pressure and thus preserving kidney function, does negatively impact you in ways such as over exhaustion of the heart and in more extreme cases light headedness or fainting spells. If you are on such medications and are experiencing significant (inverse) relationships with your heart rate and BP (AND) you have any symptoms such as fainting, significant energy loss or confusion, you should consult your physician to ensure the dosing is optimal. These matters can be remedies with minor adjustments in medication or alternative approaches to treatment.

  • M Losoya

    I am a 24 year old male. My blood pressure is usually from 130-145 systolic and 75-85 diastolic (but not usually above 80.) My bpm ranges from 45-60. I exercise frequently (weightlifting and running 8-10 miles per week) but I drink often and I have terrible eating habits.

    Could I have a heart condition of some kind that always causes my blood pressure values to have such an extreme contrast? I have been to the doctor many times over the years for various things but no one has ever mentioned that my blood pressure might be a problem, but they consistently note that it is high.

    • Holy grail

      I’m not a doctor but i have exactly the same thing :) Get checked out by a cardiologist mine said your heart is in ultra good condition.

    • The_Beating_Edge_Team

      It sounds like you are doing great with exercise but not as good with eating and drinking. A consistent blood pressure of 140 or greater can be a problem later in life – try to eat better and drink less! Also – it may be that your blood pressure is higher when you go to the doctor’s office. So – try to check your blood pressure now and then at home if you or a friend/relative has a blood pressure monitor. See http://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases_conditions/hic_Hypertension_High_Blood_Pressure/hic_Your_Blood_Pressure It will give you information on what causes blood pressure to rise and what you should do before you get your blood pressure checked. betsyRN

  • Autumn

    I was diagnosied with CHF a year and a half ago…I saw my hospital appointed cardiologist three times after the hospital…the three months that followed my stay…I have not seen him since…I take a gazillion pills throughout the day…BP meds were all prescribed by this doctor…so now all of a sudden my BP went back up…has been in the 200s for about 2 weeks now…tried to get him for the past week…today he calls and says he does not handle BP and that I should see a kidney specialist…What???
    Does a cardiologist not treat BP????

    • The_Beating_Edge_Team

      Autumn – it is true that sometimes blood pressure that is uncontrolled may need to be treated by a hypertension specialist (nephrologist or kidney specialist), however your cardiologist or primary care internist can begin your evaluation. We are happy to see you here if you would like to be evaluated – please contact our nurses – see http://www.clevelandclinic.org/heartnurse .

  • Robin and Ernie King

    My BP runs 120/60 with a pulse of 50 in the evening but during the day it runs 190/90 with a pulse of 90. I’m in fair shape but don’t do cardio work out. What could cause such drastic changes like that

    • Holy grail

      I have exactly the same thing well not that high blood pressure but with the heart rate in the evening it completely gets down in the night.

  • Duh

    My bp is regulated by medicine but lately its been 100/70 and my pulse has been running around 90-100 at night which is bugging me, i get pains in the bottoms of my feet dizzy , dizzy spells and sometimes its hard to breath. unregulated i have seen it up to 175/99 with regular pulse, so i dunno if i need a different medicine or not, taking altenolol for bp.

    • The_Beating_Edge_Team

      It sounds as though you should make an appointment with the doctor who is managing your medications – you may need a medication “tune-up” Let us know if we can help you more. betsyRN http://www.clevelandclinic.org/heartnurse

  • Dan W

    Blood pressure while resting this evening, 157/107. Pulse rate however dropped to 39. Comments and suggestions appreciated. I am a 61 year old male with a history of bradycardia

    • Mary

      You need to see about getting a pacemaker as your heart isn’t beating enough to get blood into all your vital organs. Pulse rate under 50 isn’t healthy. Your BF is also too high. Hoping you are under a doctors care, if not, make an appointment soon….

      • Robert Annan

        I done a stress test and it come back abnormal then I done a holter monitor and that come back fine my doctor said i need a pacemaker i have got anxiety as well and my bp is normal

  • alvin

    I had insomia for almost 3 months,during my checkup the doktor told that i have highblood pressure,and i also observe that i have irregular heart beat ranging 85-115 at rest.did lack of sleep may be the reason of fast HR?

  • Henata Grammes Caldas

    My bp was 86/62 and my heart rate was 170. What does this means?

    • Holy grail

      that you have to seek Medical help asap!

  • johnean lilly

    I ve been checking mean lately as a nurse I work with said my pulse rate was high I had last time 127/94 with 98 pulse im 27 female I do get chest pains but always put this down to acid. I get alot of headaches cramping in my carf. When sleeping. I sometimes get.a feeling like a flutter in my heart I tend to get hot and sweat often. my grandad died of heart attack and my dad has angina

    • The_Beating_Edge_Team

      Even though you are young, with your family history and symptoms, you should be evaluated by a doctor. They can listen to your heart, perform a physical exam and obtain a risk profile. betsyRN

  • Dee

    Blood pressure is anywhere from 105/75 to 120/80, yet heart rate was up in the 120-140 range. I had just walked briskly for 30 minutes, but even after trying to relax for 5-10 mins, it was still high. I should also mention, I suffer from anxiety. Should I be concerned?

    • The_Beating_Edge_Team

      Your blood pressure is good. The answer to your heart rate is not a simple yes or no. What is your heart rate at rest when you wake in the morning? How long does it take to come back to normal after exercise? Are you having symptoms with your heart rate – shortness of breath, chest pressure? Are you fit? It may not be an issue or it may be. You should talk to your doctor if you are concerned who knows you best – your primary care or family doctor. Feel free to contact our nurses at http://www.clevelandclinic.org/heartnurse if you want to discuss this further.

    • Nan

      Have you considered having your thyroid checked? Those were the symptoms I had before the doc found I had hyperthyroidism. Be aware that if you have thyroid nodules your TSH numbers can come back normal at the time of the blood test. My problem was found with a thyroid scan. I had felt a lump in my neck also, but sometimes those can’t be felt. If you feel you aren’t getting the right answers from your doc get other opinions. I went to 3 docs before I found the answer.

  • bobalouski

    I freak out when the doc puts the cuff on my arm. When I take it myself it’s normal!

    • bobalouski

      *or the nurse

  • dee

    Please make sure that whenever you take your blood pressure you have the correct cuff size. It can make a huge difference!!

  • Elias

    I’ve got high BP 170/110, then doctor started lowering BP drugs twice a day which causes my BP low up to 100/65 consistently. Is it ok? I am 35 years, no cholesterol, no sugar everything is alright with my health.

    My parents too not having BP & sugar disease, shall i continue take BP drugs for lowering BP. Also my ECG is normal. Plz help !!

  • Healingcomes

    I am 53 yr old female. I had my thyroid removed and being treated for that plus hypo pit. All my blood test results were good except a low t3 last month. I have been gradually increasing t3 with supplemental armour( I also take synthroid).
    I take blood pressure and heart rate regularly. Both are normal for me at about 110 /70 and 80 for heart rate. But I’ve been experiencing weakness in arms with pain plus feeling faint and dizzy while standing. I also had an MRI showing mild stenosis in cervical area. My endo wondered if this is enough to cause some compression of the carotid artery? Thus being the possible cause of symptoms.
    My primary physician wants to check my heart( which had already been worked up three times at three different very good hospitals.( mayo included).
    Any suggestions?

  • Esmeralda Ramirez

    I have my blood pressure at 110 over 74 but my pulse is at 94 what should I do

  • Helen

    I’m hoping you can point me in the right direction. My blood pressure ranges between 85/55 to 95/65 with resting heart rate typically around 52. Lately I can feel every heartbeat pounding through my body – last night I couldn’t get back to sleep as I felt it throbbing in my skull to distraction. Now my head feels tight and I can feel the pulse at the base of my head. I had been having atrial fibrillation and racing heart a week or so ago before I found out my ferritin was low. I am taking oral iron supplements and the AF and racing heartbeat seem to have subsided. My eyes are bloodshot and sore – the doc told me to get reading glasses. I actually feel dizzy today. My ECG came back normal. He’s not one for ordering tests. I feel horrible and don’t know what to do. Could this all be related to ferritin? Perhaps my adrenals are stressed? Any suggestions are appreciated.

    • The_Beating_Edge_Team

      Helen – I wish I could give you a direct answer – but it does sound like you need a second opinion. I wonder if your primary care is caring for you – or if you are seeing a cardiologist as well. Given your symptoms, you need a doctor to examine you and re-look at your treatment plan. We are happy to help – call or chat if you need additional information or you would like a second opinion – http://www.clevelandclinic.org/heartnurse betsyRN

  • Marieguy Manning

    I’m 42 years of age and recently diagnosed with hypertension.. The ER doctor prescribed Virapamel @ 200 milligrams. I was really dizzy, nauseated and I throw up. when I went to my family doctor she said the dosage was to high. She changed my prescription to Lysenopril @ 20 milligrams.. I’m still slightly dizzy and my heart beats fast from time to time..I was sent to do echo cardiography and holder monitor and the radiologist said that if I don’t hear from them that that no news is good news…However I know my body and I don’t feel my old self and every time my heart races I panic because I’m scared to have a heart attack or stroke, yet the Nurse Practitioner isn’t really seeing anything.. My mom had a VTach when she was 47 years of age!! Please advise any info is truly appreciated.

  • will

    Im a 62 heart rate with a blood pressure of 169 over 116 jusy started on meds a minth ago still was high so hot something stronger still is high

  • Laith

    I have a regular blood pressure of 120+-5/80+-5 and quite a fast rest pulse rate between 85-100. What would should I do? Is there any advice or recommendation someone can give me?

  • Cathy

    I have been having Vertigo over a few days and my heart rate tonight is 105. Is there any reason for concern

    • The_Beating_Edge_Team

      Cathy – changes in symptoms such as dizziness, fainting and increased heart rate should be evaluated by your doctor. betsyRN

  • Asma’

    i’m a 3 months pregnant, my blood pressure is always under 100/70 and heart rate at 100 or more. what does that mean?

  • Asma’

    i am a 3 months pregnant, my blood pressure is always under 100/70. heart rate always at 100 or above, what does this means?

  • Laura Horton

    My bp is always around 85/50 and heart rate of 90. When I work out hard both drop, often as low as 60/50 with hr of 60. I see stars, room spins, feel nauseous. Doc doesn’t know why. I’m certainly not young or fit. My cardiologist suggested getting more salt in my diet. Hard in a ‘low sodium’ world.
    I suppose too low is better than high but I get the silver stars before my eyes sometimes just sitting a work and they’re so bright they block the computer screen.

    I wonder if ‘normal’ blood pressure feels different. Overwhelmingly perky and energetic maybe?

  • Melissa Marie Fisher Torres

    Iam 37 weigh 553 lbs my pulse at rest bounces from 112-116 and my pressure jumps up and down no matter what one min it’s 123/56 and then 30 mins later it will just jump to 163/78 it has drop as low as 72/63 i stay dizzy

  • Robin

    My resting hart rate 45 today blood pressure 148 over 76
    Funny thing I can rise my hart rate my blood pressure goes down
    I’m very active gym heavy weight training tree mill fast paced walking shin splints keep running down 57 years old 220 pounds 22 to 23 percent body fat.
    My work is sheet metal and it could get heavy to
    Summer time biking 10 + miles from work when my girl friend can take me at 4am
    Blood pressure is bugging me most.

    • The_Beating_Edge_Team

      Robin, while someone who is very fit can have a low heart rate, a heart rate of 45 is very low. In addition, it is true that the systolic (upper number) of your blood pressure is running high. I would suggest you be evaluated by a cardiologist – if possible a sports cardiologist due to your high level of exercise – http://my.clevelandclinic.org/services/heart/departments-centers/sports-cardiology-center . Let us know if we can help. betsyRN

  • bill

    Dialysis patient heart rate was going high put in medicine heart rate now flucates fron 75 to 110

  • doris fontenot

    help trying to find some answers.. BP is 120/66 heart rate is 120 or a bit higher. i am on BP meds and water pills since ackles are swollen at times or just the left one at times.

  • M J

    My heart rate is high and b/p too low. I am under lot of stress taking care of Alzheimer husband. Don’t see anyway out situation.

  • robert75

    OK I was falling out losing balance feeling weak. Went to doc and she said I had 184/98. She put me on blood pressure meds and it went down to 142/89. I’m only 39. Now I have been taking the meds for 3 months I’m starting to feel tired wore out no motivation. What could cause that?

  • Ashley

    I’m 13 and my resting blood pressure was 138 and pounding in my head. Two hours later it was about 38 and my chest aches. Should I worry?

  • Abby

    I’m only 13 years old and my heart rate is everywhere. Two hours ago it was 138 and now it’s 39. My chest is aching and I feel weird. What should I do? Should I be worried?

    • The_Beating_Edge_Team

      Abby – I understand how hard it is – but if your heart rate is everywhere – then you do need to tell your parents. The doctor does need to check you to see what is happening. And – it is important. Especially if your chest hurts and you feel funny. If you were my daughter – I would want to know. So – please tell your mom and dad. Have your doctor check you out. Sometimes these things come and go – so they may want you to wear a monitor that you wear for a time period to see if it shows what your heart is doing when you have that feeling. Hope this helps – good luck. betsyRN

  • Abby

    Hey it’s me again. I also wanted to let you know I’m about 109 pounds and sort of active. I’m afraid to tell my parents because I’m afraid they won’t believe me. Also I just went to the hospital for other problems (physical. Nothing to do with heart) and it cost a LOT. I don’t want to make my parents pay a lot of money again. Would it be worth it?

  • Abby

    I’m 13 years old and sort of active. I’m 109 pounds. Two hours ago my heart rate was 138 and now it’s about 36. My chest hurts and I feel a little funny. I don’t want to tell my parents because either they won’t believe me or they will spend a lot of money which we don’t have. What do I do?

    • Mjv

      Your teacher could help

  • Abby

    Sorry about all of those I didn’t see them as posted. I’m new at this. Sorry again. But I’m worried. I don’t know what to do. And yes I am Ashley too. I didn’t want to use my name at first

  • Leslie Mike Miller

    I have been diagnosed with POTS. Low blood pressure, orthostatic when I stand and a high resting HR. The meds have helped bring my HR down but my BP is still relatively low. Started PT to strengthen lower legs. Anyone know how long it might be before I feel better?

  • Linda Knisley

    Mine has been 218 over 110 for years
    Sometimes it’s higher i

    • The_Beating_Edge_Team

      Linda – that blood pressure reading is too high. You need to talk to your doctor. betsyRN

  • ShinyFeline

    I’ve checked my BP and heart rate 3x in two weeks. As of today, my Pulse/heart is 135. NO is 91/60. In very tired abd breathless, sweating a bit iccasionally. I’m also menopausal, age 51. So is this a big deal? Do I need to let my doctor know? They seem unconcerned, but a nurse told me I should. In wondering if the BP machine was properly calibrated.

    Also, I’ve had done other odd symptoms:
    Kidney aches
    Thirsty for cold beverage, preferably water
    Frequent urination

    • ShinyFeline

      Sorry, need to correct: BloodPressure is 91/60. Auto correct posts as NO.

  • ShinyFeline

    I’ve checked my BP and heart rate 3x in two weeks. As of today, my Pulse/heart is 135. NO is 91/60. In very tired abd breathless, sweating a bit occasionally. I’m also menopausal, age 51. So is this a big deal? Do I need to let my doctor know? They seem unconcerned, but a nurse told me I should be. In wondering if the BP machine was properly calibrated.

    Also, I’ve had done other odd symptoms:
    Kidney aches
    Thirsty for cold beverage, preferably water
    Frequent urination
    Cannot concentrate

    • The_Beating_Edge_Team

      Yes – you should talk to your doctor. Call your doctor to let him/her know about your low blood pressure and other symptoms you are having. betsyRN

  • renee

    I’m 20 years old and am around a hundred pounds… my resting bp is 85/55 with a heart rate of 90 is this good or bad?

  • Erika

    Blood pressure 75/46 and heart rate 130 resting.. 19 years old, anyone got any ideas. My heart jumps around from 130 to 110 to 80 to 120 to 180 all over the place and never consistent same with blood pressure 90 percent of the time it’s very low but sometimes it’ll go to 122/90 ..very irregular

    • The_Beating_Edge_Team

      Your blood pressure is low and your heart rate is high. There are different reasons that can be causing this. You should discuss this with your doctor.

  • dan w w

    Dizzy a few times this morning BP is 132/73 and hart rate is 94

  • craig

    my wife’s blood pressure is 143 over at 84 with a heartbeat of a hundred and three is that dangerous

  • Rather be Hikin’

    More of a general question to see if you’d recommend a second opinion or if all sounds good.

    6 months ago I was sent for Stress test due to chest pain (high stress job, 4 grandparents died of heart attacks between 39 and 65, Dad had heart attacks at 39 and 44, triple bypass at 50. Dad and brother have high blood pressure, Dad has Type II). I arrived for stress test and was having chest pain. Hooked me up to EKG and had me sit and talk with them through the pain for about 45 minutes (no stress test). After 45 minutes of walking my EKG results back and forth to the cardiologist the technician came back in the room and said they could not do stress test due to whatever they saw on my EKG and my responses to pain questions. Instead the Cardiologist had me do a Cardiac Cath next morning. Cardiac Cath came back beautiful – no signs of anything, “look as good as the day you were born!”. Went home with the “heart is good, no worries for you”. Excellent. My BP is typically 115/62 and my pulse averages 54 during the day.

    I am 45, female, don’t smoke, don’t drink, have asthma, don’t take any meds, eat relatively well, non-fasting numbers were great on blood test, Cholesterol numbers were great except the one that should be high was a bit low and I am an avid hiker (15 miles+ every weekend, high terrain, live in NE US, so frigid conditions – daily dog walk 3 miles/day). Since January 2015 I have noticed my fatigue level increasing earlier in hikes, dense feeling chest pain but not on left side, kind of here and there in center and on left, more often than not it feels like a bar is across my chest. Some right shoulder pain and arm – only SOMETIMES and it is not left side – but I assume that is my winter pack weight bugging me. Last two hikes I also
    noticed dizziness when this occurs, this time I held onto a tree for a minute
    while it passed. I also have difficulty taking a full breath during this, but I am hiking up steep terrain so I assume it stems from that. Only lasts for a 5 –
    10 minutes, I slow my pace and it subsides a little but tends to come back when I push hard on terrain again. Rest on summits, don’t get this on the way
    down very often.

    Side note – I have intestinal malrotation which was corrected to the extent possible by Ladds procedure May 2013. I suffered with this
    for years before they figured it out so I am very familiar with intestinal pain
    and what it feels like, this is not that.

    My Question – I was told not to worry about any chest pain, so I push
    through this pain each time and call it a day. I would like to put this on the shelf, agree that it is just how my system functions and not worry but something is bugging me as if I should have another look – can you have a clean Cardiac Cath and still have issues or does this sound reasonable for a fit person?

    • The_Beating_Edge_Team

      Rather be Hikin – I wish I could say do not worry – but – I wouldn’t let it go. It sounds like you know your body and something is going on that is causing you to have decreased exercise tolerance. If you were coming to Cleveland – I would suggest the Women’s Cardiovascular Center which has experts in women, preventive cardiology, exercise, diet and heart disease to evaluate your symptoms and test results. If you do not want to come to Cleveland, try to find a similar Center or physician and get a second opinion – increased exercise intolerance can be a sign that something just isnt right. betsyRN

  • Jo Ann Ross Daggett

    I have high blood pressure, was on a very low dose 12 1/2 mg of Atenolol( started at 50 but it lowered my heart rate so went to 25 mg then 12 1/2) up until about 2 months ago . In December I went to the Dr . with a bad cold . ( not my regular NP ] He gave me a mixture of meds that put me into Afib three days later. Had an echocardiogram which showed no heart damage. But sure made me untrusting of Drs . I went off the Atenolol so I could get away from the side effects. Ever since I went into afib my BP has been between 130/84 and 149/95 with HRs 90.1 average over a 10 day period.Before the Afib my PB was 120-130 /90 HR 80. I am 66 yrs. old.I am taking Vit. B com. and CoQ10. I quit smoking . After all the negative response and refusal to he[p me find a better way to handle my BP and what I was told was a mild case of COPD (this came at same time as Afib ) I have stopped seeing the Dr.s What does one do when they no longer trust their health care providers?

    • The_Beating_Edge_Team

      Jo Ann – I am sorry for your experience – but you do need to fidn a doctor that you trust to work with. If you are having atrial fibrillation, that puts you at risk for blood clots and stroke – so you do need to see a doctor. It is good that you are taking good care of your health – depending on your blood pressure – you may be able to lower it by lifestyle changes such as diet (DASH), exercise, acheiving an optimal weight and not smoking. But – this does not mean that you will not need a doctor to care for you, monitor your results and see if you require additional treatments for your afib. Please do not lose faith – there are good doctors – you need to find one to care for you. Let us know if we can help. betsyRN

  • Ann

    My blood pressure is 87 / 48 with heart beat 41 how do I get these up tonight before bedtime?

    • The_Beating_Edge_Team

      Ann – you need to see a doctor to see why your heart rate and blood pressure are so low. Let us know if we can help. betsyRN

  • Msdrs White

    I have a 68 year old mother, who’s a diabetic and suffers hypertension. Her resting b.p. is 140/80 (average) and h.r is between 65 and 80. When her h.r gets to 90 and higher, her muscles tighten and she breaths heavily and constantly whines out loud. In my mothers case, when her rate is high, it means she’s dehydrated. Her body constantly needs “cold” water throughout the day. It’s hard sometimes, because she has difficulty swallowing and she just holds in her mouth. So, I try and get her to drink 6:8 oz of water every 4 hrs. during the day up to 10pm at night. It helps.

  • Lisa Torres

    My dad is 82 years old, he is retired from Air Force. He has been in the ER, for low heart rate and low blood pressure. Each time, he has been there…he was told nothing was wrong. He says, he doesn’t feel good…I need your help.

    • The_Beating_Edge_Team

      Since the symptoms he is feeling comes and goes, and maybe is not occuring exactly when he is in the ER, perhaps you want to start monitoring his blood pressure at home – and – talking to his doctor about maybe an ambulatory monitor to monitor him and he can write down when he is feeling “low heart rate.” In any case he should follow up with a cardiologist after his ER visit to evaluate him. betsyRN

  • Charles White

    One of the problems with doctors today is that they always seem to follow the same path. Assume it’s primary hypertension and load up the med’s. If they don’t work , then look for secondary. Why not test for secondary causes first and then add the med’s. I can’t seem to get my primary care guy to look at secondary causes even though I really believe that they are present. I’m about ready to order my own tests.

  • Clem_the_Great

    I’m 58, male, not overweight, but athletic build from year round running/biking for decades. I also was found to have an LBBB 4 months ago after going to cardiologist after not seeing any doctor for nearly 30 years. I was symptomless, just went because I was getting a little nutty about my bp, which was spiking from anxiety attacks. Anyway, my question is about exercise recovery. Typical example: I will do a 45 minute workout on my stationary bike (knee injury, can’t run), and average probably 85% of my max hr throughout, with the rate slowly rising till the end, which will usually be a well over 90% of max after kicking for the last minute or so. I wear a hr monitor which seems to work perfectly even with the lbbb. Anyway, I might hit a hr of 160 at the end, I will immediately sit down in a chair and it will drop nicely to maybe 108 after two minutes sitting. But then it will jump around a bit. It might drop to 93, then backup to 100-105, back down etc. If I get up and walk around it might go back up to 120 or very briefly even 130 (once) while I was reaching for something. Then it drops immediately back down to below 100, etc. Sometimes there may be a PVC or two also. I’ve read that hr variability after exercise might not be good–neither are PVCs. Then again I do have a lifelong anxiety problem and I know what it can do to me physically. I never have pain or dizziness, etc. What do you think? My doc did a resting echo and say normal heart function with 60% e.f. and says I can workout however I please. Any ideas on this? Thanks.

  • Program Elite

    I am taking meds for hypertension, i will have my follow up check up in few days.
    My BP is around 100-110 / 60-70. Pulse rate 70-100…
    Seems normal, but i am feeling my heart is pounding, or i am a bit worried or something?

  • angela

    My blood pressure was high so was my heart rate and they gave me a beta blocker and its working but I also have diabetes and they cannot figure out what caused a sudden increase in both. My a1c is a 10. I was having pains in my chest and nausea and blurred vision. My pains in chest have subsided but I feel weak now. Any suggestions?

    • The_Beating_Edge_Team

      hoping you are seeing a specialist – a blood pressure specialist and an endocrinologist – sometimes they need to work together to find the best treatment for you – there are other medications rather than beta blockers for high blood pressure – that you may tolerate better.

  • Jenn

    Hmmm. 37 year old overweight female with sarcoidosis (not in heart or lungs). Resting BP is usually 110/70 and resting heart rate of 54-70.

    Who knows what’s normal???

  • jsmith82

    So I am concerned I recently started having anxiety attacks I. So scared of a heart attack bp is 125/83 BPM resting is between 60 and 70 is this good and should I be concerned my dad died at 44 of a massive heart attack

    • The_Beating_Edge_Team

      The blood pressure and heart rate you reported is within normal range. If your dad died at an early age of a heart attack, it may help relieve your anxiety to know you are doing everything you can to stay healthy and decrease your risk for heart disease. I would suggest a visit with a preventive cardiology program who can evaluate your risk factors and help you maintain your heart health. betsyRN

  • https://www.youtube.com/user/avikbellic911 avikbellic911

    i got low blood pressure for being vegan for 7years and still going but now drinking beer to make it rise a bit my current age is 20 now.

  • The Master

    Hmmm, 191 over 124… Heart rate 111. Am I going to die?

    • The_Beating_Edge_Team

      If your blood pressure and your heart rate that high – you need to see your doctor to find out why.

  • Christopher Schroeder

    Can athletes with low resting heart rate have higher blood pressure as a result?

    My health history is too long to get detailed, but am 50+ of age, extremely active physically, have a low resting heart rate (less than 50 at times) and higher blood pressure.

  • Jenny Mathew

    I am 22 years nowadays my resting heart rate in 107 and my heart rate after exercising is 177. Should i be worried? help

    • The_Beating_Edge_Team

      Your resting heart rate is high and there are several reasons why it could be high – make sure you take it when you are truly resting and taking it correctly – http://my.clevelandclinic.org/services/heart/prevention/exercise/pulse-target-heart-rate. Factors such as stress, emotions, activity, caffeine, illness, some medications, dehydration, some medical conditions can all increase your heart rate. Find out why your resting heart rate is high. betsyRN

  • Rachael Elizabeth Grondin

    My blood pressure is consistently around 105 over 65. But my resting heart rate is usually close to 100.
    I am a fit and active 22 year old female. I get dizzy and light headed often. Should I be concerned that my BP is always so low abs my heart rate always so high?

  • Jackie Smith

    My sisters blood pressure is always high and heart rate. She has Mitral Prolapse,it doesn’t really close. Well she took her blood pressure, it is low. 92/54 heart 115. Which her heart is always high. Is this dangerous

  • worried mama

    I am 36 years old. I have a history of low bp. If usually 100/60 round about and testing hr of 100-115.. A month ago it was on the elevated side 180/95 hr 112. My dr wanted me to start taking bp meds. A couple weeks ago I had a migraine and now my bp is back around 100/60 hr still 80-100. I’m a little worried. Never started the bp meds. Don’t think I should. Help!

    • The_Beating_Edge_Team

      It is difficult to say without knowing you – if your blood pressure is 100/60 – that is good blood pressure. If it is 180/95 then that is not good. If you have a blood pressure machine you can keep a record of your blood pressure a couple times during the day – after resting for about 15 minutes to see what you are running. Talk to your doctor about your concerns. betsyRN

  • Jehanzeb

    My blood pressure is between 118/75 heart rate 70. High is 130/85 heart rate 80. But my rate goes down to 49 – 50. Am 31 and smoke.

  • http://www.superdaves.us SuperDave McDaniel

    I’m on BP meds and my BP was 184/95 at 45 bpm. Should I be concerned, especially with such a low BPM? I’ve checked it several times and this appears to be the average this morning.

  • Todd Johnston

    BP is high, but is not consistent. During the day can be 155/96, then I sit and try to relax and 1 minute later it is 142/88 or lower. Heart rate is around high 60’s and low 70’s. In the afternoon I workout for about 45 minutes. Rigorous workout. Then my BP will be around 123/79 but heart rate always stays at 100 to 110. As my heart rate lowers my BP gets worse as in higher. Because of my HB I started working out to get this all better, but wonder what’s happening? I also get indications on my BP monitor that in some cases I am getting an irregular heart beat some of the time when I’m taking my BP. but this is a CVS BP monitor, so unsure of its working correctly.

  • Robert Annan

    I done a stress test and it come back abnormal then I done a holter monitor and that come back normal so i have had another stress test today see what comes back from that does anyone know anything about this or its happened to them and found nothing i still dont know yet if thay are going to find anything or not could someone please tell me something

    • Robert Annan

      And my blood pressure is normal

  • Christopher Welly

    hi i am 50 years old and my blood pressure {resting} is 121 over 79 with a pulse rate of 55 is this ok or shall i try to bring it down ,i do eat healthly and cycle often ,thank you in advance

  • Alan

    My BP is always high when I take it like 150 over 95 but I workout a lot and my Vo2 max is elite level. My resting heart rate is 52. Seems strange to me.No sure if its nerves when I do my bp. Lost my father to a stroke so BP is something I monitor. Maybe high BP is genetic and there is nothing we can do.

    • The_Beating_Edge_Team

      BP of 150/95 is high. There are many people with high blood pressure even if they work out. Do not stop eating right and working out (that is good for you) but you may need to also be on a medication to treat your BP. Please see your doctor. (note – when you take your blood pressure, ou should be seated for at least five minutes in a chair, with feet on the floor, and arm supported at heart level. Do not smoke or drink caffeine within 30 minutes before your measurement to insure the best results). http://my.clevelandclinic.org/services/heart/prevention/risk-factors/hypertension/your-blood-pressure

  • Mary

    Hi, I am 45 yrs. old and although I weigh 194 lbs, I am in general good health. I recently started feeling a strange pressure in my head Oct 1st. after starting an exercise plan of biking and weight lifting. I stood on a vibrating plate at the gym. Getting a massage made me feel worse. A week later I took my BP at home with a good automatic Omron BP cuff. I took it sitting, then standing, then sitting, then lying down, right in a row. My BP standing was 130/85. Sitting was 126/75 and lying down was 142/85 and my pulse was between 70 and 80 the whole time. My BP also went up when I sat and drank 12 oz of water. Then Oct. 9, my blood pressure was 118/71 with sophisticated automatic BP machine when I arrived at the doctor’s office (not affiliated with the Cleveland Clinic). I drank a 12 oz. water and sat quietly for an hour. I felt pressure in my head, so I asked them to take it again and it was 144/85. The pulse did not increase by much. I continue to have postnasal drip and a mild feeling of pressure in my head. Why did my BP increase so much when I drank water and when I laid down? What are some possible disorders that would lead to this happening? Might the cause be neurological, cardiac, endocrine, or something else? Thank you.

  • Rosemary Ede

    I have under active thyroid and feel so exhausted sometimes I feel like I may collapse. My friend who is a nurse checked my pulse yesterday and it was 51 in resting state, should I be worried?

  • Lew-Audreen Dischner

    I have a resting blood pressure of 120/101 Pulse is 88. At rest, cuddling my dog. Feeling a pressure at the base of my neck, dizzy and feeling a bit foggy. I am 53 years old with no medications or current health concerns.

    • The_Beating_Edge_Team

      Lew – your diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number) is too high. That along with your symptoms tell me you should be evaluated by a doctor.

      • Lew-Audreen Dischner

        I am currently being evaluated by a team of cardiologists. Have many tests being done. I have been passing out and having trouble with spiking 180/110 and dropping extremely low. Additionally my pulse runs 90’s to as low as 23. They are talking about a pacemaker. Although, first they have a few things to rule out to be sure. I have lost over 45 pounds and will continue to lose another 30 pounds. Haven’t been at 180 for thirty years. Thanks for taking time for those of us who need it…

  • Donna

    Just a quick question, my resting heart rate when I woke up this morning was 112, my blood pressure tends to be on the low side.
    I had an mri recently and it suggested early small vessell desease, my resting heart rate now is 98.

  • irum

    m a teacher n once3 at the end of a day when we were watching a death scene in a movie soon i got suffocated n low bp 100 n sugar 90 when tested in hospital,afterwards these attacks got slower with intervals now m facing only high pulse rate of 100.please i have gone through the tests of urine blood sugar thyroid abdominal ultra sound n even heart echo also all are ok,please tell me what should i do during such problem i feel that its end time one of the doctors suggested me levosulpiride n esomeprazole.with this problem of heart rate is nt solved specifically on bed sleeping time.suggest me the best please gob less,m married a teacher age 32 two kids one miscarriage 6 montghs ago,

    • The_Beating_Edge_Team

      I am wondering if you are describing a syncope episode or feeling faint – https://my.clevelandclinic.org/services/heart/disorders/syncope – it is difficult to say based on your note above – see this page for more information to see if this describes your symptoms – in that case you may want to be evaluated by someone who treats neurogenic syncope or autonomic disorders. – we would be happy to help you if we can – please contact us.

  • William Packer

    As long as you feel ok, blood pressure is fine between 90/60 w/ pulse of 40+ and 135/90 w/ pulse up to 115. A pulse higher than 120 all day long is not good. Anxiety attacks that leave it up near 120 for 6-8 hours can happen to some people and it usually isn’t cause of concern but you should see a therapist to fix the underlying issues. If your BP is lower than 90/60 or higher than 135/90 when resting (sitting) during 5 or more readings over a 2 week period… then you should see a doctor. One reading doesn’t mean much. If your BP is higher than 150/100 with a normal resting heart rate during one reading and you feel fine… then you might want to drink some water, eat a small healthy meal, wait 30 minutes and then check it again. If you have chest pain of any kind.. go to the emergency room to get evaluated. Blood pressure is not fixed. It varies not from just person to person but can change based on what you ate that day, how full your stomach is, what position your body is in, whether or not your fist is tightly held or if you stretch your fingers out, etc. Laying down lowers blood pressure, elevating your feet while laying down lowers it further… Standing up can raise it although, if you feel faint, you should *NOT* stand up. Even crossing your legs can change it. Being sick (ill from cold,flu etc) can increase it. Dehydration can cause high blood pressure. Too much salt can cause high blood pressure. Not getting enough potassium from your diet can cause high blood pressure. Not enough or imbalance of magnesium can cause high blood pressure. Too much calcium in your diet can cause high blood pressure (which is usually caused by an imbalance of too much calcium and not enough magnesium). etc. Even eating too much meat in one day can cause it… eating meat actually taxes your body to work harder. Crazy as that sounds, it can increase your BP that day. Lowest BP people I know are vegans who eat lots of veggies, fruits, rice or vegan Indian food),legumes, nuts. etc. If you decide to go vegan. Don’t do so blindly. Make sure you read up on the topic and get enough B-12, Vitamin-D, etc.

    I’m not a doctor but I have spent an insane amount of time throughout my life studying health.

    Oh on the topic of anxiety, if you are having a lot of that.. try increasing your intake of Vitamin D. Even if you are getting plenty of sunlight you can still be deficient… especially if you are darker skinned.