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Wednesday, December 03, 2008 emahelin, Community Member, asks

Q: My blood pressure is slightly elevated today. I take blood presure meds daily.

Although my blood pressure is fairly good 129/71 my pulse rate is quite low 54.  I was wondering if I should be concerned about this and if my doctor should be notified.

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Martin Cane, M.D., Health Pro
12/ 3/08 8:19pm



Thanks for your question.  Normal pulse rate for an adult ranges from 60 - 100 beats per minute and your pulse is just a bit lower than this.  This most likely is not contributing to any change in your pressure. 


As you mentioned, your BP today was actually pretty good.  I think there is little to be concerned about based on the information provided.


Many blood pressure medications can lower pulse rate, especially beta blockers like tenormin (atenolol), lopressor (metoprolol), and labetolol.  If your pulse remains a bit low, then it would be a good idea to discuss this with your doctor.  Should you have any symptoms such as lightheadedness, dizziness, or vision changes, then you should contact you physician as soon as possible.


Best wishes.


Martin Cane, M.D.

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By emahelin, Community Member— Last Modified: 04/09/14, First Published: 12/03/08