My pulse goes down, sometimes to 53. This happens when my blood pressure goes down, but even if my blood pressure is normal or high, I get shaky and weak, then get headaches, dizziness and even nausea. Is there anything I can do to increase my pulse? I wonder if it is related to a medical condition or if it could caused by the medication I take for hypertension.
Hi, and thank you for your question. Our expert Dr. Martin Cane writes in a previous answer, "The textbook normal pulse rate range is 60 to 100 beats per minute. This rate is not usually affected by the fact that someone has high blood pressure. If someone has very low blood pressure, the body may compensate by increasing pulse rate. Some medication used to treat high blood pressure may slow the pulse rate and and your doctor will usually take this into consideration when examining you." For addition information on understanding high blood pressurepulse rate, please read "High Blood Pressure by the Numbers"
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