My co-worker's blood pressure was 111/54 with pulse of 92. We were wondering why her pulse is higher with a low blood pressure and mine was lower with a higher blood pressure. I take medication to lower my blood pressure. Are we Ok? I am 51, she is 23.
The Joint National Committee defines four blood pressure categories. Very High Range - Stage 2 HypertensionSystolic (top) blood pressure 160 mm Hg or highDiastolic (bottom) blood pressure 100 mm Hg or higher If in this range you have hypertension (high blood pressure). High Range - Stage 1 HypertensionSystolic (top) blood pressure 140 - 159 mm HgDiastolic (bottom) blood pressure 90 - 99 mm HgIf in this range you have hypertension (high blood pressure). Caution Range - PrehypertensionSystolic (top) blood pressure 120 - 139 mm HgDiastolic (bottom) blood pressure 80 - 89 mm Hg Take action! Normal Range - NormalSystolic (top) blood pressure below 120 mm HgDiastolic (bottom) blood pressure below 80 mm Hg Perfect!
A systolic (top number) blood pressure of 145 puts you in the Stage 1 hypertension range. I recommend being checked by your physician. A blood pressure of 111/54 is within normal.
Here is an article that discusses blood pressure and heart rate:
The Connection Between Blood Pressure and Heart Rate
All the best,
Lisa Nelson RD
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