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Q: what does a 144/62 with a resting pulse of 67 mean

I had a reading of 144/62 with a resting pulse of 67. I was having symptons of palpatations at the time.

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Lisa Nelson, Health Pro
7/ 3/09 3:10pm

Hi Lynndajoi,


The Joint National Committee defines four blood pressure categories.

Very High Range - Stage 2 Hypertension
Systolic (top) blood pressure 160 mm Hg or high
Diastolic (bottom) blood pressure 100 mm Hg or higher
If in this range you have hypertension (high blood pressure).

High Range - Stage 1 Hypertension
Systolic (top) blood pressure 140 - 159 mm Hg
Diastolic (bottom) blood pressure 90 - 99 mm Hg
If in this range you have hypertension (high blood pressure).

Caution Range - Prehypertension
Systolic (top) blood pressure 120 - 139 mm Hg
Diastolic (bottom) blood pressure 80 - 89 mm Hg
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Normal Range - Normal
Systolic (top) blood pressure below 120 mm Hg
Diastolic (bottom) blood pressure below 80 mm Hg


So, your systolic reading of 144 puts you in the stage 1 hypertension category.  If you're not diagnosed with high blood pressure, I recommend being evaluated by your physician.


Typical adult heart rates range between 50-100, with the average being around 70 beats per minute.  Typically, the lower your heart rate the better.


All the best,

Lisa Nelson RD

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