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Sunday, July 29, 2012 sue stanfield, Community Member, asks

Q: I am 54,my blood pressure was 171/70 with heart rate of 50...30 minutes later it was

157/105 pulse rate 48. 3 years ago I was diagnosed with HOC....My pulse has been running as low as 38,but normally stays around 48 to 50. I was at rest when taking bp however I was also experiencing tightness of chest,palpitations and shortness of breath.

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7/30/12 11:51am

Hi Sue Stanfield:


With you being symptomatic with your low pulse and elavated blood pressure it is best for you to be evaluated by your physician. He/She will be most familiar with your health history and be better able to diagnose what is going on.


"This chart reflects blood pressure categories defined by the American Heart Association."

Blood Pressure Category Systolic mm Hg (upper #)   Diastolic mm Hg (lower #) Normal less than 120 and less than 80 Prehypertension 120139 or 8089 High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) Stage 1 140159 or 9099 High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) Stage 2 160 or higher or 100 or higher Hypertensive Crisis (Emergency care needed) Higher than 180 or Higher than 110

* Your doctor should evaluate unusually low blood pressure readings."


Take care,

Tara, RN

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By sue stanfield, Community Member— Last Modified: 07/30/12, First Published: 07/29/12