Asked by sue stanfield
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.
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 #)
less than 120
less than 80
120 -; 139
80 -; 89
High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) Stage 1
140 -; 159
90 -; 99
High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) Stage 2
160 or higher
100 or higher
Hypertensive Crisis (Emergency care needed)
Higher than 180
Higher than 110
- Your doctor should evaluate unusually low blood pressure readings."