My pulse pressure is high. For example a recent BP reading was 118/42 with a pulse pressure of 76 and a pulse rate of 58. I don't have a history of heart problems and my total cholesterol is 157. I am a 73 year old male. Should I be concerned? Should I see a cardiologist?
Normal resting pulse pressure is 40 (120-80). If resting pulse is usually greater than 40, such as 60-80 it could indicate a hardening of the major arteries. A high resting pulse pressure is harmful as there is an increased probability to increase ageing or the heart, brain and kidneys.
There have been studies that indicate for every 10 increase in pp there is a 10% increase for a heart problem. And high pp combined with low heart rate (below 60, bradycardia) is associated with with increased intracranial pressure and should be reported to a physcian.
The condition can be related to medication and lately my systole pressure is between 140-150 and diastole remains normal (around 80). I will call dr. to adjust or change medication as the systole pressure is unacceptable to me.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.