blood pressure dropping while exercising.. normal?
To be honest.. I am so tired of not feeling well and SO tired of thinking about not feeling well constantly..
So yesterday I thought I would try and exersie again.
My cardio told me no exercise until I retake stress test in a few weeks(she told me this 6wks ago when they made the appointment) and I really know I should just listen I guess I'm just fustrated :(
Anyhow I was not feeling well only like 1 min in.. maybe not event that long... I just felt like I was going to pass out. My heart felt as though it was rasing. I felt dizzy.. so out of breath(I mean I feel feel I am in shape so I'm fustrated with this!!)
My pulse did not get that high I think for exercise(160bpm) I mean when I go to those MHR calculators it says for my age I can go up to 196.. but I was out of breath.. dizzy.. so stopped and look my blood pressure(and pulse at this time) and my blood pressure actually fell. It went down to 89/61... then about 5 mins after stopping exercise rose back up to like 112/71.. I am on a beta blocker( 12.5mg metoprolol ).. should this not keep my pulse lower then what it got up to(and this was like less then a min..)? Does the beta blocker lower bp during exercise, or rather is suppose to?
I thought it was odd.. I never took my bp while exercising(I mean cardio did but I never asked or even knew what the results were.. the stress test).. is this normal?
If you measured the BP while you actually were exercising, I bet your BP would be much higher. When you suddenly stop running, blood are pooling up in the veins, which are dilated due to increased blood flow and temperature. You need muscle force to push blood back through veins, and when that suddenly stops, your blood pressure will, and should, fall.
If I measure my HR right after I stop running, it actually increases to compensate for this. That's why I always cool down by walking after running.
If you have problems with dizziness when standing and after exercise, ask your doctor to switch beta blocker from Metoprolol to Propranolol, as this one constrict the blood vessels more. I can choose which one of them to choose, and I get a slower heart rate (less blood pressure drop) on propranolol.
Bottom line: What you experience is normal. Relax :)
Oh good! Thanks so much!! So can you use a home bp machine and actually test while you are exercising? never thought you could. I don't go back until a few weeks but will talk again to cardio about this med agreeing w/ me. thanks again.
The diastolic is a so-called movement artifact. I would guess your diastolic is between 80 and 100 while exercising. It doesn't rise much with exercise. But when you run, the machine isn't able to interpret it correctly. You need an exercise bike to do that, but don't worry :)
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