I was under the impression that a normal blood pressure range for an adult was between 90/60 and 119/79. I was also under the impression that a normal sedentary heart rate is between 60-100 with the average of about 70-75 bpm.
Is it possible to be diagnosed with Orthostatic Hypotenstion and during the day your sedentary blood pressure be 123/87 with a heart rate of 48-51? (That is sedentary not reclining)
The normal ranges I was taught in nursing school are still adhered to by many physicians....for blood pressure, the top number (systolic) represents the pressure in the vessels while your heart is contracting. Normal range used to be 100- 140. New recommendations say 90-120. The bottom number (diastolic) represents the pressure in your vessels while your heart is relaxing. Normal range used to be 60 - 90. New recommendations say 60-80. As far as pulse goes, a average pulse is 72 beats per minute, but anything between 60 and 80 is considered normal. You need to monitor the pulse at rest for a full minute and pay attention for anything irregular, like skipped beats, speeding up or slowing down and make the doctor aware of anything of that nature. Also, if you are very athletic, it is not abnormal for your heart rate to be a bit slower than the normal range because your heart is a very effective pump and doesn't have to work quite as hard to move the required amount of blood.
I can't comment on the Orthostatic hypotension diagnosis, because I am not a doctor, however that is a very low heart rate, especially in comparison to the blod pressure.
Thank you for responding. What you posted is what I thought were the ranges.
I'm 51 and recently (over a years time) lost 80 lbs. I had to stop exercising for a while because I developed pelvic organ prolapse with a hernia. I am scheduled for surgery in June. That is why I am concerned about my heart.
I originally sought out care for my heart about 5 years ago for irregular beats (skipping) and symptoms of OI. But they diagnosed with High BP. Since losing the weight, they took me off the med.
A naturopath diagnosed me with adrenal insufficiency, anemia and possible thyroid problems. My husband wanted me to go back to my GP and it has been downhill.
The (new to me) cardiac dr. my GP sent me to did the tilt table. My numbers reclining were 123/61 and 54 bpm. After 40 minutes they had gone up to 137/90 and 77 bpm. I started feeling nauseated and hot but never passed out. He never looked at my legs or feet to check for pooling nor did he give me the IV. He said that he thought that I had OI and wasn't going to make me pass out to prove it then ok'd me to have surgery. I don't know anything about him as a dr. but he was nice. However, nice doesn't help if I should be questioning the idea of surgery under my present symptoms.
I just didn't know how to research the seeming inconsistency of the high BP and such a low HR. Do you know any good site for dummies that address this?
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