Can high blood pressure cause a high pulse rate?

Q: Can high BP cause a high pulse rate?

A: Generally speaking, when the heart beats faster, blood pressure goes up. However, when blood vessels expand to accommodate the increase in blood volume leaving the heart, blood pressure does not rise. This is what happens when your heart beats faster because of an activity like exercise. Untreated high blood pressure makes blood vessels stiffer and less able to expand with an increase in heart rate.

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