The possible effect of altitude on your blood pressure.

Q: I have been diagnosed with high blood pressure. I live at the altitude of 7000 ft. I didn’t have high blood pressure when I lived at sea-level.  When I go and visit now my blood pressure is 112/72 or so but my pulse seems to go up in the 70’s.  Is this unusual?

A: A pulse of 70 is in the normal range for a resting adult.  This rate is not unusual.  The climate in lower altitudes is usually warmer and more humid.  As a normal response to heat and humidity, the heart pumps faster to keep the body cool. A higher temperature at a lower altitude could cause a faster pulse.

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