The relation of blood pressure to pulse rate.

Q: It seems that my blood pressure varies with my pulse rate. When my pulse rate is 62 to 65, I get a good reading of 130/80. When the pulse goes to something like 54, the reading goes to 140/90. Can you explain that please? Thank you.

A: Typically blood pressure will rise with an increase in heart rate. Since you report the opposite, I have to wonder about what you are doing during measurements and what drugs you might be taking. Quietly resting in a cool room could both lower your heart rate and increase your blood pressure as vessels constrict to conserve body heat. Being more active in a warm room would cause the opposite to occur. Drugs can cause all sort of unusual reactions. Discuss this further with your doctor.

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