Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Medical Blood Pressure & Heart Rate

  1. Jun 15, 2008 #1
    While I was at work I had it tested. BP was 116 over 82. Heart rate was 63.
    I guess that's good considering I smoke and don't eat real healthy. .. and I'm 30 for the record.

    So is that good, bad, normal?
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Jun 16, 2008 #2
    That's pretty good. Did you sit for five minutes after being active?
    I'd say from your heart rate you probably were.
    As a general rule of thumb, health care workers want to see less than 120/80 average.
    If your blood pressure is consistently where it is now, I'd say you probably don't have any blood pressure problems.

    Another good test is to see how fast your blood pressure goes back to normal after exercise. Do jumping jacks or push ups for a few minutes and measure your blood pressure every 5 minutes until it comes back down. 15 minutes or less is good for it to go back to baseline.

    Oh, just to nag, smoking is bad, your chances of having heart related illness, CVA, etc ... are greatly increased, but I'm one to talk, I do it too.
     
  4. Jun 16, 2008 #3
    Wow, thats very good!
     
  5. Jun 16, 2008 #4

    Astronuc

    User Avatar

    Staff: Mentor

    That's normal. My BP is typically 110/70, although it has been measure at 85/60, even after riding a bike. My pulse rates is in the 60's/70's, but it has been in the 40's back when I road a bike everyday, ran long distance and played football.
     
  6. Jun 16, 2008 #5
    No, I wasn't.. actually, we had just walked up the steps and saw it there so we all tried it.. I may have waited like 3-4 min before I took it...
    .. ok, as long as it's good, I feel better..

    You played football in the forties.. ?!?! :rofl:
     
  7. Jun 16, 2008 #6

    Evo

    User Avatar

    Staff: Mentor

    It's a bit high, you are right on the borderlinre of what is considered above normal and "pre-hypertension".

    Prehypertension
    Blood pressure in this category used to be considered high-normal.
    Systolic (upper reading) 120-139
    or
    Diastolic (lower reading) 80-89

    Here is the latest on what is normal, pre-hypertension, and hypertension.

    http://www.health.harvard.edu/fhg/updates/update0803a.shtml
     
  8. Jun 16, 2008 #7

    Moonbear

    User Avatar
    Staff Emeritus
    Science Advisor
    Gold Member

    Following exercise, that's good. Since it sounds like you may have used some sort of machine out for you to use, it's still a good idea to have it checked by a healthcare professional (you can even get blood pressure and heart rate checked by a pharmacist now, if you didn't know that was an option, or if insurance covers it, a nurse at your doctor's office can check it). The reason I suggest this is that sometimes the machines sitting out places aren't serviced/calibrated well, and can be a bit misleading. You can check your own heart rate though...find your pulse and count. 70 is average. Up to 100 can be considered within the normal range, but if you're just resting and it goes over 80, I'd recommend having a doctor check it out.

    And, just because the smoking hasn't gotten you yet... You know the rest. :wink:
     
  9. Jun 16, 2008 #8

    Evo

    User Avatar

    Staff: Mentor

    Definitely have it checked professionally as Moonbear says.

    For most of my life my blood pressure was around 90/60, it wasn't until a few years ago that it started going up. Now with blood pressure medicine it's back to around 112/60. The upper number is extremely variable, it can go up dramatically from stress, pain, and exertion.

    At the age of 30 you should have a history of what your blood pressure has been, but perhaps you are one of those people that have never been to the doctor. If you have an family history of high blood pressure, you definitely need to start having your blood pressure checked.

    I don't know if "walked up the steps" means a few steps or 6 flights of stairs. If you just went up a flight of steps at a normal pace, that's not the same as having excercized. :biggrin:
     
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2008
  10. Jun 17, 2008 #9
    Yea, it was one of those "sit down and put your arm in it" things.
    :rolleyes: yea.. I know..
    No, I've been to the doctor.. I just never really payed attention to the numbers they said. As long as they said I was ok, I was happy.
    4 flights..
     
  11. Jun 25, 2008 #10
    As a general rule, your blood pressure has to be consistently in a certain range to be considered in that range.

    There can be other problems with blood pressure, such as taking a long time to lower after exercise.
     
Know someone interested in this topic? Share this thread via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook

Have something to add?



Similar Discussions: Blood Pressure & Heart Rate
  1. Blood Pressure (Replies: 10)

  2. Blood Pressure. (Replies: 8)

  3. Heart rate doubling (Replies: 14)

Loading...