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Old 11-27-2004, 12:48 AM   #1
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Question about exercise with HBP

Does anyone know the ideal blood pressure rate during exercise? I get kind of worried even when I'm walking. Thx again

 
Old 11-27-2004, 07:15 AM   #2
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Re: Question about exercise with HBP

If your blood pressure is normal, you should not have a problem walking. If this is something new for you, then you should ask your doctor about. Always ask before beginning any exercise program especially if you never did it before. The first number may go up slightly as you walk but the bottom number should stay the same. Generally, the faster the heart rate the higher the first number will be during exercise.

 
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Old 11-27-2004, 11:45 AM   #3
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Re: Question about exercise with HBP

Stormy,

Rick is right..if your BP controlled and normal at rest, you should be able to walk without any concern.


Generally, the systolic blood pressure (top number) should not increase more than 60 points above your baseline....OR above 190, whichever one is lower.

Let's say your resting systolic blood pressure is 120. Your peak blood pressure should not increase above 180 while exercising.

But if you are still worried, as Rick said, call your doctor who hopefully will reassure you that walking is okay for you.


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Re: Question about exercise with HBP

What if the bottom number goes up? I was walking around in wal-mart the other night and took it on their machine (I hate those things) and it went up to around 100. I know I shouldn't trust those but there wasn't anything else around.

 
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Re: Question about exercise with HBP

As Rick mentioned, during dynamic exercise, the systolic rate should rise steadily as the intensity of the exercise increases, while the diastolic rate should change very little. ...

A good rule of thumb is...If the diastolic rate increases by 20 above the resting value, or reaches 120 or above, then exercise should be stopped. But your doctor may feel a different "threshold" number is okay for you.

What is your resting diastolic when you monitor it at home?

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Old 11-28-2004, 05:44 AM   #6
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Re: Question about exercise with HBP

Stormy,

High blood pressure does its damage by being high for YEARS and YEARS. THus, an exercise peak is absolutely nothing to get concerned about, in fact, it's probably quite desirable (pet theory.)
Worry only about a resting BP that is high day in and day out, week in and week out...for decades!

 
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