My pulse has been higher, sometimes too high.
I also take a very small amount of atenolol (6.25mg).
According to the study published in 2002 (Pierdomenico SD and others)in Italy, ACE inhibitors REDUCE both clinical and ambulatory heart rate in hypertensive patients with faster heart rate. These drugs did not significantly change HR in patients with baseline <74 beats per minute. However, they significantly reduced
HR in patients with the baseline >75, even more so in patients >85.
When you think about how ACE inhibitors and other BP medications work, it follows that as the BP is lowered, so is the pulse. This should be the case, unless
there is an underlying medical condition, such as a heart problem, or certain diseases, including asthma and diabetes.
There are many other factors that cause rises in heart rate. Some are: EXERCISE
use of illicit drugs
Vitamin B and potassium deficiencies (and some other minerals as well)
large meals, use of alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine
emotional changes, anxiety and stress
When and how often do you take your pulse? Many people measure their heart rate right after they exercise. It is always higher
then resting heart rate. Our pulse rises to meet the demands of activity and then gets back to normal when we rest. You don't mention what your pulse rate is when measured. It varies according to the time of day and what we happen to be doing. Normal in an adult is between 60-100 beats per minute. Unless you are at rest all the time, it rises and falls in the course of the day.