Re: Lower the Pressure - Higher the Heart Rate
It is best to take your pulse when lying down upon awakening. This will be your resting pulse. Normal resting pulse is 70-80 heartbeats per minute for women. It can be lower, especially if you are in a great physical shape, or an athlete. It can run as low as 47-50 bpm and be considered normal resting blood pressure, depending on your circumstances.
A number of things affect your heart rate. Your age, sex, fitness level, any prescription drugs you might be on, genetic factors and anxiety all play a role.
I was on medication that was causing my heart to race, with resting blood pressure 110 beats a minute. Of course, once I got up and started moving, the heart beat much faster. It can get pretty scary. I had to get the meds straightened out.
You should mention your concerns to your doctor. He should be aware of these issues and is the one who'll decide on the course of action, if any. I wonder if your medication might be causing the increases. Some Benicar studies reported a very small percentage of adverse cardiological reactions, such as an increased heart beat (tachycardia) and chest pain in study participants.