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My Pulse rate is 88/Min and Blood Pressure is 123/70.Is it Normal?

My Pulse rate is 88/Min and Blood Pressure is 123/70. I am Stressed. Is it Normal? Well I ve ben suffering from panic attacks from a couple of months. Well can t control my anxiety. Whenever I want to check the blood pressure or pulse rate it elevates. What Can I do? I am 19 Years old. Is it normal?
Thu, 17 Dec 2009
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Panic, anxiety and stress all work to increase your blood pressure and heart rate. Standing typically causes a dramatic increase in a short time. Any physical activity can increase it as well. A full bladder, smoking, alcohol and being sedentary most of the time can increase your BP and/or HR. Here is the facts of BP levels: 120/80 or lower is normal blood 120 to 139 for the top number, or 80 to 89 for the bottom number is prehypertension 140/90 or higher is high blood pressure Here is the low-down on HR: New born and infants 100 to 160 bpm Children 1 to 10 years 70 to 120 bpm Children over 10/Adults/Seniors 60 to 100 bpm Well-trained Athletes 40 to 60 bpm So, your HR isn't so bad, unless like me you have already had a problem (see my profile). Since you say your paniced a lot it is not suprising that your BP checks high, though it's not really all that high. I don't see this as a problem for you. This is just one reading. Several readings are required by a doctor (which I'm not) before they can make the diagnosis of high BP. When I forget my BP med, my BP will jump to the High 120's/High 80'S and my HR ranges from mid 70's to upper 90's. With my med I get BP readings as low as 102/58 and HR as low as 57. But I'm in pretty good physical shape having lost 30-40 pounds and taken a job lifting heavy boxes for 10 hours a night plus lifting weights and cycling 3-4 times a week. Exercise and proper diet are your best friends when it come to heart health. Your at a great age to develope the "good" habits needed for a long and healthy life. For now, I think your fine. But you may want to see if your doctor can help with the Panic/Anxiety Attacks. Wish you the best, Terry
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