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    Blood Pressure Question
    angieandtim posted:
    My husband and I have been monitoring his blood pressure for the past few weeks because he had mentioned something like having some slight chest pain (no other symptoms other than a racing pulse he thought he had). We were checking his blood pressure this afternoon and saw a reading that concerned us. He had a blood pressure of 97/82 and a pulse rate of 97 bpm. Is this anything to worry about or should we be trying to see a physician for any treatment? This is the first time a reading like this has come across. Most of the time his blood pressure is 128/84 with a bpm of 82. We just wanted an opinion before we let this go complete to our heads with worry.
    tank1068 responded:
    I'm not a Dr. But I've been a firefighter EMT for 23 years.

    I would not be that concerned about the blood pressure but I would be about the chest pain. Everyday our blood pressure fluctuates because of caffeine, stress, eating, etc.. This is also true with our pulse, mine increases after I eat. Normal pulse is 60-100 beats per min. So, IMO only I wouldn't worry about the vitals as much as if he's still having chest pain, I would have him call his MD right away for that.
    billh99 responded:
    I suspect that reading was an anomaly of kind. But the difference between the high number and lower number is called the pulse pressure.

    That is what is needed to force blood through the body and organs. Ideally it is 40. 15 would be too low too make sure every part of the body had a good blood circulation.

    But BP alone is not a much of an indicator of heart problems.

    But anytime that you are concerned about symptoms that you ask about them on a forum is time to talk to your doctor about them. And your husband has two - chest pains & racing heart.

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