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 is this doctor right?
went to see a doctor last week ( not my regular one ) and checking my records found out that i had a heart attack last year ( i went with an unrelated problem ) and increased my dose of ramipril from ...


 What is it called when your heart just randomly stops?
What are the names of conditions where your heart just randomly stops for a period of time.?

Someone I know has this condition and is in the hospital right now, but I want to know what ...

 Does this sound like Heart Problems?
The last month or two occasionally I have had some weird things going on. Sometimes I will be relaxing and it feels like my heart flutters for a few seconds and then i'm fine. It use to happen ...

 my dads blood pressure is 180/120?
how bad is this. he refuses to go into the hospital....

 8 year old son lips go dark blue, especially when in water swimming?
I take anticonvulsants
EEg in Dr's surgery said atrial flutter, but gp said it was normal.
Should I push for anther opinion by paediatric cardiologist
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 Can't take pepcid AC for more than 14 days?
I have acid reflux, does anyone know why pepcid ac says you cant take it for more than 14 days? if i take one pill every morning i dont get it, its been two weeks and it says to contact a doctor, but ...

 Can anyone make me smile? I feel so sad.....=(?
My father had a Heart Attack a few months ago.
And he was rushed in the ER, yesterday.
He had 2 new blockages, and he isn't doing really good.
They did a Catheterization, and put ...

 when you hold your breath can you stop your heart beat to?or no one can stop there heart beat?

 will my friends grandma live longer?
i know this is weird as hell but yeah. my friends grandma has congestive heart failure and type 2 diabetes, he keeps saying that shes gonna die and i just keep telling him to say that, it should be ...

 is this a sign of heart attack? chest pain,more like pressure kind of pain then,?
like a more severe feeling of when you get a dead arm thats deep and spreads all across my chest too. i have to keep very still in order for this pain to ease. i suffer with heart burn alot so i ...

 What can you do for lowering down your high blood pressure to normal?
Other than taking medicine as I've heard that you have to take it for the rest of your life once you start your medication. Are there any other alternatives other than taking medicines? Thanks....

 How to reduce blood pressure as it is 150 without taking any medicine?

 i took my 6 month old son to doctor today he told me he has a heart murmur and told me to get an ECHO, iam sca?
should i worried iam so scare anyone have any similar ...

 a heart question? please read and help!?
ok, sometimes when i go play basketball, in like 5 mins, my heart is just beating very fast and i can feel it pounding standing up. It is hard to catch my breath and just feel so exhausted, it just ...

 My aunt had a stroke yesterday adn the dr's said that the cerebal part of her brain is dead is this really
serious and long term or is it something that can be fixed with rehab? Also she is only 45 and they are now saying that there maybe something wrong with her heart that cased this stroke,Does anyone ...

 should you eat salt if you have high blood pressure?

 My blood pressure is 160/125 is this normal?

 I'm 21 years old... no history of heart disease with myself or anything... but am having sharp chest pains now
My heart is beating a little fast... or harder than normal it seems... could it be a heart attack? Anxiety? I'm scared of having a heart attack but I don't know... I've had the pain ...

 My heart started beating really fast today?
I was at work just on my break eating my usual sandwich but then suddenly my heart started beating really hard and fast. I wasnt exactly doing anything just eating and felt fine in myself...i want to ...

Phantomswife 309
What should the figures read on a blood pressure machine for one to be normal? What is the normal heart rate?
Is 76 too low for the heart and if so what happens then?
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Matador.You have taken the bull by the horns! Thank you for being so thorough.

Ella Howard
The figures simply read on a blood pressure machine? YAWN! Don't believe everything that you read!

normal would be a resting heart rate of 120 over 70. if the low number is 76, you,re o.k.

Normal is 120/80 with a beating rate of 75 to 85 beats per minute. But strongly advise if you think you have a problem or you don't feel right take a visit to your Dr. and just be checked. Better to be safe than sorry!

matador 89
Blood pressure results from two forces. One is created by the heart as it pumps blood into the arteries and through the circulatory system. The other is the force of the arteries as they resist the blood flow.
The higher (systolic) number represents the pressure while the heart contracts to pump blood to the body.
The lower (diastolic) number represents the pressure when the heart relaxes between beats.
The systolic pressure is always stated first. For example: 118/76 (118 over 76); systolic (s) = 118, diastolic (d) = 76.
Blood pressure below 120 over 80 mmHg (millimeters of mercury) is considered optimal for adults.
A systolic pressure of 120 to 139 mmHg or a diastolic pressure of 80 to 89 mmHg is considered "prehypertension" and needs to be watched carefully.
A blood pressure reading of 140 over 90 or higher is considered elevated (high).
High blood pressure usually has no symptoms. In fact, many people have high blood pressure for years without knowing it. That's why it's called the "silent killer." Hypertension is the medical term for high blood pressure. It doesn't refer to being tense, nervous or hyperactive.

High blood pressure

Stage 1 140–159 (s) Or 90–99 (d)
Stage 2 160 (s) or higher Or 100 (d) or higher

Hypotension < 90 (s) < 60 (d)
Normal 90 – 119 (s) 60 – 79 (d)
120 – 139 (s) 80 – 89 (d)
Stage 1 Hypertension
140 – 159 (s) 90 – 99 (d)
Stage 2 Hypertension ≥ 160 (s) ≥ 100 (d)

A one-off blood pressure reading that is high does not mean that you have 'high blood pressure'. Your blood pressure varies throughout the day. It may be high for a short time if you are anxious, stressed, or have just been exercising. You considered to have 'high blood pressure' (hypertension) if you have several blood pressure readings that are high, and which are taken on different occasions, and when you are relaxed. A low reading is not necessarily an indicator of illness, many athletes have a low reading. Low Blood Pressure (hypotension) is pressure so low it causes symptoms or signs due to the low flow of blood through the arteries and veins. When the flow of blood is too low to deliver enough oxygen and nutrients to vital organs such as the brain, heart, and kidney, the organs do not function normally and may be permanently damaged. Unlike high blood pressure, low blood pressure is defined primarily by signs and symptoms of low blood flow and not by a specific blood pressure number. Some individuals may have a blood pressure of 90/50 with no symptoms of low blood pressure and therefore do not have low blood pressure. However, others who normally have high blood pressure may develop symptoms of low blood pressure if their blood pressure drops to 100/60. A blood pressure of 76 would not normally be considered to be in the category of "low".


It is extremely important to obtain an accurate diagnosis before trying to find a cure. Many diseases and conditions share common symptoms.

The information provided here should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions.

Hope this helps
matador 89

Sarjeet S. G...
The human body is very robust. Some people can live with blood pressures of 210/120 mm Hg. I have personally recorded this in a real person.

Others can live with a blood pressure of 85/60 mm Hg. Most of us are between these extremes. The normal blood pressure is 120/80 mm Hg. There are other views on this too.

The book example of normal heart rate is 72 beats / min.
I have looked after healthy individuals with a heart rate of 42 beats per minute. The book normal is between 60 and 100 beats per minute.

No, 76 beats is not too low. Nothing happens. Breathe easy. Our bodies are the result of millions of years of evolution.

For an adult(age 18 and over), a normal heart rate ranges from 60 to 100 beats per minute (bpm). Usually women's heart rate is between about 70-80 beats per minute.

You can determine your heart rate at this website.


Should be not more than 140/90.
Heart rate is typically around 70.

Vanessa E
Blood pressure and heart rate are two separate things. Blood pressure is a measure of the pressure on the arterial walls, and is given as 2 numbers - "systolic" over "diastolic" pressure. Normal blood pressure should be something between about 110/70 and 120/80. 140/90 is considered high blood pressure.

Your heart rate is a measure of the number of times your heart beats in the space of 1 minute. Normal resting heart rate is 60 - 80 beats per minute, so 76 is just fine. Your heart rate will go up when you exercise, possibly as high as 200 bpm. Being nervous, excited, or drinking caffeine can also raise your heart rate.

Dr Frank
Optimum BP is 120/80 and pulse/heart rate varies between 60 and 100.

Optimal BP, regardless of adult age, should be <120/80. Anything above is a risk to health and 150+ is within treatment range (the treatment threshold is lower if you have risk factors such as diabetes etc.)

It is fair comment to say that the lower the BP is, the better (unless one is symptomatic).

Single BP readings are never diagnostic, if there is a concern over your BP, your Doctor can arrange for you to have a 24 hour BP study which will give a more accurate analysis of your BP.

Normal Heart Rate is 60-100. HR below 60 isn't always a problem. Very fit people tend to have a lower heart rate because they have better cardiovascular efficiency, if this is the case, a HR of 48 can be a completely normal healthy indication. My resting HR is often below 50.

The fitter you are, the larger stroke volume one has and this means more oxygen is distributed to the body with each heart beat. So the fitter you are, the less your heart has to pump to do the job. It's the exact same when you rest and the exact same applies when you exercise.

A very low pulse rate can be tolerated as long as the amount of blood pumped out of the left side of the heart per minute is adequate to oxygenate the brain and the other parts of the body. Once the heart is unable to fulfil this requirement you will become symptomatic.The level this is tolerated at varies from person to person. Below 40 is usually always a problem and is absolute bradycardia. .

With regards to HR, what is considered "normal" really depends on the person and to some extent, situation.

Clock's answer is sort of misleading. Although it is indeed possible for a persons BP to be over 200, it is of course pathological and a severe risk to health.

Although there are other theories on the meaning of BP and its affect on health; the worlds leading health organisations support the idea that the higher the BP, the greater the stroke risk (evidence supports this theory). Average BP of over 200, can never be considered 'normal' that would be forcing the heart to work way beyond it's capacity. You asked what is considered normal.

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