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Blood pressure and cycling(7 posts)

Blood pressure and cyclingCaptain Morgan
Oct 30, 2002 6:44 AM
Does regular exercise tend to increase or decrease your resting blood pressure? The reason I ask is that I used to have BP readings of 90/60 to 120/70. Now I cycle and run quite a bit, but I have noticed my resting BP now can be as high as 130's/80's. Last night after work I tested 139/89, and with a heart rate of 41. Is this common for anyone else?
It's supposed to lower your BPPack Meat
Oct 30, 2002 7:03 AM
But mine is high to. As high as 150/95. I was talking to the company nurse about that and about the only thing we could come up with was increase sodium intake and genetics. But if yours was lower before the heredity thing doesn't make sense.
making sense of heridity;Steve_0
Oct 30, 2002 7:18 AM
As i mentioned in my other post, my BP has increased significantly over 10 years (though still not elevated). Stress level is zero; sodium intake is and has always been nil. I think triathlon and marathoning puts me in the 'active lifestyle' category.

That leaves genetics and beer as possible explanations. Im not even considering the beer as the culprit.
re: Blood pressure and cyclingSteve_0
Oct 30, 2002 7:15 AM
Exercise reduces blood pressure; both for the long-term and immediately following exercise (ie, even though exercising one day will not affect long-term BP readings, it will lower your BP reading for an hour or two following exercise)

How long ago is "used to have"?... 10 years ago my readings were 90/70; now im around 120/85. The body changes.

Also, dont freak out on a single high (actually, borderline eleveated) reading; single readings mean absolutely nothing; its the cumulation of readings over time that matters. the 140/90 you saw could be from a stressful day at work, could be that the meatloaf you had for lunch is still in your stomach, or could simply be a physiological anomoly which means nothing.
re: Blood pressure and cyclingCaptain Morgan
Oct 30, 2002 7:40 AM
Thanks for your input. 'How long ago' means maybe five years. I remember a 90/60 reading back in 1996, when I was 31 y.o. Now I'm 37. I am thinking about keeping a written record so that I can calculate an average. I am concerned, but not overly concerned. Even if it means nothing, I'd rather be aware of what's going on rather than being oblivious to the fact.
same here...slomo
Oct 30, 2002 11:05 AM
before i started putting in some meaningful/serious riding, my BP was 120/80. that was 1 1/2 years ago. since then, milege, fitness and BP have gone up. it has been as high as 150/100 but now is 135/90 with a HR in the low 60's. i've been given atenolol to decrease my BP but it sucked working out. being on this stuff made me lethargic and i could only max my HR to 70%. i have stopped using it in hopes of losing a few (10) more pounds and eating healthier.

also i think i'll be searching out an exercise minded MD for further treatment.
re: Blood pressure and cyclingpeloton
Oct 30, 2002 4:49 PM
WIthout gettting into too much physiology, cycling would tend to decrease your blood pressure. Your recent blood pressure readings would borderline on being hypertensive. This could be due to a numbe of things. Maybe you were nervous at the time of the reading, had too much coffee, or what not. Maybe this is also your blood pressure now. Maybe you are going through a period of stress, have a poor diet (sodium, etc), or have a genetic predisposition to hypertension.

Maybe seeing a doc about your blood pressure would be a good idea to see what is giving you elevated readings (although still not in a realm to be overly alarmed.) There is probably something else going on here if your blood pressure is going up, and cycling is likely not the issue.