I was running late, and stressed. It was:
147/78 with a pulse rate of 55. No Meds.
I know that's high enough my doctor would insist I go back on meds... but I honestly don't think it's all that bad for a person my size under stress with no time to relax first. Anyone else got an opinion?
I agree, I think that's very good. Did your doctor suggest meds? For me, I would have gone back on meds, but I tend to be a little over cautious sometimes due to my past heart problems. For most cardiac patients, the doctors seems to feel that lower is better, as long as you're not passing out.
I'm assuming that if you aren't taking any medication for blood pressure, then you probably aren't taking anything that would lower your heart rate. Prior to starting this WOE, on medication my pulse rate was typically 75-80. So I was very surprised to see my pulse rate running between 50 and 60 after a couple of months of this WOE, but I had assumed that it was related to my medication.
Wikipedia lists the normal resting pulse rate of adults as 60-100 and 40-60 for athletes. That's where our pulse rate is falling, and we are certainly not athletes, or are we? Here's my theory...
We have both lost around 20% of our total body weight and our hearts were used to pumping blood to all that extra fat. Now that there is 20% less, our hearts don't have to work as hard, hence the lower pulse rate. So if we follow my logic out, if we were to both drop to a BMI of 20, we would be able to run a 1 hour marathon...lol