Blood pressure

Discussion in 'Training, Fitness and Health' started by Milzy, 17 May 2019.

  1. Milzy

    Milzy Veteran

    Unhealthy people tend to have high blood pressure. Fit & healthy people who exercise tend to have low blood pressure.
    My question is won’t athletes have B.P a bit higher than normal due to a heavy training load & the heart been stronger & possibly enlarged pumping a higher volume of blood than an average couch surfer?
    Also the general chart doesn’t take into account age, height, weight, profession, recently eaten & drank coffee, mental state etc.
    Isn’t it just like the BMI thing when super league players of solid muscle are classed as ‘obese’?
  2. Slick

    Slick Veteran

    I'm not sure it works like that or else the fitter you became the more susceptible to heart disease you would become. :wacko:

    Was there not a heart specialist on here putting videos on YouTube explaining things like this?
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  3. Nope. The heart beats to feed the oxygen demand, and efficiency of the system. If you’ve got a good lactate threshold ( how efficiently you use the available oxygen) and VO2 max ( how much oxygen your blood can take up ) the heart has an easier job, so pumps more efficiently, which leads to a lower closed system pressure.
  4. Shearwater Missile

    Shearwater Missile Well-Known Member

    I will stick my neck out here and say that blood pressure does vary quite a lot and I don`t just mean when exercising either. Just to put it into context. I am 60, male 5`8 weigh 10 stone and pretty fit, have been all my life. My BP does vary quite a bit over the course of the day maybe as high as 140 /85 but can be as low as 110/80 or thereabouts after a ride. I would not say that I was unfit. When I went for a check recently they thought it was a bit high but I said that I`d continue to monitor it. My wife does have high BP and is on medication for it and her BP varies quite a bit too, but she is`nt a cyclist like me. You are right about the general chart not taking certain accounts in. What might me more important is the question of whether high BP or heart disease runs in a family. This could be passed on whether you were an athlete or not.
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  5. OP

    Milzy Veteran

    You also get white coat high blood pressure readings when out in public but normal readings when in the home.
    You should also be sat resting for 5 mins before the test.
    I bring this up because a lot of work colleagues had a test at work today. It was straight after break time up a flight of stairs in a busy noisey canteen. They were all loaded up on coffee & some recently would have smoked. All stood in a line on their feet anxiously waiting for their turn. Most people had very high readings & mine was only just in normal but going towards hypertension. I’m in the shape of my life. All I can say is the tests were all totally flawed giving the circumstances. Waste of time really.
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  6. Slick

    Slick Veteran

    Yeah, sounds like the total waste of time testing that we get from time to time that allow management to tick the health monitoring box.
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  7. OP

    Milzy Veteran

    The thing is a few have had a scare when it’s probably not as bad as they’ve made out. Then they’ll go home & worry which is just a snowball effect vicious circle.
  8. Slick

    Slick Veteran

    Some may get a proper check though.

    It was only a week or so ago it was reported thousands of people in danger who didn't know it.
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  9. OP

    Milzy Veteran

    I agree a few will do. I may even do soon. It doesn’t matter if you’re fitter than the Brownlee brothers physically, if you’re having too much caffeine, stress & worry often, you’re still at risk. Processed food is full of salt, I bet 3/4 of the U.K. are around Hypertension.
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  10. Bazzer

    Bazzer Setting the controls for the heart of the sun.

    I think there are many variables.
    Apart from probably a little too much alcohol, I never add salt to food. 1 mug of tea a day, perhaps two mugs of decaf coffee a week. And having lived with one or more vegetarians for almost 40 years, rarely eat any meat or any processed food. Ride about 6000 miles pa, have been physically active throughout my life and am slightly below my correct BMI.
    Having had a series of higher readings from different sources, it was a dive medical and radio 4 programme which prompted me to get my own BP monitor. A fortnight of two readings taken daily at different times of the day, but with 5 minute intervals between the readings, gave me weekly averages 146/96. Meds, which I shall probably be on for the rest of my life, have now brought down readings.
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  11. Slow But Determined

    Slow But Determined Nid Yw Cymru Ar Werth!

    Don't understand why this is moved to health but a thread about female genital soreness is left in general cycling.

    Not having a go at anyone, just trying to comprehend the criteria.
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  12. Pat "5mph"

    Pat "5mph" A kilogrammicaly challenged woman Moderator

    Mod Note:
    This thread was reported as been more suitable to the health section, so the Mods team agreed to move it.
    The other thread you are referring to seems to get lots of responses in general cycling, has not been reported as unsuitable there, so the mods team is leaving it where it is.
    Imo, female genital cycling soreness is not really a health issue, it's a widespread (general) cycling issue for women.
    Next time you feel a thread is in the wrong section, please report it to bring it to our attention, as our small mods team is not able to read all the threads and/or posts on CC.
    Thank you!
  13. OP

    Milzy Veteran

    Also the women was from a local gym not a qualified nurse. She also put the pad on right arms not the left which is closer to the heart.
  14. Slick

    Slick Veteran

    Absolutely zero value in the results then, but maybe some educational value.

    Apparently 5 million people suffer in the UK without knowing it.
  15. Salty seadog

    Salty seadog Space Cadet...(3rd Class...)

    Readings will vary a fair bit depending on time of day and activity etc.
    The body has a surge in the morning when you wake up, higher adrenalin production to get the body's systems up and running means higher blood pressure. This can last for several hours. Caffeine will increase the readings as will digestion of a meal.
    Take a reading after getting out of a hot bath though and it will be a lower reading.
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