I need a little assistance please!

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07/04/2014 at 14:30

What would a low blood pressure and high heart rate possibly indicate?

cougie    pirate
07/04/2014 at 14:32
A trip to the doctors ?

Who said you have these things ?
Nurse Ratched    pirate
07/04/2014 at 14:34

Just what I was wondering Cougie.

Who checked your pulse & BP, why were they doing it and what did they say about them at the time?

07/04/2014 at 14:42

The two things aren't necessarily linked are they? You can have naturally occurring low blood pressure but a high heart rate through something like anxiety. 

Ask your GP.

07/04/2014 at 14:50

I have very low blood pressure and a racing heart. It's stress.

07/04/2014 at 14:50

Right.   I don't have these things Wilkie does and my equipment and the hospitals concur.  Doctor says both are within the normal range which they are but in combination for example 97 over 65 with a pulse of 95 seems a bit off to me.

07/04/2014 at 14:51

(I didn't mean to post that. I'm not a health professional.)

07/04/2014 at 15:10

Where's Hippo when you need her?

07/04/2014 at 15:31

A 95 resting heart rate isn't normal, especially for someone who runs.  If your doctor says is suggesting it's ok, get a second opinion.

07/04/2014 at 16:04

Given that three weeks ago normal would have been in the 60's I don't think so either.  Up to 100 surprisingly, is not as abnormal as you may think but to my mind a low pressure combined with a high heart rate suggests a problem to me.  I'm wondering if  possibly a hole in the heart or leaking valve might be indicated by low pressure and high heart rate  either of which could lead to a clot and a stroke which is what has happened in this case.

cougie    pirate
07/04/2014 at 16:49
Woah - this is Wilkie that's had the stroke ? Sheesh - I'm sorry to hear that.

Clearly if HR is usually 60 and now its 90 - then that's wrong.

Hope they work it out quickly for you !
07/04/2014 at 17:38

It is Cougie.  She is OK she walked almost a mile yesterday and her speech is not affected but they have not found a cause for the clot.  The area of damage is big according to the initial MRI scan taken within 48hrs but the loss of function is surprisingly low for the amount of damage which they can't explain, apparently she shouldn't be able to sit up.  She's had another MRI with dye today but the report hasn't come back yet.  I've asked about the blood pressure and hr and it's been dismissed as within the normal range, but it's not for her and I've pointed this out.  They don't seem to be interested as it's not a problem in itself.  Initially in the first few days the BP was higher in the 120/130's still with a high hr and that made more sense.

07/04/2014 at 17:54

Normally a high heart rate is an indication that something is wrong. The thing is, that something can be anything. In itself it doesn't mean that there is anything wrong with your heart. 

If the Drs. are making investigations then they are looking for what is wrong. 

07/04/2014 at 18:15

Kittenkat she walked down the corridor in the hospital on Friday saying "before I leave here I'm going to get a marker and correct all these notices"  I swear she said that.

Despite all the damage done it seems to have completely missed the area controlling pedantry.

07/04/2014 at 18:19

I just got a text from her that says "I will be home tomorrow!  Whatever they say "

I don't do FB if someone could get Hippo to PM me that would be good.


07/04/2014 at 18:46

Just thinking... if Wilkie's heart rate is normally ~60bpm, then 90bpm is certainly elevated but within 'normal' range.

But what's her blood pressure normally like? In the immediate post-injury state you say it was in the 120/130s, so with recovery it's fallen. 97/65 isn't hypotensive, and for someone who is generally fit then it seems perfectly reasonable rather than low. 

Obviously both are related, but the heart rate seems to be more anomalous than the blood pressure... And that can be brought on by stress/anxiety which I should think is to be expected given the circumstances! 

Just my thoughts

Lots of well wishes, by the way! Hopefully correctly punctuated...

07/04/2014 at 19:00

Agree with all of that UB although even under stress I would have thought there would have been a range between waking and peak activity but maybe not.

07/04/2014 at 19:05

Is the heart rate fairly consistent then? Not much variation with activity/rest?

Something else to consider would be hydration - low volume (dehydration) will result in low bp and elevated heart rate. 

I'm assuming (hoping!) they've done ECGs?

Trogs    pirate
07/04/2014 at 19:06

Could it be that the medics are disregarding Wilkie's level of fitness and therefore dismissing the high resting HR because it falls within the 'normal' range for the general population?

Best wishes to Wilkie.

07/04/2014 at 19:14

Sorry can't help on the medical side but I wish her a speedy recovery!

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