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Old 06-28-04, 07:47 AM   #1
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Athlete's blood pressure

I've been checking my bp on a machine at work. Today it checked at 117/74. The machine says 120/80 is normal, so I guess I'm in the normal range. Far better than the readings I was getting a few months ago.
Anybody know what a really athletic person's blood pressure checks at? Should I be looking for an ideal # as my firness improves?
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I don't know if I call myself an athlete, but before I started working out seriously five years ago, my bp was 140/110. My doctor was going to put me on medication if I didn't get it down. With cross-training focusing mostly on cardio, my bp now is around 120/85 (w/o meds). It's not as low as I want it, but it's a lot better than it used to be.
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Because the body continually regulates blood pressure, a well fit individual should have blood pressure in the normal range. The problem seems to come when a person is unfit. Being out of shape hinders the body's ability to lower blood pressure into the normal range. Note however, that even a well fit individual can have problems with high blood pressure.
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Well me and Boomer are in the normal range, and like Boomer, I don't really consider myself an "athlete". I'm just wondering what someone like Lance Armstrong's or Oscar De La Hoya's bp checks at. Would it be in the normal 120/80 range, or something lower?
I'm also having success without taking meds. Just working out and watching my diet. I have given up coffee and started taking fish oil capsules.
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There are many factors regulating blood pressure besides fitness (although that is very important). Race and heredity (genes) come most to mind. Certain illnesses, liver functioning, certain drugs, diet, caffeine use, disease and a whole lot of other things.

So, it is likely there is not a "typical" BP reading for an athlete.
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