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A 41-year-old member asked:

How are ones pulse-rate/heart-beat and blood pressure connected?

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Dr. Howard Cohen
Cardiac Electrophysiology 62 years experience
Sympathetic nerves: The body has two automatic nervous systems, the sympathetic and the parasympathetic. The sympathetic responds to fight, flight or fright, or just plain exercise by increasing blood pressure, pulse rate, and strength of contraction of heart muscle. The parasympathetic does the opposite, especially during rest, sleep, or eating.
Last updated Jun 20, 2015

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