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Features June 2014 Issue

Just Because the Heart Rate Has Decreased Doesn’t Mean the Blood Pressure Has

In the study of blood pressure measurements in greyhounds, while their blood pressure did not decrease with repeated hospital visits, their heart rates did. It’s an important point. Many people assume that a decreased heart rate automatically goes hand in hand with a decrease in blood pressure and vice versa. But just because the heart rate slows once the feeling of stress dissipates doesn’t mean the blood vessel walls respond with the same alacrity. Blood…

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