Why did my heart rate and BP permanently change? From weight loss?

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   Posted 10/18/2012 10:26 AM (GMT -6)   
My heart rate over the last year has gone up from 80 to high 90s.  At the same time my BP has gone down from 128/80 or so to 105/68.  This has been constant for half the year and had been very consistent for the years before.
In the last 3 years I have had multiple surgeries, several on intestines, one for paraesophageal hernia, causing me to lose weight, but only 15 lbs. My weight is holding steady at BMI 22.  I now have a colostomy.
I saw my cardiologist a few days ago and he didn't seem concerned.  He only said I was the "poster child" for cholesterol control, where I used to have consistently bad numbers.
I have changed my diet to mainly vegetables, no bread, mainly because I don't tolerate beef and pork and am tired of chicken.  Fish is OK if I don't have to cook it.  I don't tolerate soy and am not supposed to eat nuts.  I eat more salt than I used to but still not much.
Is weight loss a possible cause of this change?

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   Posted 10/19/2012 11:27 AM (GMT -6)   
I was told years back that just losing ten pounds can lower your blood pressure. I am happy for you. Mine was high but I went on diazide and it helped me. The last time I went to the doctor it was high again. But I had to wait an hour to get in. So I think that is why it was up.

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   Posted 10/19/2012 2:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Alcie, in my case my blood pressure and heart rate lowered when I lost weight, but I was also doing some sort of exercise everyday (bike and walking and some weights). I don't know if my weight loss alone would have lowered those numbers or if it was the exercise alone or a combination of the two. And I've noticed that even though I've cut back on some of the regular exercise, my BP and heart rate are still lower than they were before.

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   Posted 10/20/2012 11:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the replies. My delimma is that although my BP fell, my heart rate rose significantly after the weight loss.

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   Posted 10/30/2012 2:13 AM (GMT -6)   
The simple answer is yes to your heart rate. I too used to have one in the 80-90 range when I used to weigh between 265-270. I went to the gym and started running on the treadmill and lifting weights. I dropped about 40lbs and now m resting heart rate is anywhere from 50-60. I have had a full cardio work-up that have all come back normal. I would say you have nothing to worry about. Then again I am not a doctor nor have I played one on TV. wink Just giving you my own personal experience.

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   Posted 10/30/2012 5:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Remember I am not a Dr. but I am wondering if you look at a low sodium diet and than compare what your average sodium intake is daily and you may find part of your answer. Sodium plays a crucial role in the regulation of your cardiovascular system.  Sodium's effect on your heart makes it work harder and exercise or other exertion following a sodium load furthere adds to the stress on the heart.
Most healthy adults should eat no more than 2,300mg of sodium a day according to MayoClinic.com. A diet high in sodium can increase your blood pressure.  You may want to talk with your Dr. about this issue if it continues to be a concern even if he was not to worried about it at the moment. 
@ TC1973 - OP's concern was her heartrate increased  80 to high 90s after her 15 lb weight loss. :-)
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   Posted 10/30/2012 9:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Kitt. I've been on low sodium for many years.

My BP is low and heart rate high. That could possibly be low sodium, but my labs are fine except for mild anemia.

I've had a problem with inflammation - intestines, possibly causing mesenteric cysts, also post-op shoulder, but I don't know of any connection there either.

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   Posted 11/7/2012 5:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Whoops...Sorry about that!! Read this thread late at night at work.....as I am now.
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