Join Our 100 Year Heart Club
Searching for products?

What’s The Connection Between High Heart Rate and Blood Pressure?

  This post may contain affiliate links
Heart Rate and Blood Pressure

Every time you roll up your sleeve for a blood pressure check or feel the pulse at your wrist, you’re tapping into two of the most crucial indicators of your cardiovascular health: heart rate and blood pressure. 

Individually, each offers a snapshot of wellness. But combine them? You get a vivid, comprehensive image of the intricate equilibrium your body tirelessly upholds, ensuring every cell quenches its thirst for oxygen-rich blood.

Disruptions in this equilibrium might be a whisper from our body, urging us to pay attention. As we dive into the relationship between these two vital signs, we’ll shed light on the body’s natural balancing act and explore simple, everyday strategies to keep things in harmony.

What is Heart Rate?

When you lace up your sneakers for a morning jog or find a moment of stillness in a meditation session, your heart communicates its pace through its beat. This rhythm, termed heart rate, indicates how often your heart contracts and relaxes to circulate blood throughout your body every minute. 

For the average Joe or Jane, a quiet moment might register anywhere from 60 to 100 beats per minute. However, if you’ve ever admired the stamina of marathon runners or dedicated swimmers, it’s worth noting that their ticker often beats slower, thanks to an incredibly conditioned cardiovascular system. A heart that consistently beats slower than 60 beats per minute is deemed bradycardic. Conversely, one that races more than 100 beats per minute is tachycardia. 

What is Blood Pressure?

Imagine turning on a garden hose: the water’s force against the hose’s sides? That’s a lot like your blood’s relationship with your arteries. Blood pressure gauges this force as your heart pushes blood through your body’s vast arterial network. 

For those of us who aren’t cardiology experts, we recognize blood pressure as two numbers, with the larger, systolic pressure, capturing the heart’s push, and the smaller, diastolic pressure, noting the quiet moments between beats. Perhaps you’ve been told that your blood pressure is 120/80. If so, give yourself a pat on the back. You’ve just hit the ‘gold standard’ for blood pressure. 

What is the Connection Between Heart Rate and Blood Pressure?

Navigating cardiovascular health means understanding the relationship between heart rate and blood pressure. These two aren’t isolated metrics; they constantly interact in a dynamic feedback loop. 

When your heart rate climbs, it’s like a diligent worker putting in overtime, sending more blood surging through your arteries. This could lead to a potential uptick in blood pressure. But remember, our bodies are wonderfully adaptive systems. Blood vessels have their say by adjusting their width, affecting the flow and pressure of blood. 

One intriguing phenomenon highlighting this relationship is orthostatic hypotension. Have you ever stood up too quickly and felt dizzy? This rapid change in position can cause a temporary drop in blood pressure. Always aiming for balance, the body may respond by increasing the heart rate, trying to normalize blood pressure, and ensuring the brain gets its vital oxygen supply. This dance between heart rate and blood pressure in situations like these exemplifies just how interconnected and responsive these systems are to changes in our environment and bodily state.

How Does a High Heart Rate Impact Blood Pressure?

Monitoring an elevated heart rate isn’t just about numbers on a screen. Over time, a high heart rate can significantly impact your health. 

A heart constantly pushing its limits is like a car always on the accelerator, never getting a moment’s idle. Over extended periods, this can lead to wear and tear on the heart muscle, particularly thickening in the left chamber. This, in turn, makes it less efficient at its most essential function: moving blood throughout your body. A direct consequence? Often, it’s elevated blood pressure.

However, it’s worth noting that our bodies can sometimes throw curveballs. In certain scenarios, a swift heart rate might not boost blood pressure but rather lower it. For example, when the heart beats too quickly, it may not fill with blood as effectively between beats. This reduced volume can decrease blood pressure, a reaction that underscores the complex interplay between these two vital signs.

Much like how demanding workouts are offset by periods of rest, the occasional upticks in heart rate—often seen during exercise—have their place when managed within a well-maintained system. Ultimately, it boils down to recognizing and sustaining the equilibrium that aligns with your body’s optimal health.

Next Steps

If concerns about your heart rate or blood pressure are casting a shadow over your well-being, know that guidance is at hand. Consider reaching out for a free 20-minute consultation with an NHD health coach, who can provide insights tailored to your unique health landscape. 

Remember, our bodies are intricate systems, constantly striving toward equilibrium and wellness. Trusting in its natural resilience can be your compass to your 100 year heart. 


You may also enjoy these posts...

Health Coaches at Natural Heart Doctor

Why You Need a Health Coach

In the quest for better health, many people turn to various professionals—from doctors to personal trainers—but there’s one role that’s gaining recognition for its holistic

Read More »

About Dr. Keith Smigiel NP, DC

Dr. Keith Smigiel

Dr. Keith Smigiel is a regenerative medicine physician and pain management specialist. He takes an integrative approach to medicine, focusing on customized solutions tailored to individual needs. Using advanced, non-surgical treatments, Dr. Smigiel stimulates your body’s ability to naturally heal itself.

Dr. Smigiel helps people suffering from conditions such as chronic pain and erectile dysfunction, to hair loss and weight gain. Combining treatments such as PRP Therapy, Ozone, Neural Prolotherapy, and IV Infusions with functional rehabilitation, he helps you look and feel better.

He heals the body, instead of just treating the symptoms!

With his professional qualifications as a certified family nurse practitioner, a doctor of chiropractic, and a fellow of the International Academy of Medical Acupuncture, Dr. Smigiel offers patients comprehensive care from a broad perspective of conventional and alternative medicine. He also has extensive experience in functional rehabilitation and chronic pain management.

Dr. Smigiel is married to Angela and has two children, Sophia and Larz. When he’s not busy helping patients, he enjoys hiking, mountain biking, motocross, and boating.

About Dr. James Kneller, M.D., Ph.D., FHRS

Dr. James Kneller, M.D., Ph.D., FHRS

Dr. James Kneller is one of the nation’s leading heart rhythm specialists. Dr. Kneller is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) in Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology, Cardiovascular Disease, and Internal Medicine.

As a Fellow of the Heart Rhythm Society (FHRS) and Certified Cardiac Device Specialist (CCDS), Kneller provides comprehensive patient care, combining best medical practice with invasive procedures using state-of-the-art technologies to treat heart rhythm disorders.

Beyond guideline-directed therapies, Kneller is passionate about optimized personal health. With a deep interest in complimentary alternative medicine (CAM), he strives to reduce the need for pharmaceuticals, invasive procedures, and exposure to harmful radiation. With Natural Heart Doctor, he strives to help each and every client to Live Well, Eat Well, and Think Well to attain their 100-year heart!

About Dr. Lauren Lattanza NMD, FACC

Dr. Lattanza Office Visit with Patient

As a Naturopathic Physician, I am trained to treat the whole person and get to the root cause of disease.

I went to Arizona State University where I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a depth in physiology and minor in Spanish. After my undergraduate degree I was working on prerequisite classes towards medical school, which is when I came to learn that my values identified best with the principles of naturopathic medicine. I knew that I wanted to help patients identify the causes of disease and be able to offer treatments which would improve their health rather than simply treating symptoms.

I dedicated the next 4 years to the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona where I attained my Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine. I served as Class President all 4 years, Board of Trustees – Student Trustee, spoke as the Club President for our branch of Toastmasters, and was voted by my peers and attending physicians to earn the Outstanding Leadership Award for the Class of 2020. Throughout medical school I took it upon myself to work alongside MDs, DOs, chiropractors, and functional medicine practitioners in addition to naturopathic physicians.

As a Spanish speaking student, I was able to volunteer with community clinics around Phoenix and provide free healthcare to low-income families. Due to this combined exposure, I came to find my passion in treating cardiometabolic and digestive disorders that are all too common, yet largely preventable. I took the opportunity to learn the broad spectrum of healthcare so I can ensure that I am able to provide my patients with the best options.

About Dr. Jack Wolfson DO, FACC

Dr. Wolfson Office Visit with Patient

Dr. Jack Wolfson is a board-certified cardiologist, Amazon best-selling author, husband, father, and the nation’s #1 Natural Heart Doctor.

For more than two decades, more than one million people have enjoyed the warmth, compassion, and transformational power of his natural heart health courses and events.

Dr. Wolfson is the founder of Natural Heart Doctor Scottsdale, his heart health practice in Arizona, and Natural Heart Doctor, an online resource center with natural health information. Doctors from across the globe reach out to Dr. Wolfson for training and education in holistic health practices.

He has been named one of America’s Top Functional Medicine Doctors and is a five-time winner of the Natural Choice Awards as a holistic M.D. Dr. Wolfson’s work has been covered by more than 100 media outlets, including NBC, CNN, and the Washington Post. His book “The Paleo Cardiologist: The Natural Way to Heart Health” was an Amazon #1 best-seller.

Dr. Wolfson and his wife Heather have four children and are committed to making the world a better place to live. They provide for those in need (including animals) and support natural health causes through their philanthropic efforts.


Our chiropractor is an expert at adjustments and holistic chiropractic care and works closely in conjunction with the other health care experts at Natural Heart Doctor.

Call (480) 535-6844 for details and scheduling.

IV Therapy

We use specially formulated natural vitamins and minerals that are injected into a vein to prevent or treat dehydration. Ideal for people in Arizona.

Call (480) 535-6844 for details and scheduling.


Stimulate your body’s natural healing abilities and promote physical and emotional well-being with acupuncture at Natural Heart Doctor.

Call (480) 535-6844 for details and scheduling.

Health Coaching

Our health coaches use evidence based skillful conversation, clinical interventions, and strategies to engage you actively and safely in health behavior changes.

Call (480) 535-6844 for details and scheduling.

Cardio Tests

We use the most advanced testing in the world to assess heart health and to identify the root cause of your health issues.

Call (480) 535-6844 for details and scheduling.

Office Visits

Schedule an office visit with one of our cardiologists, holistic physicians, chiropractor, or health coaches.

Call (480) 535-6844 for details and scheduling.

Frequently Asked Questions

I’d like to receive an online second opinion from Natural Heart Doctor. What do I do next?

You can initiate a second opinion online through our website at any time. To begin, select the team member you’d like to speak with and open an account.

Click here for cardiologist Dr. Jack Wolfson.

Naturopathic Medical Doctor Dr. Lauren Lattanza. Get details.

Naturopathic Medical Doctor Dr. Tonia Rainier. Get details.

Click here for  Natural Heart Doctor Health Coach.

Alternatively, you can email A member of our care team will help guide you through the process of starting a second opinion.

What is the cost of a Natural Heart Doctor Online Second Opinion?

The cost for most second opinions varies by team member. This fee includes information collection, a phone or video consultation, a second opinion from a Natural Heart Doctor specialist and guidance throughout the process from your personal Care Team at Natural Heart Doctor.

Cardiologist Dr. Jack Wolfson’s Second Opinion Fee is $1500.

Holistic Physician’s Dr. Lauren Lattanza’s Second Opinion Fee is $250.

Naturopathic Physician Dr. Tonia Rainier’s Second Opinion Fee is $250.

Note: We apply the Online Second Opinion Call fee as a credit to any future consultations with Natural Heart Doctor, should you choose them.

Will my insurance cover the cost of a Natural Heart Doctor Online Second Opinion?

Most likely, no. Most health plans do not cover online second opinions or consultations. You are responsible for the cost of our second opinion. Natural Heart Doctor cannot file a claim with your insurance carrier, nor can we provide a procedure (CPT) code for this service.

What is the timeline to receive an online second opinion?

We do our best to schedule your second opinion as quickly as possible. Typically, it takes 5 to 7 business days after your information has been collected to receive your phone or video online second opinion.

What information do you need in advance of our call?

Our office will send you a short questionnaire to complete and return. We DO NOT need your complete medical records.

How many questions can I ask the expert during our call?

You may ask a maximum of five questions. This is to ensure that the expert has sufficient time to devote to each question. All questions must be finalized before your online meeting.

What should I expect to receive once my second opinion is complete?

You will receive a summary of our discussion along with our second opinion. The second opinion will be in written form. After you have reviewed the second opinion, a Natural Heart Doctor clinician will follow up with you by phone to address general medical questions about the information provided in the second opinion.

What if I have follow-up questions for the expert after I have reviewed my second opinion?

If you have a clarifying question about an expert’s response to one of the questions in your second opinion, and the Natural Heart Doctor clinician is unable to address it, then you may request a follow up session for an additional fee. 

Is my medical and payment information secure?

Natural Heart Doctor is strongly committed to protecting the privacy and security of all our patients. Our website meets all federal requirements for protecting personal health information under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). All financial transactions are processed by Natural Heart Doctor securely using industry standard payment processing tools.

I would rather visit Natural Heart Doctor for an in-person appointment. What should I do next?

If you would prefer an in-person appointment at Natural Heart Doctor instead of an online second opinion, please call (480) 535-6844 for details and scheduling.

Can I schedule a follow up appointment with the specialist who provided my online second opinion?

Yes, we’re happy to help you on an extended basis. Our clinician can discuss options with you when presenting our second opinion summary.