22. The two numbers together measure how efficiently your heart is working.
Your heart rate, or pulse, is an essential indicator of how efficiently your heart is working. A pulse below 70 usually indicates that your heart is getting enough blood out with each pump that it does not need to work too hard. Anything above 80 is a warning sign that your heart is not getting blood out as well as it should. It might be because there is a blockage that needs to be removed. Nevertheless, heart rate alone is not enough to tell how efficient your heart is.
Blood pressure tells how hard your heart has to work each time it pumps, so a blood pressure reading and a pulse are necessary heart health measures. If your heart can relax and contract without too much force, it will work efficiently to pump blood throughout your body. That efficiency will come out as a blood pressure reading that is in an ideal range.