U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 43-year-old member asked:

Please help! what happens when your blood pressure is too high or too low?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 30 years experience
For how long?: For the most part, high blood pressure for a short time, days to months won't make too much of an effect, which is why it's referred to as the silent killer. Of course, if it's too high for a longer period of time, you can end up w/stroke, heart failure, kidney failure, etc. Blood pressure that's too low can make you feel weak, woozy, lightheaded, dizzy & possibly even faint. Think like Goldilocks

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

Similar questions

A 50-year-old member asked:

Please help! what happens when your blood pressure is too high?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 30 years experience
Short term vs long: High blood pressure is usually silent in the short-term. That's why it's so difficult to treat b/c the best you'll notice from your BP lowering meds is no side effects. It's not like pain meds or antibiotics after which you'll notice an immediate difference. However, if you ignore high BP in the long run, you increase your risk for death, stroke, heart failure, kidney failure, etc.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Please help! when is blood pressure considered low?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Venkata Chilakapati
Cardiology 23 years experience
Low BP: When it is less than 90/60 mm hg, usually we consider it as low bp.
A 42-year-old member asked:

What occurs to your blood pressure if your blood has high viscosity and low viscosity?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Tonga Nfor
Cardiology 16 years experience
Could go either way: High blood viscosity is usually associated with increased blood pressure.
A 44-year-old female asked:

What's the symptoms of blood pressure to high or to low?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 20 years experience
Depends on degree: Mild or moderate changes in blood pressure will usually not produce any symptoms. However, more significant (or sudden) changes in BP may produce symptoms. Low BP may produce dizziness, weakness or malaise, sometimes with blurry or spotty vision, shakiness or even nausea. Conversely, high BP may produce headache or pulsatilla pressure, sometimes with blurry vision or nausea.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Can you please help to make my blood pressure higher?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Elden Rand
Cardiology 21 years experience
Variable methods: Low blood pressure is generally desirable, but if there is lightheadedness with position change or other symptoms of low blood pressure, need to ensure no underlying problems- low thyroid, or low cortisol, or slow heart rate. Need to ensure good hydration status, consider liberalizing salt intake. Compression stockings can be quite helpful. Some medications may include midodrine or florinef (fludrocortisone).

Related questions

A 21-year-old female asked:
1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
A 39-year-old female asked:
1 doctor answer5 doctors weighed in
A 25-year-old female asked:
1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
A 58-year-old male asked:
1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership
Last updated Jun 30, 2014

People also asked

Related topics

Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.