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is there a cure for low blood pressure?

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Dr. MANOHAR CHENCHUGALLA
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Yes: For most of the reasons, there are treatments available both inside the hospital, as well as an outpatient depending on the cause.
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
Blood pressure : If there are no symptoms then no treatment is needed. When there are symptoms we use diet, support hose and some medications to increase blood volume and or vascular resistance.
Dr. Clarence Grim
Endocrinology 57 years experience
Cure for low BP: Yes for some causes. So the first problem is to find the cause. Then treat it. But need many more details. I am available for a second opinion consult.
Dr. Clarence Grim
Endocrinology 57 years experience
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Please note the illustration here shows several errors that commonly lead to erroneous BP readings. 1. The diaphragm is used instead of the bell. 2. the stethoscope head is placed under the edge of the cuff. 3. the placement of the stethoscope head most likely is not over the cranial pulse. Almost always more toward the inside or the arm. We must choose correct illustrate to best inform patients.
Dec 6, 2016
Dr. Vasudha Kaushik
Family Medicine 16 years experience
Yes, healthy food: If you do not have any light headedness, racing heart beat, weakness, then no need to treat low BP. If you do have any symptoms, then please follow up with your PCP.
Dr. Clarence Grim
Endocrinology 57 years experience
Dr. Kaushik's advice about healthy food for high blood pressure is not supported by as much science as the DASH Diet eating plan which stresses grains, low fat milk, low sodium and high potassium intake. No other dietary intervention for normal or high blood pressure has been so well studied as the DASH diet. Which is recommended as first step in BP treatment.
Dec 6, 2016
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
How do you FEEL?: Medicine shouldn't be about treating numbers. If your blood pressure is sufficient to perfuse you body and it's lowish, then you're fine. If you can keep up with peers in your favorite aerobic sport, you need to stop worrying and be thankful for good health. Ignore anything anyone else may tell you about food choices, etc., etc. If you feel okay, and can perform, you're fine.
Dr. Diana Metzger
Cardiology 30 years experience
Depends on history: Blood pressure is only too low if associated with symptoms. A low blood number alone does not require any treatment. Some low blood pressures are related to other medications and dosage adjustments may be a solution. Other times additional medications that cause salt retention, blood vessel constriction, or prevention of some reflexes can be beneficial.
Dr. Payam Mehranpour
Cardiology 23 years experience
No "cure": Typically when we talk about curing a disease, we think about treatment that results in eliminating the disease. For most people who have essential high blood pressure, there is no "cure", i.e. They have to take medications for a long time, possibly for the rest of their lives. In some, weight loss and dietary restrictions may control bp. There are also invasive procedures that may help in others.
Dr. John Rhoades
Family Medicine 48 years experience
Variable: Depends on how low the BP is and what if any are the symptoms. Best to get this answer after an exam from your DR.

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