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how can you increase your blood pressure?

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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Geriatrics 40 years experience
Fluids & salt: Blood pressures 90/60 or less may be normal for many people unless they develop it suddenly or recently. If the blood pressure was high or normal140/89 for no diabetics and 130/ 85 for diabetics and now is low could be secondary to dehydration, bleeding ( hidden bleed) or medications. Try fluid intake, increase sodium intake, elevate legs at the level of the heart for 30-45 min several times a day.
Dr. Mark Stern
Cardiology 46 years experience
Salt,see below: The fastest way is salt, caffeine, decongestants. Aging and gaining weight work but they are slower. But there is no need to do any of this unless you are symptomatic from hypotension with dizziness or fainting.
Dr. SCOTT SWOPE
Family Medicine 59 years experience
Diet and exercise: Diet and exercise are a good start a small amount of iodized salt on your food may help, be careful. See a dietetian.
Dr. Gerald Neuberg
Cardiology 38 years experience
Maybe normal?: For some people, esp skinny people, a low BP like 90 can be normal. So if you feel good and are not anorexic, and BP at least 90, there may be nothing you have to do. If you get lightheaded you should get checked out, get some basic bloodwork, stay hydrated and possibly keep a little extra salt in the diet.
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 30 years experience
Go see your doctor: 1st, go see your doctor to see if your blood pressure is really too low and needs to be raised. Then purchase a BP cuff so that you can monitor as you try to raise it. Finally, do something like drink plenty of fluids, especially if you're dehydrated - hypovolemia can cause low blood pressure. Lab work will also show if you're anemic or not. Finally, you doc can talk to you about salt & meds . . .

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