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what is normal blood pressure for female aged 85 in good health?

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Dr. Ibrahim Moussa
Cardiology 18 years experience
It varies: Blood pressure goals vary from one patient to the other depending whether they have heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, etc. recent recommendation for the treatment of hypertension have been more lenient. For patient over the age of 60 without other medical problems, blood pressure medication is initiated once the BP is over 150/90. anything below is acceptable as long as it is not too low

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Can low blood sugar cause someone to become comatose?

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Is it possible for one to fake a high fasting blood sugar level?

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What are the best over-the-counter fertility drugs for females?

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A 55-year-old female asked:

Can l-arginine lower blood pressure & if so what is recommended dosage?

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
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Possibly beneficial: In some people. Arginine is converted to nitric oxide, which has a relaxing effect on blood vessels & can thus reduce blood pressure somewhat. No standardized dose has been recommended. Be advised that arginine can also trigger or worsen viral infections like herpes. Discuss this supplement with your doc before taking it.

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