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Doctor insights on: Blood Pressure Danger Levels

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Dr. Lonnie Smith
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Blood Pressure (Definition)

Blood pressure is a measurement of the force placed on the blood vessels and is comprised of the "systolic" pressure (the top number on a blood pressure meter) which is the peak pressure when the heart is pumping, and the "diastolic" pressure (the bottom number on a blood pressure meter) which is the pressure during the resting phase ...Read more


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What are dangerous levels for blood pressure?

What are dangerous levels for blood pressure?

Shock: High blood pressure causes problem by causing a little damage to your vessels each time your heart beats. It is this chronic damage that results in heart attacks strokes and kidney problems. Looking at what is a dangerous level is all about drama. A dangerous level is 85/50. It means you are in shock. ...Read more

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My blood pressure has not been normal lately but I love walking am I in danger of hurting my self even more by walking?

My blood pressure has not been normal lately but I love walking am I in danger of hurting my self even more by walking?

Probably Not: Most people's blood pressure will go up slightly during exercise. However, people who exercise regularly tend to lower their overall blood pressure. If untreated, however, high blood pressure becomes a significant risk factor for heart disease, kidney disease, and stroke. I would recommend regular f/u with your physician to ensure appropriate treatment, but also would keep exercising. ...Read more

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What are the dangers of low blood pressure?

How low?: It's normal for healthy 30 year olds to have "low bp" and this is actually a sign of above average health. For instance, 80/60 if you're feeling fine and otherwise healthy would be very good. But if your normal BP is 140/80, you become ill, and your BP drops to 80/60, it's quite serious! so, it's relative. There are limits: i've never seen a healthy adult with a BP of <80 systolic (top number). ...Read more

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Took dayquil with high blood pressure medicine- danger?

Took dayquil with high blood pressure medicine- danger?

Not a problem: I obviously don't know what your high blood pressure medicine is but detromethorphan, the active ingredient, really doesn't interact with HTN meds. The labeling may warn you to check with your doctor (who could disagree?) but you're in no danger. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the dangers of having low blood pressure?

I was wondering what are the dangers of having low blood pressure?

Blood pressure: Normal blood pressure is 100 to 120 over 80 to 90 mm of mercury, low blood pressure is anything below that range. Low blood pressure can be 'normal' for some people and abnormal for others. ...Read more

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Have health anxiety, blood pressure around 135/95 sometimes slightly higher. Am i in immediate danger? Cant see a doctor. Exercise? Type?

Have health anxiety, blood pressure around 135/95 sometimes slightly higher. Am i in immediate danger? Cant see a doctor. Exercise? Type?

Not immediate danger: Being 25 and no other health issue, BP of 135/95 is somewhat high but not immediately concerning at this time. Regular aerobic exercise can lower BP as well as losing wt. 10lbs of wt loss can reduce about 3-5 BP point. Google up the dash diet, and start exercise regularly and I am sure your BP will improve. If persistent, consult doc. Either way, see doc regularly. Good luck. ...Read more

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What can I do if my mom has very low blood pressure, is she in danger?

What can I do if my mom has very low blood pressure, is she in danger?

It depends on other: Related conditions or symptoms. If she has other symptoms like dizziness, chest pain, fatigue, shortness of breath, etc, bring her to quick care or er for a thorough evaluation. She needs to follow up with her dr. If she is taking blood pressure meds, she may need to hold off or cut down on the dose. Discuss these things with her dr. ...Read more