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Dr. Jerome Zacks
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Hypotension (Definition)

Hypotension is defined as "low blood pressure". Blood pressure is measured as two numbers and expressed as systolic blood pressure (sbp) / diastolic blood pressure (dbp). The sbp is the pressure that is generated when the heart squeezes. Dbp occurs when the heart relaxes. 120/70 is considered normal in adults. Less than 100/60 (of either number) can ...Read more


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Have stable lupus but now struggling with low blood pressures, lightheadedness, and polyuria nocturia. Could these 2 be related?

Have stable lupus but now struggling with low blood pressures, lightheadedness, and polyuria nocturia. Could these 2 be related?

Lupus affects kidney: Lupus is an auto-immune disease that may have effects on almost all the body systems. It is well-known to affect the kidneys, which could then lead to changes in blood pressure (which would cause the dizziness), and the changes in urination. Even if your previous lupus symptoms have been stable, it's best to go get checked out. Don't wait, because of the dizziness and low BP. ...Read more

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Have lupus & POTS. Having low blood pressures, lightheaded, nightsweats, extreme nigttime polyuria. MD ordered 24 hr urine sodium collection. Why?

Have lupus & POTS. Having low blood pressures, lightheaded, nightsweats, extreme nigttime polyuria. MD ordered 24 hr urine sodium collection. Why?

To differentiate: In prerenal failure like from dehydration sodium will be too low in the urine.In true renal failure like that can happen in Lupus you will not be able to conserve the sodium and will leak. So by this test doctors can learn a lot ...Read more

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Have lupus & POTS. Having low blood pressures, lightheaded, nightsweats, extreme nigttime polyuria. MD ordered 24 hr urine sodium collection. Why?

Have lupus & POTS. Having low blood pressures, lightheaded, nightsweats, extreme nigttime polyuria. MD ordered 24 hr urine sodium collection. Why?

POTS and sodium: Excreting less than 124 mmol per 24 hours of sodium in the urine predicts if you will respond favorably to salt supplementation. One also is advised to increase fluid intake to prevent the BP from dropping and the heart rate from rising (typically above 120 b/m) upon standing. If sodium is excreted in larger amounts chances are other therapies will be needed (B blockers, fludrocortisone etc) ...Read more

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How is low blood pressure with occasional lightheadedness treated?

How is low blood pressure with occasional lightheadedness treated?

Sometimes simple: An normal, healthy person who gets light-headed when getting up from lying or sitting, or who feels faint sometimes, especially on hot days, may have a problem of not enough blood returning to his head fast enough. The blood pressure may be normal or a bit low. After a doctor's exam to rule out medical problems, a person can try taking 3 ounces of extra water each hour, plus a bit of salty snacks. ...Read more

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Extremely lightheadedness & low blood pressure. TSH was 0.89 & free t4 1.9. What can be causing this?

Extremely lightheadedness & low blood pressure. TSH was 0.89 & free t4 1.9. What can be causing this?

Blood pressure etc.: Surely your doctor must have examined you thoroughly.
What was the blood pressure?
Why were thyroid labs measured?
What did the doctor say about light headedness?

If you are not satisfied with the way your doctor is taking care of you ask you friends to recommend a different doctor and take all your previous history with you. Your current doctor MUST give it with you! ...Read more

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Hi, I'm 13 weeks expecting twins, suffering with low blood pressure, going dizzy and feeling faint. Is there anything that can help?

Hi, I'm 13 weeks expecting twins, suffering with low blood pressure, going dizzy and feeling faint. Is there anything that can help?

Hydration: You should try to take in a lot of fluids, it could also be related to low blood sugar, and eating should help. You should see your doctor to make sure that there is no other cause for these problems. ...Read more

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What to do if I'm feeling very light headed regularly, and it is usually this low. I also have depression could low blood pressure be the cause?

What to do if I'm feeling very light headed regularly, and it is usually this low. I also have depression could low blood pressure be the cause?

Possibly: You didn't mention if your current blood pressure is lower than your norm or specifically how low it becomes. Medical evaluation can help to determine the cause of your symptoms. Take care. ...Read more

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Low blood pressure usually 90-80/60, feeling lightheaded all the time. What to do to make it normal?

Low blood pressure usually 90-80/60, feeling lightheaded all the time. What to do to make it normal?

Low BP: You should be evaluated by a physician preferably a pediatric cardiologist. Increasing intake of fluid and salt e.g. Pedialyte and other electrolyte packs often helps. There are also medications that may be used to help with your BP such as fluodrocortisone ...Read more

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Hello Dr. I've a blood pressure of 102/68 and I feel dizzy even when seated down. I feel lightheaded as well, is this low blood pressure?

Hello Dr. I've a blood pressure of 102/68 and I feel dizzy even when seated down. I feel lightheaded as well, is this low blood pressure?

Dysautonomia - MVP: Possible dysautonomia / mitral valve prolapse syndrome - neither are usually life threatening but may cause anxiety about symptoms. See doctor to be checked and to consider ultra low dose beta-blocker drugs. Read Dr. Richard Hoffman's book on MVP on Amazon. Com. Increase fluid intake, add slow release magnesium & Cardiamins (Google and use code CMC for special discount). ...Read more

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I get light headed when I stand up sometimes. A few times my vision dimmed and I heard a buzzing sound. Is this low blood pressure?

I get light headed when I stand up sometimes. A few times my vision dimmed and I heard a buzzing sound. Is this low blood pressure?

Low BP: Is simply determined by taking the bp. The problem could be orthostatic problem from poor hydration or even autonomic dysfunction. Your symptoms do indeed correlate with a drop in BP as many of our patients have done so and it correlates. But the real diagnosis has to be searched. Go to your doctor and be examined well. Only then can you be treated well also. Good luck. ...Read more

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Lightheaded with very low blood pressure and irregular heartbeat 116/53 and pulse 100?

Lightheaded with very low blood pressure and irregular heartbeat 116/53 and pulse 100?

See your doctor: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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What to do if I have Parkinson's and low blood pressure, dizziness, lightheadednesss anyone with similar problem?

Parkinson's: See a Neurologist first.
I assume you are seeing one since you were diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.
the symptoms you mentioned can be part of the Parkinson's disease presentation.
many people with Parkinson's have this.
of course these could be side effects of the medications against Parkinson's disease. One has to make sure your heart is ok as well.
Your Neurologist can help you best ...Read more

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What to do if I have low blood pressure, somtimes I get dizzy and light headed. Could I use a service dog to balance me?

What to do if I have low blood pressure, somtimes I get dizzy and light headed. Could I use a service dog to balance me?

Probably not: I don't think a service dog would be of much help to you. Instead, you need to be evaluated for correctable causes of dizziness. If there are none, a cane or walker may be help. ...Read more

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Is having low blood pressure at 19 bad? I get extremely light headed & dizzy. When I feel like it's lower I feel sicker. I eat good and drink fluids.

Is having low blood pressure at 19 bad? I get extremely light headed & dizzy. When I feel like it's lower I feel sicker. I eat good and drink fluids.

Yes: You have symptoms associated with the low blood pressure. Good to hear you are drinking plenty of water and eating a balanced diet. I would see your MD for an orthostatic blood pressure test and if it's positive consider seeing a Cardiologist for a tilt table test. Sometimes people with low blood pressure with symptoms may require medication to stabilize it. ...Read more

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I'm 16 and experience chronic widespread joint paint and get very dizzy and lightheaded often. I have a history of high and low blood pressure?

I'm 16 and experience chronic widespread joint paint and get very dizzy and lightheaded often. I have a history of high and low blood pressure?

Go to MD: At 16 you have many symptoms. There are some calle growing pains as the bones and tissues grow but the diffuse nature of your problem and other systemic manifestations warrant better evaluations and tests especially for rheumatologic problems. ...Read more

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Is blood pressures of high 90s/50-60s considered low if it's making me lightheaded & foggy and fatigued? My normal BP is 114/70s. I also have lupus.

Is blood pressures of high 90s/50-60s considered low if it's making me lightheaded & foggy and fatigued? My normal BP is 114/70s. I also have lupus.

It would not be: Uncommon to have symptoms of light-headedness, dizziness and perhaps fatigue with systolic blood pressures in the 90's though many people tolerate this blood pressure satisfactorily. First, try to increase your fluid volume by drinking liquids, especially those with electrolytes including Gatorade. If you don't feel better and BP comes up, contact your Doc or go to ER/Urgent Care. Blood loss? ...Read more

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I have lupus. Recent sodium level was 134 (normal is 135-145). Have been suffering from low blood pressures. Should I be concerned or not?

I have lupus. Recent sodium level was 134 (normal is 135-145). Have been suffering from low blood pressures. Should I be concerned or not?

We need more info: The 134 is not dangerous. The level depends on medication, renal function, and other problems and processes within your body. This is a specific problem and your physician can best answer it. ...Read more

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What can cause low blood pressure? Is it dangerous?

What can cause low blood pressure? Is it dangerous?

Blood pressure: Some folks have low pressure as their normal. If a patient with an established higher normal begins to have low pressure then some causes are fever, dehydration, infection, hormonal changes, and other possibilities. If pressure is too low it can affect critical organ functions. ...Read more

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Can ulcers cause low blood pressure?

Ulcers and BP: An ulcer that is bleeding can certainly lower blood pressure. This clinical situation, of course, is an emergency. ...Read more

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Can bed rest cause low blood pressure?

Can bed rest cause low blood pressure?

Yes: We put women who have pregnancy induced hypertension on bed rest to lower their blood pressure. We have receptors in our neck called baroreceptors that raise our blood pressure when we are upright. In some people, especially the elderly, these don't work well and it takes longer for their blood pressure to reset when they stand up. ...Read more

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What can cause low blood pressure and arm pain?

What can cause low blood pressure and arm pain?

Multiple cause: Low BP can be caused by blood loss, anemia, vasodilatation, drug reaction or allergy, anaphylactic shock, infection, sepsis. Not sure how to relate to arm pain. ...Read more

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Can Neurontin (gabapentin) cause low blood pressure?

No.: Exceedingly rare individual side-effects or drug reactions/allergies aside, no it does not effect BP. ...Read more

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Hello docs. I was wondering can too much klonopin (clonazepam) cause low blood pressure?

Hello docs. I was wondering can too much klonopin (clonazepam) cause low blood pressure?

Yes it is possible: See the link below. It is possible but rare. Remember that the percentage is not the percentage of total users, which is of course unknown. Rather, it is the percentage of side effect reports sent in
www. Ehealthme. Com/ds/clonazepam/hypotension
could Clonazepam cause hypotension? We studied 36, 334 Clonazepam users from fda and social media. Among them, 1, 128 have hypotension. ...Read more

Dr. Warren Foster
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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


Dr. Jerome Zacks
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Abnormal Blood Pressure (Definition)

Abnormal blood pressure is a symptom in which a person's blood pressure is much higher or much lower than it should be for his age and body size. If either the systolic (upper number) pressure or the diastolic (lower number) pressure is not in the normal range, then the ...Read more