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Do Thin People Have Low Blood Pressure
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
Sure: Though that said, the most common cause of low BP in patients previously with high BP is meds. That said, as the arteries get stiffer, it's easier to have large swings between your lower and higher bps. Make sure all measurements are being taken at rest and not around times of exercise. ...Read more
Low blood pressure: Low blood pressure (BP) is not really a disease condition. In general, for your health, the lower your bp, the better. The exception to this is when you get symptoms like lighted-headedness or dizziness when you stand up or feel like you're about to faint. There are individuals whose BP is 80/50, and they feel fine. Other people may have 100/60 and feel dizzy because that is low for them. ...Read more
Important to treat: Patients with high blood pressure and diabetes need more agressive treatment than those without diabetes. The goal blood pressure for most patients is 140/80 mmhg, but for those with diabetes, our current guidelines recommend a lower target of 130/80. These two conditions do increase the risk of heart disease and kidney disease, and controlling blood pressure in diabetics can reduce this risk also. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
My blood pressure is 112/50 and I'm having some orthostatic hypotension symptoms. Do I have low blood pressure?
Blood pressure: In general 112/50 is normal. If you have orthostatic symptoms, it could be related to the baseline lowish blood pressure complicated by hypovolemia, venous insufficiency or other conditions. It would be a good idea to see your doctor and have the orthostatic symptoms evaluated. ...Read more
Keep trying: High blood pressure can be complicated and difficult to treat. There are many unusual causes. Response to treatment and medication can vary from patient to patient. However, almost always BP can be treated successfully. More evaluation, different medication regimens and treatments, specialists in hypertension should be tried till effective treatment is found. ...Read more
Blood pressure: Patients with high blood pressure can physiologically donate blood. Often they will not be allowed to donate because they may be on anti hypertensive and other drugs. Gettting a transfusion which contains hypotension directed drugs could be a problem for some people. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Stroke: Among other things you could have brain injury from either. Fainting from low BP results in falling. Avoid confined spaces like phone booths. One cannot assume a recumbent position which will helps to restore good blood flow to the brain. You need to avoid both low blood sugar and low bp. Get it checked out right away. ...Read more
Yes: As long as it is fairly well-controlled at the time of the procedure with medications taken at home. ...Read more
Water follows sodium: People with hypertension take diuretics like hydrochlorothiazide as a first line treatment. Diuretics cause the kidneys to excrete more sodium into the urine, water follows sodium, therefore there is less water in the blood vessels. Pressure against the arterial walls therefore decreases. This is also incidentally why a dash diet works. Decreased sodium in the diet=lower pressure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It is possible: Personally, I do not but other people may. ...Read more
HTN: The pattern of high blood pressure is that young people tend to have high diastolic pressure and elderly people tend to have high systolic pressure. Both/either are harmful and should be controlled. The cause of essential hypertension has never been adequately determined. There is a genetic component and obesity is a risk factor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sure, anyone can: Because runners generally are nearer ideal body weight, get sufficient exercise and may pay attention to their diet more than most, they should be healthier. However, hypertension can affect anyone, and the only way to know whether you're hypertensive is to measure blood pressure. The good news is that the healthy lifestyle many runners strive for is a good way to avoid cardiovascular diseases. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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