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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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How to know if I have low blood pressure or something?

How to know if I have low blood pressure or something?

Check BP: Symptoms include feeling weak or dizzy when you arrise from a reclining or seated position. Have your BP and heart rate checked in multiple positions to know for sure. ...Read more

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Why would i have.Low blood pressure?

Why would i have.Low blood pressure?

Blood pressure: If we make the assumption you are otherwise normal, you may just have baseline stroke volume and peripheral vascular resistance that yields a low but normal pressure. As soon as we allow abnormal considerations low blood volume, low stroke volume, low resistance and reasons for them all come into play. ...Read more

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What happens if I have low blood pressure?

What happens if I have low blood pressure?

Depends how you feel: Blood pressure is a number, and there is no absolute "normal." many young people, especially females, can be perfectly healthy with a systolic BP of 80-100. If you are completely asymptomatic, there is no cause for concern. If you feel dizzy as a result, it is important to maintain oral hydration, especially with electrolyte-rich fluids. Gatorade and coconut water (contains lots of potassium) help. ...Read more

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What can I eat if I have low blood pressure?

What can I eat if I have low blood pressure?

Low blood pressure: Depends on how low you are talking about. Most people that say they have low blood pressure mean that they are normal but their pressure is on the low side of normal. If your pressure is abnormally low you need to be under medical care.A healthy well balanced diet of fruits and vegetables, nuts, grass bed beef, bison, chicken, wild salmon, walnuts, almond milk, rice milk should keep you well. ...Read more

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Hi i have low blood pressure and no appetite?

Hi i have low blood pressure and no appetite?

Symptoms: Low blood pressure and no appetite are non specific symptoms. If you are concerned, you need to see your doctor for an evaluation. The list of possibilities from those two symptoms is very long. ...Read more

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How could I tell if I have low blood pressure?

How could I tell if I have low blood pressure?

Symptoms: If your systolic blood pressure (BP) is less than 100 mmhg and you feel easily fatigued and or dizzy, the BP might be too low. Your symptoms more than anything else will be the tool to judge what is a "low" blood pressure for you. Plenty of young women have systolic bp's in low 80's without any symptoms, this is considered to be normal. ...Read more

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What can it mean if I have low blood pressure?

What can it mean if I have low blood pressure?

Probably normal: It depends if you have symptoms or not, or if you are on medications to control elevated blood pressure, or if you have underlying cardiac conditions. For some underlying abnormal conditions: consider dehydration, heart failure, anemia, low thyroid, or low cortisol. ...Read more

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Why do I have low blood pressure when standing?

Why do I have low blood pressure when standing?

This is orthostasis.: First therapy is drink planety of fluids and take salt (yes). Second is to check your blood pressure in different positions. If abnormal, your doctor will recommend a tilt table test, especially if symptomatic. ...Read more

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What should I feel if I have low blood pressure?

Good question: You may not feel any symptoms at all, or you may be very dizzy or lightheaded. ...Read more

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What should I do to if I have low blood pressure?

What should I do to if I have low blood pressure?

It depends: You don't really need to do anything unless your low blood pressure gives you symptoms such as light headedness or if you pass out. Without knowing your blood pressure, we can't really give any other recommendations. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean if I have low blood pressure?

What exactly does it mean if I have low blood pressure?

Problem if symptoms: Low blood pressure is not usually a clinical problem unless accompanied by symptoms like faintness, dizziness or impaired levels of consciousness. There are some hormonal and rare structural vascular problems that may cause abnormally low blood pressures. But, if no symptoms, i would not worry, especially since I have found lower blood pressures to be a marker of longevity. ...Read more

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What to do if I have low blood pressure when lay down only?

Have this looked at: Usually the converse is seen. There are a few reasons this occurs. A good starting point is to have orthostatic BP and heart rate checked in the doctors office. ...Read more

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Sometimes it's little difficult to stay standing. Do I have low blood pressure and what can I do about it?

Sometimes it's little difficult to stay standing. Do I have low blood pressure and what can I do about it?

Low BP: It could be due to postural hypotension. You need to check your BP on lying down posture and stand up for 15 minites and check it again. Check BP and hr to see any drop in it. Also you might need tilt table test to rule out neurocardiogenic response or pots. Consult your physician. ...Read more

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I've been told I have low blood pressure but nothing worrying. Are there any simple and natural ways of raising it to a normal level?

I've been told I have low blood pressure but nothing worrying. Are there any simple and natural ways of raising it to a normal level?

Needed?: If your lowere blood pressure is not causing you any symptoms, there is no reason for concern or need to raise it. A lower blood pressure is generally better for you. If you are having symptoms of light headedness, dizziness, or syncope, you may benefit from increasing your intake of water and salt. ...Read more

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How come I have low blood pressure but a high pulse?

How come I have low blood pressure but a high pulse?

Family practice: When your blood pressure is low, less blood flow is pumped out from the heart. Your heart rate increases to compensate to keep normal oxygen and nutrient levels to the brain and rest of the body. ...Read more

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I have low blood pressure and haven't kknowingly taken salt for 50 years. should i start now?

I have low blood pressure and haven't kknowingly taken salt for 50 years. should i start now?

No, Why?: Usual systolic BP <120 mmHg correlates with ?ed rates of cardiovascular events, thus good. All life/food is based on salt water organized by fat (membranes surrounding complex water droplets, i.e. cells) so additional salt not commonly required. Despite marketing, ?ed NaCl salt intake does Not routinely raise BP. Primary BP control is by brain modulation of cardiac output & peripheral resistance. ...Read more

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What could be the problem if I have low blood pressure and temperature and always feel drained?

Generally: that is assigned that she will live a long time except for the fatigue. You deserve a workup to be certain that there are no other issues .HRS, MD,FACC www.thepmc.org ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Fiala
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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