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How Low Can Blood Pressure Go
Blood pressure 102/54. Paulse 59. This normal? How low can blood pressure go and how low can paulse go
Normal Health: This is perfectly normal and common for one your age. There is no right answer to the second part of your question. You do not have disease or any cardiac condition. Your body will regulate it's cardiac function to keep you healthy. ...Read more
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
It is not a disease: There is no disease called low blood pressure(only high blood pressure is). So many, otherwise healthy people run BP on the low side of normal(as low as 90-100 degree systolic(diastolic does not matter). Unless someone is seriously ill and the BP drops low due to illness like hemorrhage or serious infection), we think it is good to have low blood pressure. as long as you feel well. ...Read more
Blame your parents: Well don't blame them, i was just kidding. But the problem runs in families. Diet especially high salt intake can lead to hypertension in some patients. As people get older they are much more likely to get high blood pressure. Some rare causes are related to things like tumors in the adrenal glands or kidney problems. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Treat it: There are a number of medications that can be used for hypertension.Some are potentially harmful to baby, some less so.Treatment is based on many factors by your treating doc. Sometimes an early delivery must be planned to reduce damage to mom.Delivery is usually followed by an improvement, although it can take some time. ...Read more
It depends.: A blood pressure is too low if a person feels light-headed or faint. For many patients a blood pressure below 100 systolic (the upper number in the blood pressure reading) is too low. However some patients with congestive heart failure may do better with a lower reading. A rapid drop in blood pressure may cause symptoms even though the reading may not be very low. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It can: The body may respond initially to fluid loss with increasing the heart rate & various stress hormones & chemicals that can push up the blood pressure for a while. Prolonged fluid losses will eventually result in low blood pressure, often to worrisome levels. The first treatment for such cases is a rapid intravenous infusion of fluid. ...Read more
Increase fluids: Oftentimes low blood pressure is benign and can a sign of poor fluid intake. Also, it can occur with anemia, thyroid disease and addison's disease. If the symptoms are problematic, you should see your doctor to be evaluated for these possible conditions as well as hypoglycemia, which could mimic low blood pressure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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