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How Low Is To Low For Blood Pressure
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
Depends: On multiple issues. If you are symptomatic....Fatigued, lightheaded etc. If yes then it is too low. Also depends if you are taking medications to lower bp...Then it might be to low. Some people have BP in the 90's and that is normal for them. See your doctor. ...Read more
Low blood pressure: The definition of too low a blood pressure is 1. Non-hypertensive (<120/80) and 2. Symptomatic. In other words, blood pressure is not too low unless associated with symptoms such as dizziness, fatigue etc. On the reverse, ideal blood pressure is the lowest blood pressure tolerated. I have many patients with blood pressures in the 90s who are feeling absolutely great! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Complicated.: This is a great question. The major worry of platelets being too lowis unexplained bleeding into the head, which can be very serious. This risk is present at different levels for different patients. It depends on quite a bit of variables: age, recent injury, other illnesses, current bleeding, chance of platelet recovery, etc. Clearly if there is troublesome bleeding, they are too low. ...Read more
Healthy: 90/60 is healthy unless you've just been shot. General rule: lower is better. If you're dizzy (a few seconds of dizziness when you first stand up doesn't count), perhaps the BP is bit too low. If the 90/60 is "natural", it's very good. If it's due to BP meds, they could be reduced a bit. Many very healthy young people normally run bps of 90/60. They are often female. ...Read more
It is relative: The most important factor to label somebody has low blood pressure is to know his baseline . If somebody is having blood pressure of say 80/50 mmhg for years and does not have any symptom at all . This should not be considered necessarily a bad idea . On the other hand if a person who had blood pressure of 140 /90 came to you with blood pressure of 80/60 , it should be cause for conmen. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends on symptoms: With symptoms a full work up is required. Full h&p with labs holter , echo, tilt table etc. Once a likely diagnosis is found a taylored therapy can implemented.As far as what is too low is usually based on symptoms . If you feel fine with a BP of 85 systolic then your probably fine. If your woozy of dizzy its too low. ...Read more
Depends: Low BP or "hypotension" (less than 120/80) is always bad if happened all of a sudden. It has got several reasons. Of those reasons the common bad ones are 1)severe dehydration, any cause of 2)bleeding, any where in our body, 3)infections, hormonal dysfunction, and 4) heart conditions with failure, or hear attacks, to name a few. For some it can be a normal finding too, as low as 80/60. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Consult Pediatrician: Blood pressure evaluation in children is complicated as there are many factors involved including age and body mass index. A pediatrician is the best resource. Getting an accurate blood pressure reading for a child requires an experienced individual. Symptoms of low bp: dizziness, fainting, blurry vision & light-headedness. ...Read more
Depends on blood flo: Pressure is the moving force getting blood to a body part including the brain. What counts is not the pressure but the quality and quantity of the blood getting to the brain. Obviously some pressures are incompatible with adequate blood supply but the answer depends on other factors such as arterial blockage, chronic hypertension, coronary artery disease, aortic valve problems. ...Read more
That's fine: Young females tend to have lower blood pressure. Some people may have blood pressure's 90/60 and feel fine. The main concern is the development of dizziness, weakness or fatigue. Occasional dizziness with standing may be normal, as long as dizziness passes within a minute or so. Go to er if passing out, or persistent dizziness. ...Read more
Depends: Low blood pressure might be a good thing. People live longer. It's just a number. If you feel fine, it is unlikely a problem. Now if you are sick and it is low, the treatment depends on the cause. For instance, bleeding. Stop the bleeding and give blood transfusion. Dehydration. Give fluids by mouth or intravenously. Infection. Give antibiotics. Adrenal insufficiency, give hormone replacement. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It's not the numbers: A normal BP is less than or equal to 135 on top and 85 on bottom. The lower, the better unless you're dizzy or passing out. Some very healthy people normally run a BP of 80-90 on the top number and that's fine. High bps increase long term risk. Very high bps (like >200/>110) that are also associated with symptoms like chest pain, breathlessness or confusion are considered an emergency. ...Read more
Sometimes: Low blood pressure is actually better in terms of decreased heart and stroke risk. Low blood pressure can be normal for individuals who can be genetically predisposed that way. Low blood pressure is not normal if you feel dizzy or lightheaded or feel like your heart is pounding all the time. Most common cause of low BP is dehydration, so the treatment is drinking more fluids. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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