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I get blood pressure reading -what does it mean if the bottom number is low?

I get blood pressure reading -what does it mean if the bottom number is low?

Bottom number: Bottom number is always lower than the upper number.You need to tell us what the upper and lower numbers are.Than only we can answer your question. ...Read more

Dr. Bernard Seif
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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


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How hard is it to get stable blood pressure control with just one medicine?

How  hard is it to get stable blood pressure control with just one medicine?

Can be done: It is possible with isolated high blood pressure to control it with one medication but it has to be the right drug and at the correct dose. Most of the time other medications are given because the first drug is not fully utilized, or other medical conditions are better treated with adding the other drugs as well. ...Read more

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How high and low does your blood pressure have to get to where its considered dangerous?

How high and low does your blood pressure have to get to where its considered dangerous?

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

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Am low on my blood pressure meds. No refills left, can't get an appt till end of January and no insurance till February. Suggestions??

Am low on my blood pressure meds. No refills left, can't get an appt till end of January and no insurance till February. Suggestions??

Call your doctor: Call the doctor who prescribed them. I get calls like this often. Your doctor is your ally - he/she doesn't want you to go without your meds and possibly become ill. They will call in a refill, at least enough to tide you over. If you can't afford your meds, they can call in a cheap substitute to help get you through or suggest a free clinic in your area that will provide you with free meds. ...Read more

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I'm low on blood pressure medicine (only 4 pills left), should I cut them in half to last me longer? (I can't refill them until I get insurance)

I'm low on blood pressure medicine (only 4 pills left), should I cut them in half to last me longer? (I can't refill them until I get insurance)

Try to get meds.: It's not safe to cut long-acting medications, such as once-daily blood pressure medications, in half. See if you can be prescribed generic versions of the medications you are on. That would be safer. ...Read more

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What do you take to get blood pressure from low to normal? Blood pressure is 96 over 92

What do you take to get blood pressure from low to normal? Blood pressure is 96 over 92

Healthy: If you're feeling okay, 96 is a heck of a good blood pressure! on the other hand, if someone has just shot you, 96 may be a bit low. You see: it's not the absolute number that counts, it's the context. ...Read more

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I get a blood pressure reading of 147/93 sitting and 125/76 lying down. Which one is the correct one to use to diagnose hypertension?

More measurements: To answer correctly, it is better to get more measurements, in one position. Sitting up is usually the measurement that people use in determining blood pressure. See your primary care provider for more information. ...Read more

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My blood pressure is low days in a row & then one day it will be high then back to low for days. Should i be on atenalol every day or as needed?

My blood pressure is low days in a row & then one day it will be high then back to low for days. Should i be on atenalol every day or as needed?

Titration: If you're comfortable checking your blood pressure everyday and titrating your medicine to it, more power to you (assuming your regular doctor is on board). Most people don't want to be bothered. ...Read more