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How Low One Can Get His Blood Pressure
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
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
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
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
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
If blood pressure changes a lot during the day, how can one get an accurate reading of what it "really is? " mine kept changing at pharmcy high to lowr
24 hour: Ambulatory BP monitor would give clearer picture. ...Read more
Is blood pressure 104/65 too low pulse is 65 do I need to get my med dose lowered I do feel fine. I been losing little weight?
What med are you Tak: What kind of BP Medication are you taking? ...Read more
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 know my blood pressure is suppose to be 120/80 but mine has been around 103/68. When do I need to get medication for my blood pressure being so low?
Blood pressure is very low 110/76. Could that be causing the hangover feeling I get in the morning and sometime during the day?
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?
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?
Can blood pressure in elderly go low and high in one day? Like 90/65 in morning & 145/100 in evening? Can it cause stroke? Should BP be normalized?
It is a: Mistake to "over control" the blood pressure in elderly patients (although the definition of "elderly" has CHANGED and 73 is not as "old" as it used to be" A 24 hour BP monitor is available and I would strongly suggest it be used in this case. If the "episodes" of higher BP are FEW I would not treat! My opinion only! Hope it helps Dr Z ...Read more
Is blood pressure 104/74 too low should I lower dose on meds. I the only one with family with hbp I suspect it only from being fat. I on diet losing?
Not low: It's within normal as long as you're not having symptoms of low blood pressure such as dizziness or fatigue. I recommend you monitor your BP more often (x2 a day) for the next week and keep a diary. We care more about the trend of your BP rather than a single read. If the blood pressure is low (< 90/60) then hold off on taking your BP meds and consult with a physician ASAP. ...Read more
Hypoperfusion: Not enougth circulation can cause poor perfusion of the brain and this cause a temporary blackout. Staying flat is usually enough to reverse it. ...Read more
Salt and fluids: Eat plenty of salt and drink plenty of fluids. If that doesn't correct it, there are drugs that can be used. But first, you need to be evaluated for causes of low blood pressure. When you squat or arise from lying down, do it slowly - it's normal for BP to drop briefly at those times and most folks will have a few seconds of dizziness if they get up too fast. ...Read more
It's been 24 hours since taking my last blood pressure med. (Losartan 100mg) my Bp is 127/65. Should I take my Bp again or will the 65 get too low?
Hypertension: The reported BP is fine, a diastolic of 65 is admirable. If you stop taking scheduled meds prescribed for documented diagnosed hypertension then the BP will rise up though perhaps not right away;so do take the med as prescribed.Losartan sometimes works better taken divided in to 2 doses 12 hours apart eg 50mg every 12 hours. Good luck. ...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
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