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Is There A Driving Risk With Low Blood Pressure
Possibly: If the blood pressure is so low that you're dizzy, have passed out, or feel like you're going to pass out (brief dizziness on arising too quickly doesn't count), you shouldn't be driving. On the other hand, if you're just going by the number and feel fine, driving is no problem. Many healthy people run a normal blood pressure of 80 systolic. They tend to be young and are often women. ...Read more
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
I had slight double vision while driving after dark last night and I'm wondering if low blood pressure could have been a contributing factor?
No: This is a complex question. For most younger and mid-aged people a lower blood pressure is not associated with increased risk. For older patients too low a blood pressure is associated with worse long-term survival. It is also an issue if low blood pressure is due to poor cardiac function or other medical conditions. The relationship varies depending on the reason for the low blood pressure. ...Read more
Good thing, usually.: Good, if your are not symptomatic. Your risk for heart disease is lowered with a lower bp. ...Read more
What are your numbers? Have you fainted? Are you on mediciation? Have you had ambulatory BP monitoring>
Get amedicalexam and evaluation. ...Read more
He was in e.R. They couldn't find anything wrong. Slightly elevated r.B.C. And slightly low blood pressure. Could it be sudden drop in blood pressure?
Depends: Low blood pressure is only dangerous if it is impairing adequate oxygen delivery to meet the needs of vital organs of the body, or if it signifies an underlying process that is dangerous if it worsens (e.g. Diffuse bacterial infection, or toxin poisoning). The actual number, in and of itself, is not dangerous if all organs remain working fine. ...Read more
It's too low if you have symptoms
for example, there are people that walk around with blood pressure of 90/50 without any problems. There are others who are dizzy, wobbly and feel horrendous.
Some of these general guidelines go out the window dealing with really sick people, intensive care etc. Different set of rules in that case. ...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 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 more
Commonly dehydration: For the average person, the most common cause of low BP is from dehydration--not getting enough fluids/foods. For elderly this is even more common. Also, medications can also do this. Autonomic dysfunctions as in parkinson disease or advanced diabetes; heart failure, liver failure, rapid blood loss/bleeding etc...Are other major causes. If you have problem, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more
High: High blood pressure is worse. Low blood pressure in its common form (not including pots) causes dizziness when standing from a lying or sitting position. While low blood pressure can be very annoying it rarely leads to the multiple issues that high blood pressure can. For instance chronic high blood pressure thickens your heart muscle and predisposes you to having a heart attack. ...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 more
Cause?: Depends on the cause of your low bp. Dehydration? Blood loss? Diabetes? Medications? Check with your doctor, but if you are symptomatic and all major problems are ruled out, then increasing salt intake or taking a steroid that increases salt and water retention, like fludricortisone (florinef) can help, just don't stop taking it abruptly! And take it under doctor supervision w/ a prescription! ...Read more
Low bp: Low BP <100, is for kids and young adults and pregnant women. BP is age dependent. Generally a low BP is better than a high bp. Without symptoms, such as fainting, a low BP is good. If symptoms of low BP such as fainting occur it is necessary to see the dr to rule out pathologic causes. ...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
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