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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 also known as Low blood pressure. 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
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
Poor perfusion: A certain blood pressure is needed to make sure our vital organs, ie brain, heart, kidneys get enough oxygen. If your blood pressure is dangerously low, you can develop heart attacks, lose consciousness or get kidney failure. Low blood pressure is only dangerous if you are feeling light headed. Most people who have so called "low blood pressure" but no symptoms do not need to worry. ...Read more
Congratulations: In the absence of symptoms (dizziness, faintness, etc.), naturally occurring low blood pressure is not a clinical problem. Indeed, low pressure is a marker of longevity in my practice. The problem is if there's another not-natural cause for low bp, e.g., illness, medication side effect or drug interaction, occult blood loss. Then looking for root cause and remedying that is the answer! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Stopping propranolol after 4 years due to severely low blood pressure. Will this increase my risk of death? Doc said its okay to do.
No: Just stopping Propanolol doesn't increase the risk of death. Unsure why you were on this medication but if you have been assured by a physician then it is probably ok to stop this medication. ...Read more
What are the risks people with low blood pressure need to be aware of before starting a low carb diet.?
Not really but: Make sure you are well hydrated and liberalize your salt intake. ...Read more
How low?: It's normal for healthy 30 year olds to have "low bp" and this is actually a sign of above average health. For instance, 80/60 if you're feeling fine and otherwise healthy would be very good. But if your normal BP is 140/80, you become ill, and your BP drops to 80/60, it's quite serious! so, it's relative. There are limits: i've never seen a healthy adult with a BP of <80 systolic (top number). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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