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What can cause low blood pressure?

What can cause low blood pressure?

Varies: Several possibilities, but here are some: dehydration, esp in the summer when we can loose more water than we realize. Medications (lots-best to talk with your doctor). Infections, mainly serious ones. Heart problems. Endocrine problems. Kidney problems. More. For some people a lower BP is normal.Because the list is long and complex, i'd encourage you to have a eval & discussion w/ your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Jerome Zacks
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Hypotension (Definition)

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


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What causes hypotension?

What causes hypotension?

Many: Anemia, low heart rate, fast heart rate, adrenal disease, bleeding, valvular disease, medications - these are the main causes. ...Read more

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Why is low blood pressure harmful?

Multiple side effect: Low blood pressure can result in dizziness or can cause someone to pass out. It also may cause decreased kidney function and other organ dysfunction due to reduced blood flow. People may also feel fatigued and washed out due to hypotension. ...Read more

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Do dilated veins mean high blood pressure and thin veins mean low blood pressure?

Do dilated veins mean high blood pressure and thin veins mean low blood pressure?

No: Blood pressure is related to arteries, not veins. Dilated or relaxed arteries lead to lower blood pressure while tightened or contracted arteries lead to higher bp. ...Read more

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What are the medication that are used to treat low blood pressure?

Several: There are many ways to treat hypotension. First is salt repletion, either through salt rich drinks such as Gatorade, etc. Other options include increasing salt in the diet or even taking salt pills. There are adrenal hormones that can cause salt retention thus achieving the same goal, namely fludrocortisone (Flurinef). A newer agent (been out on the market several years) is midodrine. ...Read more

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What food is healthy for someone with low blood pressure?

Water and sodium : Increasing the amount of salt in your diet may help your bp decrease in Folic Acid & vitamin B12 can lead to anemia which can create low bp magnesium plays a role in blood pressure the green chlorophyll in vegetables such as spinach and kale contain magnesium other dietary sources include cashews almonds soybeans and halibut caffeine also may increase bp. ...Read more

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How can a patient with esrd be treated for low blood pressure without intravenous therapy in a prehospital setting?

How can a patient with esrd be treated for low blood pressure without intravenous therapy in a prehospital setting?

Depends: There are several reasons for low BP in esrd, including dehydration, carnitine deficiency, heart failure (with or without cardiogenic shock), adrenal insufficiency, and autonomic instability. Some of those can be treated with oral therapies such as midodrine, mineralococorticoids, and carnitine for example. ...Read more

Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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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


Dr. Jerome Zacks
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Abnormal Blood Pressure (Definition)

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