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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

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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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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Managing Low Blood Pressure (Checklist)

Drink plenty of water
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Have your medications adjusted if needed
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Look for symptoms of lightheadedness and fatigue
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What are the medication that are used to treat low blood pressure?

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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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

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Managing Low Blood Sugar (Checklist)

Avoid skipping meals
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Eat protein-rich snacks every 2 hours
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Keep fruit with you at all times if you feel hypoglycemic
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I want to know what's the treatment for low blood pressure?

I want to know what's the treatment for low blood pressure?

Several: 1. Determine the cause and reverse or treat it 2. Expand volume with fluid (usually normal saline) 3. Constrict areriolar vessels with pressor agents (like norepinephrine/levophed). If all 3 fail, and shock is present, the outlook is grim. ...Read more

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Managing High Blood Pressure (Checklist)

Monitor your blood pressure at home
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See your doctor regularly and work with him/her to control your blood pressure
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Take your medication as instructed without fail
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Low blood pressure symptoms and treatment useful?

Depends: For some people, such as an athlete, "low" blood pressure is normal. A blood pressure is considered too low if it can't support normal body functions. Low blood pressure may result in dizzyness, lethargy, confusion, nausea, cold sweats, passing out. Treatment is necessary if symptoms are present. Might be as simple as changing your diet, drinking more water or taking medications. See an md! ...Read more

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How can someone cure low blood pressure?

How can someone cure low blood pressure?

Increase fluids: Oftentimes low blood pressure is benign and can a sign of poor fluid intake. Also, it can occur with anemia, thyroid disease and addison's disease. If the symptoms are problematic, you should see your doctor to be evaluated for these possible conditions as well as hypoglycemia, which could mimic low blood pressure. ...Read more

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Treating an Abnormal Heart Rhythm (Checklist)

Make healthy lifestyle choices
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Stop smoking and avoid secondhand smoke
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Avoid excessive amounts of caffeine and alcohol
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How to get rid of low blood pressure dizziness spells and near-fainting?

How to get rid of low blood pressure dizziness spells and near-fainting?

Check BP and meds: Check your blood pressure first to confirm it's low. If it is, check medications and if you are on blood pressure meds, ask your md to adjust the dosage, to improve blood supply to the brain. If not on blood pressure meds, consider caffeine to help yourself over these spells (5 hour energy drink may help). If still symptomatic, get checkup for cardiac arrhythmia and/or neck vessel blockages. ...Read more

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Is there anything I can get from the grocery store or drug store for my low blood pressure until I can see a doctor?

Is there anything I can get from the grocery store or drug store for my low blood pressure until I can see a doctor?

Low B/P: If you are not having symptoms from the low blood pressure, you may not need anything. How long do you have to wait to see the doctor? I would add extra salt to your food for a short time but I am not sure this will may the b/p go up. ...Read more

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Eating a Low-Fat Diet (Checklist)

Avoid fried foods
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Read all food labels
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Avoid foods with visible fat
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Do not eat the skin when eating poultry
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What are the dangers of low blood pressure?

What are the dangers of low blood pressure?

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 more

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What can I do to prevent low blood pressure?

What can I do to prevent low blood pressure?

Blood pressure: You can increase the fluids and salt in your diet, wear support hose and pay attention when you are standing up to do it slowly. ...Read more

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Managing Low Testosterone (Checklist)

Have your testosterone checked each morning
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Discuss the risks and benefits of testosterone replacements with your doctor
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Take a testosterone replacement as instructed
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What to do in low blood pressure and what pills should I avoid?

What to do in low blood pressure and what pills should I avoid?

Adrenal insufficienc: Obviously you should avoid any medication that will drop your blood pressure. Then you need to be checked for adrenal insufficiency with labs to check dhea, cortisol and electrolytes. Micronutrient supplementation is often helpful and herbal supplements that support adrenal gland and thyroid gland seem to help. Avoidance of caffiene and other stimulants is best as well. ...Read more

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Treating Low Potassium (Checklist)

Consume magnesium rich foods, or ask your doctor about taking magnesium supplements
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Consume potassium rich foods, or ask your doctor about taking a potassium supplement
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Limit alcohol intake to no more than 1 ounce per day
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Do people normally get low blood pressure after not eating for 3-4 hours?

Do people normally get low blood pressure after not eating for 3-4 hours?

No: No, after all if you sleep for 7 or 8 hours you're not eating for that length of time. ...Read more

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Eating a Low-Sodium Diet (Checklist)

Speak with a clinical nutritionist
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Is there a health risk with low blood pressure? Isn't it predictable?

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

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Been having low blood pressure and seeing white dots all the time should I go to a&e?

Been having low blood pressure and seeing white dots all the time should I go to a&e?

Low BP?: What are your numbers? Have you fainted? Are you on mediciation? Have you had ambulatory BP monitoring>
Get amedicalexam and evaluation. ...Read more

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Eating a Low-Carb Diet (Checklist)

Read labels. Fiber, while a carb, is not digested
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Eat your vegetables!
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Try some of the many low-carb recipes online
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Substitute a low-carb, high-fiber tortilla wrap for sandwiches
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Low blood pressure?

Can be normal: If it is always low and you feel fine, don't worry. Otherwise it can be caused by dehydration or other things. If it's new see your dr. ...Read more

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Taking Blood Thinners (Checklist)

Take appropriate dose of anticoagulation medication
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Follow up with your treating physician
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Dr. Gary Pess
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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