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I've been monitoring blood pressure. When it drops below 90s/50s i feel confused, shaky, anxious, so I eat salt and it normalizes. What is happening?

I've been monitoring blood pressure. When it drops below 90s/50s i feel confused, shaky, anxious, so I eat salt and it normalizes. What is happening?

Abnormal BP: that BP is low and is abnormal especially if you're feeling lousy with it. You definitely should discuss with your provider - they may find it worthwhile to perform blood pressures in different positions (lying down, seated, standing) or they may clarify how often and when to check your BP at home. Bring your cuff with you to the visit so they can make sure it's accurate. ...Read more

Dr. Edward Hellman
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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


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Hi is a blood pressure reading of 124/86 and 131/92 and 125/88 acceptable I'm 39 and my doctor has asked me to monitor blood pressure at home.

Hi is a blood pressure reading of 124/86 and 131/92 and 125/88 acceptable I'm 39 and my doctor has asked me to monitor blood pressure at home.

Blood pressure: "Normal" blood pressure should be <140/90. Ideally, it should be closer to 120/70. For you, it's the diastolic (second) reading that is slightly elevated, but not into a worrisome or dangerous range. The best thing for you is to try to fix this now by making diet/lifestyle changes to avoid meds later. Stop smoking, limit salt, eliminate fast/processed foods, exercise, lose weight if you're heavy. ...Read more

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How soon after getting blood drawn from both arms can I check my blood pressure. Both arms were poked & I'm monitoring blood pressure for appt soon. ?

How soon after getting blood drawn from both arms can I check my blood pressure. Both arms were poked & I'm monitoring blood pressure for appt soon. ?

After calming down: Since needles can stimulate anxiety in some people leading to transient hypertension, wait till you are no longer nervous. If your pulse rate seems to be normal, the BP will likely be accurate as well. Most people should have fully recovered from such an encounter in less than 30 minutes. ...Read more

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I've checked with my gp, ER, and EKG, holter monitor, blood pressure, bloods were normal. I get very anxious/stressed. Left shoulder pain/palpatations?

I've checked with my gp, ER, and EKG, holter monitor, blood pressure, bloods were normal. I get very anxious/stressed. Left shoulder pain/palpatations?

Anxiety: You've had many reassuring tests ruling out a heart condition. It's time to see a mental health professional to help deal with your anxiety. Talk therapy can be very helpful. ...Read more

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ER and Gp checked EKG, holter monitor, blood pressure and bloods and all normal. But I get a lot of left shoulder pain(especially when laughing) ?

ER and Gp checked EKG, holter monitor, blood pressure and bloods and all normal. But I get a lot of left shoulder pain(especially when laughing) ?

PLeurisy: Left shoulder pain when laughing Is suggestive of musculoskeletal origin or perhaps esophygeal. Although a small percentage of angina does present as musculoskeletal pain and cannot be ruled out your symptoms are more suggestive of an inflammatory origin. A CXR would be helpful and a trial of NSAIDS ...Read more

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I know the kidney monitors blood pressure, water, waste and hormones but will these hormones effect personality if it is disrupted?

I know the kidney monitors blood pressure, water, waste and hormones but will these hormones effect personality if it is disrupted?

It's possible. : Although the hormones made by the kidney are primarily involved in creating blood cells and regulating blood pressure, we know this is a complex organ with many functions that are unknown to science. We see that dialysis patients, who require artificial kidneys to cleanse their blood, have neurohormonal, psychomotor, and mood issues that clearly relate to the decreased function of the kidney. ...Read more

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How can I monitor my blood pressure?

Home BP cuff: There are a variety of home BP cuffs available online for measuring your BP at home. While they are not perfect, they are a good way to see your general BP health at any given time. There are also a variety of locations that have blood pressure measurement devices for the public, such as pharmacies. You should measure your BP at least once a day, more if you can. ...Read more

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How is monitoring my blood pressure at home useful?

How is monitoring my blood pressure at home useful?

Blood pressure: Checking your blood pressure at home is an important part of managing high blood pressure (hypertension). The american heart association and other organizations recommend anyone with high blood pressure monitor his or her blood pressure at home. Home monitoring can help you keep tabs on your blood pressure in a familiar setting, make certain your medication is working, and alert you and your docto. ...Read more

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When is the best time to monitor the blood pressure?

When is the best time to monitor the blood pressure?

In the morning: Normal diurnal rhythm commonly shows the peak in the morning between 4 and 9 am. ...Read more

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I have been monitoring my blood pressure for a little while and it has been getting as low as 78/54. Is that bad?

I have been monitoring my blood pressure for a little while and it has been getting as low as 78/54. Is that bad?

Probably: If you have no symptoms from the "low" blood pressure, do not worry about it. It may be good for you. ...Read more

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I am home monitoring my blood pressure for 5 days its still high at 175 /120. What should i do i am bit worrid . Thankyou?

I am home monitoring my blood pressure for 5 days its still high at 175 /120. What should i do i am bit worrid . Thankyou?

See doc ASAP: You definitely need to call your doctor ASAP. If you are having any dizziness or headache you should go to the nearest emergency room. ...Read more

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Hi there, I’m a 26 years old male and I’ve been monitoring my blood pressure over the past week. The average reading is 131mmHg/78. Should I be worried?

Hi there, I’m a 26 years old male and I’ve been monitoring my blood pressure over the past week. The average reading is 131mmHg/78. 

Should I be worried?

Blood Pressure: Please don’t worry but do see your doctor. Ask him/her about a natural aged garlic product called Kyolic Formula 109 and a mind- body approach found at www.relaxationresponse.org. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Hi can you get an app on a smart phone to monitor your Blood pressure?

Hi can you get an app on a smart phone to monitor your Blood pressure?

There are many: If you Google Blood pressure iPhone or whatever device you have, you can find them easily. This iHealth system is on sale for $53.99 http://www.rakuten.com/prod/ihealth-blood-pressure-monitor-system-dock-for-ipod-touch-iphone-and/252637990.html?listingId=295725719&sclid=pla_google_HeightsDeals&adid=29963&gclid=CLKohurtq8MCFQcyaQodox0Aqw ...Read more

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Is there an app that helps monitor your blood pressure with a wrist band?

Is there an  app that helps monitor your blood pressure with a wrist band?

?: Not sure what you're looking for here? You still need to buy a wrist monitor and instead of an inexpensive one, you need one that has blue tooth to communicate with your smart phone. What's the point? ...Read more

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I monitored my blood pressure over two days since my dentist's appointment. When it was measured at the dentist's, it was151/107 and over two days its at an average of 99/70. Other than palpitations, there are no other symptoms. Is that ok?

I monitored my blood pressure over two days since my dentist's appointment. When it was measured at the dentist's, it was151/107 and over two days its at an average of 99/70. Other than palpitations, there are no other symptoms. Is that ok?

See doctor: I would keep monitoring it. If it stays within the range you take, probably it spikes when you see a dentist due to apprehension and fear of dental procedures. As far as palpitations, do you have them frequently? If you, you need to see your doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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Are the blood pressure monitors at grocery/pharmacy stores accurate?

BP at the Grocery: Blood pressure monitors need to be calibrated periodically, especially if they get a lot of use. They should be accurate. If you have a concern that it might not be, ask when it was last calibrated or have it checked manually. You could try checking it at more than one store and see if the readings are similar, too. If not, one of the machines is likely wrong. ...Read more

Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
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Heavy Metals Panel Blood (Definition)

Heavy metals are common metals that can cause poisoning in humans. The most common example is lead, which is a big threat to children. Other metals encountered at work places can also be a problem: cadmium, arsenic, gold, mercury. A heavy metals test panel is a blood (or urine) test that assays for the ...Read more


Blood Clot (Definition)

A blood clot or thrombus is the final step of the coagulation cascade. It is a good thing when your body is trying to stop blood loss, however a blood clot can form in the veins after prolonged periods of immobility. This type of like ...Read more