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I have lupus. Recent sodium level was 134 (normal is 135-145). Have been suffering from low blood pressures. Should I be concerned or not?

I have lupus. Recent sodium level was 134 (normal is 135-145).  Have been suffering from low blood pressures.  Should I be concerned or not?

We need more info: The 134 is not dangerous. The level depends on medication, renal function, and other problems and processes within your body. This is a specific problem and your physician can best answer it. ...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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Have lupus & POTS. Having low blood pressures, lightheaded, nightsweats, extreme nigttime polyuria. MD ordered 24 hr urine sodium collection. Why?

Have lupus & POTS. Having low blood pressures, lightheaded, nightsweats,  extreme nigttime polyuria. MD ordered 24 hr urine sodium collection. Why?

To differentiate : In prerenal failure like from dehydration sodium will be too low in the urine.In true renal failure like that can happen in Lupus you will not be able to conserve the sodium and will leak . So by this test doctors can learn a lot ...Read more

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Have lupus & POTS. Having low blood pressures, lightheaded, nightsweats, extreme nigttime polyuria. MD ordered 24 hr urine sodium collection. Why?

Have lupus & POTS. Having low blood pressures, lightheaded, nightsweats, extreme nigttime polyuria. MD ordered 24 hr urine sodium collection. Why?

POTS and sodium: Excreting less than 124 mmol per 24 hours of sodium in the urine predicts if you will respond favorably to salt supplementation. One also is advised to increase fluid intake to prevent the BP from dropping and the heart rate from rising ( typically above 120 b/m ) upon standing. If sodium is excreted in larger amounts chances are other therapies will be needed ( B blockers, fludrocortisone etc ) ...Read more

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Would taking more salt in help my low blood pressure?

Would taking more salt in help my low blood pressure?

NO: Inreased salt intake will increase blood pressure. A diet rich in potassium can help with blood pressure. Low salt diets are very important in trating high blood pressure. ...Read more

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Can it matter if you consume too much salt if you have low blood pressure?

Can it matter if you consume too much salt if you have low blood pressure?

Too much is too much: You need salt in the diet but too much is too much! there are many problem related to excessive intake of salt. ...Read more

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I have low blood pressure and haven't kknowingly taken salt for 50 years. should i start now?

I have low blood pressure and haven't kknowingly taken salt for 50 years. should i start now?

No, Why?: Usual systolic BP <120 mmHg correlates with ?ed rates of cardiovascular events, thus good. All life/food is based on salt water organized by fat (membranes surrounding complex water droplets, i.e. cells) so additional salt not commonly required. Despite marketing, ?ed NaCl salt intake does Not routinely raise BP. Primary BP control is by brain modulation of cardiac output & peripheral resistance. ...Read more

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I am craving salt so badly, i literally pour salt on a plate and start eating it throughout the day. I also have chronic low blood pressure...?

I am craving salt so badly, i literally pour salt on a plate and start eating it throughout the day. I also have chronic low blood pressure...?

Salt craving: There are several reasons for craving salt. Dehydration, addison's disease, thyroid disfunction, and iodine deficiency are some reasons. Your family doctor (general practitioner) can run some blood tests that may reveal the reason. ...Read more

Dr. Marvin Ott
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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