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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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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 are the risks of low blood pressure?

What are the risks of low blood pressure?

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 more

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What are the effects of high blood pressure?

What are the effects of high blood pressure?

Blood pressure: Hypertension is when the blood pressure exceeds 140/90 mmhg for a significant part of the day. If untreated, these people have an increased incidence of atherosclerotic disease, heart attack, stroke and kidney failure. ...Read more

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What are the consequences of high and low blood pressure?

What are the consequences of high and low blood pressure?

High vs low: Long term high BP will lead to heart disease, increases risk of kidney disease, stroke/heart attacks, atherslerosis etc...Lower than average BP may not cause any problem at all as long as you are not having symptoms such as dizziness/passing out, short-of-breath etc...For an adult, BP of less than 90 is likely to cause some symptoms above. If u r concerned, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are the risks of having low blood pressure?

What are the risks of having low blood pressure?

Low BP: read this for information: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/hyp/

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What are the main symptoms of low blood pressure?

What are the main symptoms of low blood pressure?

Hypotension: Weakness, dizziness, syncope, tachycardia. Severe hypotension may result in mental status changes, coma or even death. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of high blood pressure?

What are the symptoms of high blood pressure?

Mostly none but....: In most cases no symptoms and this is a problem because it can lurk up on you and cause heart and kidney disease as well as stroke. Some people may feel flushed, dizzy, pounding sensation in head and headache. Severe high blood pressure can also cause chest pain, shortness of breath, blurring of vision and confusion. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of high blood pressure?

What are the symptoms of high blood pressure?

Generally none: In most cases, you cannot feel your elevated BP even though anecdotally, people think they do. In a hypertensive crisis (bp ranging around >200/>110, more likely >240/>120), one may have confusion (encephalopathy), shortness of breath (heart failure) or chest discomfort (angina). Acute renal failure, which you can't feel, also occurs. ...Read more

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What are the causes of low blood pressure and bradycardia?

What are the causes of low blood pressure and bradycardia?

Vagal nerve overstim: Most causes of hypotn and low heart rate come from overstimulation of the vagus nerve . This causes slow heart rates and vasodilation with drop in blood pressure . Pts feel sweaty nauseated and have bluured vision. If they dont lie down they may pass out. ...Read more

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What are risks of high blood pressure?

What are risks of high blood pressure?

Longterm effects: Untreated high blood pressure is associated with increased risk of heart and vascular disease, stroke, and kidney disease. It is called the silent killer. ...Read more

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What are the signs of high blood pressure?

What are the signs of high blood pressure?

Silent killer: We call high blood pressure a silent killer because often times there are no symptoms. We need to monitor actual readings. If its dangerously high you can get many different symptoms, too long to list. ...Read more

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How bad are the effects of low blood pressure?

How bad are the effects of low blood pressure?

Generally: None unless you have symptoms or other organs are affected in which symptoms are usually persistent. ...Read more

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What are the categories of high blood pressure medication?

What are the categories of high blood pressure medication?

BP meds: The most commonly used anti-hypertensive medications are diuretics (e.g. hydrocholorothiazide) and ACE inhibitors (e.g. lisinopril, accupril, (quinapril) etc). Other classes of anti-hypertensive meds include beta blockers (metoprolol, atenolol, carvedilol, etc) and calcium channel blockers (nifedipine, amoloidpine, diltiazem, verapamil). Second-line agents include clonidine and minoxidil. ...Read more

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What are the causes of people having low blood pressure?

What are the causes of people having low blood pressure?

Blood pressure: Decreased intravascular volume and decrease systemic vascular resistance, the blood pressure can also be low because of small stroke volume and low cardiac output. ...Read more

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What are the main causes of low diastolic blood pressure?

What are the main causes of low diastolic blood pressure?

Not many: Not many and not that important. Most common reason would be aortic insufficiency (leaky aortic valve). Other than that, there are artifacts (errors) taking the blood pressure in someone with rigid arteries that will make diastolic BP artificially low. True diastolic low BP (not related to leaky valve) requires NO treatment ...Read more

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What are the effects of high blood sugar?

What are the effects of high blood sugar?

Several: Hi. The principle effects of hyperglycemia are dehydration and electrolyte abnormalities. Ketoacidosis is NOT an attendant phenomenon unless a sufficient degree of insulin deficiency is present. Hyperglycemia does not beget ketoacodosis - a sufficient degree of insulin deficiency does. If high enough or comorbid illnesses are present, hospitalization may be necessary; usually not, however. ...Read more

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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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I was wondering what are the dangers of having low blood pressure?

I was wondering what are the dangers of having low blood pressure?

Blood pressure: Normal blood pressure is 100 to 120 over 80 to 90 mm of mercury, low blood pressure is anything below that range. Low blood pressure can be 'normal' for some people and abnormal for others. ...Read more

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Is low blood pressure dangerous?

Is low blood pressure dangerous?

Depends: Low blood pressure is only dangerous if it is impairing adequate oxygen delivery to meet the needs of vital organs of the body, or if it signifies an underlying process that is dangerous if it worsens (e.g. Diffuse bacterial infection, or toxin poisoning). The actual number, in and of itself, is not dangerous if all organs remain working fine. ...Read more

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When is low blood pressure dangerous?

When is low blood pressure dangerous?

Depends: BP varies from person to person and even hour to hour. However if it drops too rapidly, it signals something being wrong with your cardiovascular system. When the pressure drops rapidly or gets low enough, there may not be enough blood going into the organs especially the brain. The end result may be fainting, shock, and even death. ...Read more

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Is low blood pressure dangerous to have?

It is relative: The most important factor to label somebody has low blood pressure is to know his baseline . If somebody is having blood pressure of say 80/50 mmhg for years and does not have any symptom at all . This should not be considered necessarily a bad idea . On the other hand if a person who had blood pressure of 140 /90 came to you with blood pressure of 80/60 , it should be cause for conmen. ...Read more

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How dangerous is it to have low blood pressure?

How dangerous is it to have low blood pressure?

Hypotension: Hypotension can cause organ underperfusion, weakness, fatigue, lightheadedness, dizziness and dysfunction of the kidneys and other organs. If without symptoms can also be ok. It depends on how low the pressure is. ...Read more

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When is low blood pressure considered dangerous?

When is low blood pressure considered dangerous?

Causes fainting: When your blood pressure is too low, you do not get enough oxygen to your brain and people feel lightheaded, dizzy or like they are going to faint. That is dangerous, but the most common cause of low blood pressure is not enough fluids or dehydration. If you are still having low blood pressure and feeling dizzy after drinking at least 64 oz per day, then you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how dangerous is low blood pressure?

Can you tell me how dangerous is low blood pressure?

Blood pressure: Normal blood pressure is 100 to 120 over 80 to 90 mm of mercury, low blood pressure is anything below that range. Low blood pressure can be 'normal' for some people and abnormal for others. ...Read more

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At what point (if ever) is low blood pressure considered dangerous?

At what point (if ever) is low blood pressure considered dangerous?

Lower than 80/50: This is typically the lowest tolerable bp. Of course, BP is different if you are a 4'9' waif or a six foot 3 bruiser! but below 80/50, this should be evaluated. ...Read more

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Why is it dangerous to have low blood pressure?

Not necessarily. : First what is low bp? The systolic blood pressure may be in the 80-90mm range and be entirely normal and pose no danger whatsoever. A lot depends on what is the clinical situation and are there associated symptoms. ...Read more

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Please answer! what number of low blood pressure is considered dangerous?

Please answer! what number of low blood pressure is considered dangerous?

Low broad pressure: Low blood pressure on the normal range changes with age is different for children for adult women less than 90/60 is usually low for man less than about 100/60 is usually low ...Read more

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Please answer! what number of low blood pressure is considered dangerous?

Please answer! what number of low blood pressure is considered dangerous?

Low bp: Whatever the low level is, if it is producing symptoms such as dizziness, lightheadness or orthostatic symptoms; we consider it dangerous. ...Read more

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I am experiencing low blood pressure (hypotension). I'm 23 yr old male. Bp is 90/52 is this dangerous. Just very tired. ?

Depends: Low blood pressure and whether it will affect you depends on your body habitus, nutritional status, medications, how fit you are, etc. If you have symptoms of headaches, dizziness, fatigue then discuss this with your doctor. Get blood tests and a physical exam. That blood pressure in your age is not necessarily dangerous if you're asymptomatic. There are several reasons for being tired too. ...Read more

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What can cause low blood pressure? Is it dangerous?

What can cause low blood pressure? Is it dangerous?

Blood pressure: Some folks have low pressure as their normal. If a patient with an established higher normal begins to have low pressure then some causes are fever, dehydration, infection, hormonal changes, and other possibilities. If pressure is too low it can affect critical organ functions. ...Read more

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Why is low blood pressure so dangerous in regards to septic shock?

Why is low blood pressure so dangerous in regards to septic shock?

Extremely dangerous: If organs are not getting enough blood, they do not work, and worse they are injured to the point of organ death. Blood pressure is a direct reflection of how much blood is flowing to these organs. ...Read more

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What can I do if my mom has very low blood pressure, is she in danger?

What can I do if my mom has very low blood pressure, is she in danger?

It depends on other: Related conditions or symptoms. If she has other symptoms like dizziness, chest pain, fatigue, shortness of breath, etc, bring her to quick care or er for a thorough evaluation. She needs to follow up with her dr. If she is taking blood pressure meds, she may need to hold off or cut down on the dose. Discuss these things with her dr. ...Read more

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Is hypertension or pre-hypertension daily with anxiety or anxiety attacks/panic attacks dangerous if you normally have low blood pressure?

Is hypertension or pre-hypertension daily with anxiety or anxiety attacks/panic attacks dangerous if you normally have low blood pressure?

Not necessarily.: During acute anxiety attacks or panic attacks, your blood pressure increases due to increase autonomic activity but when you calm down they also come down. However, you really should get your anxiety taken cared of through medication and psychotherapy. There are other techniques that can calm you down such as mindful breathing and some yoga techniques that can be easily learned ...Read more

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Have low blood pressure(av.80/40).Doc said okay but I feel dizzy a lot.My mom said that it can be dangerous.What risks are from being dizzy?thank you

Have low blood pressure(av.80/40).Doc said okay but I feel dizzy a lot.My mom said that it can be dangerous.What  risks are from being dizzy?thank you

Well: If you are dizzy it is not ok. You need to start by drinking more water and at your age prolly need more salt. Add a little more to your meals and hydrate more care if that helps. If symptoms persist. See a doctor ...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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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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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