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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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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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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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Dr. Payam Mehranpour
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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