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What Can Be Done For Low Blood Pressure
Cause?: Depends on the cause of your low bp. Dehydration? Blood loss? Diabetes? Medications? Check with your doctor, but if you are symptomatic and all major problems are ruled out, then increasing salt intake or taking a steroid that increases salt and water retention, like fludricortisone (florinef) can help, just don't stop taking it abruptly! and take it under doctor supervision w/ a prescription! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Many approaches: There are many different approaches to high blood pressure (HTN) besides medications. These include weightloss, stop smoking, drink less than 3 drinks of alcohol per day, exercise and live a physically active life, eat a balanced diet, cut down on salt, keep caffeine at 2 cups per day, relaxation and control stressors, prayer and meditation. If not controlled definitely consider medications. ...Read more
Findings: obtain a diagnosis of what abnormalities are present, then treat as appropriate. Without an evaluation of what is going on, treatment is blind. ...Read more
Cause?: Many causes of hypoglycemia. First thing is to confirm low blood sugars in a lab. If truly low, what is the reason for low blood sugars? Is this reactive hypoglycemia? Fasting hypoglycemia? Adult onset metabolic disorder? Treatment is contingent upon a diagnosis. Please discuss with your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Low blood pressure is generally desirable, but if there is lightheadedness with position change or other symptoms of low blood pressure, need to ensure no underlying problems- low thyroid, or low cortisol, or slow heart rate. Need to ensure good hydration status, consider liberalizing salt intake. Compression stockings can be quite helpful. Some medications may include midodrine or florinef (fludrocortisone). ...Read more
Bp and lipids: You go to the dr. And get diagnosed and treated if necessary. ...Read more
Lifestyle changes: Lifestyle modifications are essential to treating hypertension. Weight loss, smoking cessation, decrease in alcohol consumption, exercise, low sodium diet (2400 mg/day) which is very difficult, a diet rich in potassium and vegetables. These are all extremely important measures. If these are ineffective , medications are usually needed. ...Read more
Reduce salt intake: I.E. Eliminate as much salt as u can from youe diet. Most fast foods, all prepared frozen meals, cans or packets of soup, instant noodles, soy sauce etc., all have high salt content for taste. Start checking all foods for salt content. Try & avoid stress. In spite of this you may require a simple inexpensive medication with few side effects such as hydrochlorthiazide. ...Read more
Get physician advice: Weight loss (if overweight) and cardio exercise can help. As will reducing excessive alcohol. Nsaids and stimulant drugs can increase bp, and should be stopped. There are many drugs for hypertension, depending on patient characteristics like presence or absence of age, heart disease, diabetes, kidney damage, asthma/copd, osteoporosis and others. Your physician can advise on the best options. ...Read more
Blood pressure: There isn't just one. If you feel the need, take a multiple vitamin to ensure you get most of them. ...Read more
Uncommon: In my 35 years of practice, I have never seen a case of reactive hypoglycemia. The disorder doesn't exist, if you're overweight the symptoms are a natural response to your glucose level returning to normal. A glucose tolerance test (if you've had one) is not and never will be a valid diagnostic test for hypoglycemia. Don't waste your money o GTT or any fad diets of treatments. Lose wt if heavy. ...Read more
Prescription medicin: Blood clots are dangerous and a physician should be seen immediately. If the clot is in the leg a doppler test can confirm it and a physician will prescribe meds to thin the blood and help prevent it from going to the lungs. Initially you should not be active because you do not want to dislodge it and cause it to travel in your bloodstream. Blood thinners will be taken for at least 3 months. ...Read more
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
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
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