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What Causes Low Blood Pressure And How Can It Be Treated
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
Multiple things: Heart failure, adrenal insufficiency, unstable cardiac arrthymias (abnormal rhythms), sepsis with septic shock, neurogenic shock, cardiogenic shock, and most commonly dehydration. It depends how low it is, if low normal and you are not symptomatic you shouldn't get it higher. Smaller patients tend to have lower blood pressures as a whole. ...Read more
Above 90%: When someone with heart failure is stable their oxygen saturation as measured on a pulse oximetry (usually on their fingertip) should be greater than 90%. Lower than that may indicate retention of fluid in the lungs and necessitate a visit to the ER or the cardiologist to adjust medications and re-assess. ...Read more
very severe: When BP exceeds 200/120, it approaches a level considered to be a hypertensive urgency or emergency. The symptoms can be angina (chest discomfort), heart failure (shortness of breath), or encephalopathy (confusion and sometimes headache). But understand: headache is common and is infrequently associated with high blood pressure. ...Read more
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
Sometimes: Low blood pressure is actually better in terms of decreased heart and stroke risk. Low blood pressure can be normal for individuals who can be genetically predisposed that way. Low blood pressure is not normal if you feel dizzy or lightheaded or feel like your heart is pounding all the time. Most common cause of low BP is dehydration, so the treatment is drinking more fluids. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Is it possible to ever get off blood pressure medicine? What tests need to be done to know the cause of high blood pressure?
Stroke: Two type of stroke: hemorrhagic (bleeding) stroke ischemic (non-bleeding) stroke common symptoms: speech difficulty loss of speech double vision loss of vision focal weakness focal numbness facial weakness (abnormal face) identify the cause of stroke such as high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, irregular heart rhythm, etc. Optimal control of stroke risk factors physical therapy. ...Read more
How low can your heart rate be along with idea blood pressure. How low can both go until you can have a problem. What would result in them being low?
What's a hi and low blood pressure rate that would cause cern. Meaning how high how low can too # be. How low can bottom # be?
Talk to your doctor: The normal blood pressure can be in the range of 110-130 systolic (top number) with the diastolic number (bottom #) ranging from 60-75. However, depending on your age and other medical conditions it can range higher or lower. High blood pressure can cause several medical emergencies, as well as low blood pressure resulting in dizziness or lightheadedness. Talk to your doctor about this. ...Read more
It's not the numbers: A normal BP is less than or equal to 135 on top and 85 on bottom. The lower, the better unless you're dizzy or passing out. Some very healthy people normally run a BP of 80-90 on the top number and that's fine. High bps increase long term risk. Very high bps (like >200/>110) that are also associated with symptoms like chest pain, breathlessness or confusion are considered an emergency. ...Read more
BP medications...: 55 y/o female asks, What can cause my BP to be too low? Example 100/66, 93/65. Technically, those numbers are not too low with <120/90 being normal. That said, BP medications themselves are the commonest causes of low BP for age. But a host of Endocrine & metabolic disorders;low thyroid, low Adrenal function, diuretics, low salt diet and more can also do it. To prevent Syncope/Falls best see MD. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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