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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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Is hypertension or hypotension more common?

Hypertension: Hypertension is elevated blood pressure from a variety of causes, but particularly aging, obesity, poor diet, etc all make it worse or start younger. Since these are many of the hallmarks of the modern lifestyle (well , aging comes with all lifestyles), hypertension is much more common. Hypotension (low blood pressure) can come from the wrong dose of blood pressure meds, or some heart problems. ...Read more

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How common is it for somebody to get postural hypotension?

How common is it for somebody to get postural hypotension?

That depends: Almost anyone can get a drop in blood pressure when standing up suddenly if he or she is dehydrated at the time (for example, if it's a warm day and you've forgotten to take in enough fluids) or has had alcohol or a medication that opens up blood vessels (some blood pressure meds). Less frequently, it can be caused by an abnormal response by your nervous system to the change in posture. ...Read more

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What are common reasons for low blood pressure in adults?

Fluid: Dehydration is the commonest cause. Addison's disease is a rare cause. Sepsis is an ominous cause. Cardiogenic shock is a terminal cause. Low BP can be completely normal in some people too! ...Read more

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How common is it to have low blood pressure?

How common is it to have low blood pressure?

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 more

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Can you please list the common causes of low blood pressure?

Can you please list the common causes of low blood pressure?

Many: Low blood pressure is generally result of pump failure -either rate or force of contraction - in adequate amount of circulating blood volume. This could be due to a decrease in the amount of fluid in the intravascular space or an increase in the intravascular space itself. ...Read more

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Are you an expert knowing what the common symptom is to call 999 for a casualty with low blood pressure

Loe bp: if symptomatic with low bp; lightheaded, fainting, dizzy, overdosing meds, dehydrated from diarrhea/vomiting,low food/water intake? or urinary tract infection? if not see your dr for ekg/bp checks; bring in list of home readings; omron bp kit only 30 dollars. check at least 3x/week , bring in 10 or more readings ...Read more