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Doctor insights on: What To Do If Your Blood Pressure Is Low

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Dr. Darrin Cunningham
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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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How can you determine if your blood pressure is high or low when checked and if your heart rate is normal?

How can you determine if your blood pressure is high or low when checked and if  your heart rate is normal?

Need to know normal: Goal for most patients is to have top blood pressure below 140 (under 135 for diabetics) and bottom pressure under 90 (under 85 for diabetics). It is not unusual to have an occasional blood pressure reading be above this. Goal pulse is 60-100, although not unusual to be in 50's. Medication is presribed to treat the general trend of bp's. ...Read more

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What should you do if your blood is very low?

Anemia: If you are anemic(low red blood count), your body is either losing blood, not making blood or destroying blood. There are various tests to find out what type of anemia you have and its cause. Different types of anemia have different treatments. ...Read more

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What to do for low blood pressure?

What to do for low blood pressure?

Depends: Low blood pressure might be a good thing. People live longer. It's just a number. If you feel fine, it is unlikely a problem. Now if you are sick and it is low, the treatment depends on the cause. For instance, bleeding. Stop the bleeding and give blood transfusion. Dehydration. Give fluids by mouth or intravenously. Infection. Give antibiotics. Adrenal insufficiency, give hormone replacement. ...Read more

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What to do when low blood pressure is causing problems?

What to do when low blood pressure is causing problems?

Depends on cause: A full work up is required. Full h&p with labs holter , echo, tilt table etc. Once a likely diagnosis is found a taylored therapy can implemented. ...Read more

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What if my blood pressure is to low?

Merits evaluation.: This merits a careful evaluation, starting with taking your blood pressure sitting and standing. A thorough evaluation includes taking your history, a physical exam, certain blood and urine tests and, in some instances, some special tests. The cause is first determined, then therapy can commence. ...Read more

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What is good to help you raise your blood pressure? Or is it norma 98/59?

What is good to help you raise your blood pressure? Or is it norma 98/59?

Blood pressure: If you are not having any symptoms such as lightheadedness or weakness, this blood pressure value may be fine for you. However to increase your blood pressure you can drink fluids with sodium such as broth or soups. You can also eat pretzels or potato chips. ...Read more

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What will having low blood pressure do to the body?

What will having low blood pressure do to the body?

Blood pressure: The blood pressure is what keeps the blood moving around the body. Too low and you have shock and death. Too high and you have increased chance of stroke, heart attack and kidney failure. ...Read more

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What to do if my blood pressure and pulse are too high to be going to the gym?

What to do if my blood pressure and pulse are too high to be going to the gym?

See your doctor: You may potentially benefit from so-named rate control medications as well as likely some degree of anxiety control. You definetily need to be evaluated by your doctor who will order treatment to help you start regular exercise. ...Read more

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When you are pregnant and your blood pressure is low what does that mean?

When you are pregnant and your blood pressure is low what does that mean?

Pregnancy and BP: During the 1st trimester of pregnancy it is normal for your blood pressure to fall below it's normal levels. Blood pressure then slowly rises throughout the remainder of the pregnancy. If your BP becomes elevated at any time during pregnancy, this may be a sign of preeclampsia, and you should see your OB immediately. ...Read more

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What to do to increase blood pressure if dizzy?

What to do to increase blood pressure if dizzy?

Have it checked/caus: If you have very low BP and are getting symptoms from it like dizziness and lightheadedness, chest pain only than you need to raise your bp. But before that you need to be examined and investigated to find the cause of your low bp if so eat extra salt and more fluids, if there is no cause f. ...Read more

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If your body has low blood pressure, what does it do to try and correct it?

If your body has low blood pressure, what does it do to try and correct it?

Low blood pressure: the body retains fluid to increase the volume of fluid in the vasculature and contracts the peripheral vessels to do the same thing ...Read more

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What should you do to raise your blood pressure?

What should you do to raise your blood pressure?

Blood pressure: Talking to my older son will usually raise my blood pressure. If you don't know him you could try increasing the salt in your diet and making sure you are well hydrated. ...Read more

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What to do if your systolic and diastolic pressure is high?

What to do if your systolic and diastolic pressure is high?

See doc, likely meds: Elevated systolic and diastolic BP implies likely needs for meds to control bp. If elevations are borderline high (130-140/80-90), would suggest checking at home, and then consider weight loss, alcohol and salt restriction to help. If frequent rechecks still show BP often in excess of 140/90, need to start med, along with physical exam and lab tests. ...Read more

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How high and low does your blood pressure have to get to where its considered dangerous?

How high and low does your blood pressure have to get to where its considered dangerous?

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

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What happens to the heart if you have high blood pressure?

What happens to the heart if you have high blood pressure?

Thickens: High blood pressure over time results in response called hyper trophy. This affects the main pumping chamber, the left ventricle. The chronic pressure overload can also cause the left upper chamber to dilate which can lead to arrhythmia such as atrial fibrillation. The end stage result can be heart failure. ...Read more

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How can you tell if your blood pressure is very high?

See doctor: Your family doctor can check your blood pressure, and some drug stores have machines that screen for high blood pressure. If your pressure is high it needs to be treated, because it can lead to kidney failure, stroke and heart attacks. ...Read more

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What should you do when your blood sugar gets to high?

What should you do when your blood sugar gets to high?

Your doctor can help: You need medical attention in case your blood sugar is high as it requires treatment to control the high sugar. If you are not known to be a diabetic, you will need to start treatment for it. In case you already have diabetes, then you know the answers as to how to seek medical help and get medication to control the sugar. ...Read more