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What To Do When Your Blood Pressure Is Low
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
"Low" is semantic: "normal" blood pressure is an arbitrary thing--i.e. Lower cutoffs of 100 systolic, 60 diastolic were created b/c above these are where the vast majority of people fall. However, many healthy people, as well as some people with heart or liver disease who are perfectly stable, have BP in the 80-90s range. The main point is if it is a change from your personal baseline, and whether you have symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Blood pressure: If we make the assumption you are otherwise normal, you may just have baseline stroke volume and peripheral vascular resistance that yields a low but normal pressure. As soon as we allow abnormal considerations low blood volume, low stroke volume, low resistance and reasons for them all come into play. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
May not need to: It is in general better to have a low blood pressure, you will live longer. If it is very low because of some acute problem and the output of the heart is low, that is a horse of a different color. That is called shock. It might result in a low urine output, confusion, and even unconsciousness. The treatment would depend on the cause such as dehydration, bleeding, infection, or whatever. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Just a number: Well 120/80 has been considered average. Under 100 is getting low. But what is more important is how do you feel. If you feel well, i would not worry about a low blood pressure. Actually people with a low blood pressure live longer. I have seen patients with a pressure of 80/60 who feel quite well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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