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Dr. Jerome Zacks
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Hypotension (Definition)

Hypotension is also known as Low blood pressure. 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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What does it mean to have low blood pressure? I thought young people are supposed to be low.

What does it mean to have low blood pressure? I thought young people are supposed to be low.

Low BP: Low blood pressure is not considered as serious as high blood pressure, assuming you do not have symptoms. A normal blood pressure is when the reading is 120/80. Anything below those numbers is considered low. There is no specific blood pressure reading that is considered dangerously low, as it can vary with different individuals. ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get low blood pressure?

Do a lot of people get low blood pressure?

Low blood pressure: Low blood pressure (BP) is not really a disease condition. In general, for your health, the lower your bp, the better. The exception to this is when you get symptoms like lighted-headedness or dizziness when you stand up or feel like you're about to faint. There are individuals whose BP is 80/50, and they feel fine. Other people may have 100/60 and feel dizzy because that is low for them. ...Read more

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What are the causes of people having low blood pressure?

What are the causes of people having low blood pressure?

Blood pressure: Decreased intravascular volume and decrease systemic vascular resistance, the blood pressure can also be low because of small stroke volume and low cardiac output. ...Read more

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Can you tell me some exercise program/dvds for people with low blood pressure?

Can you tell me some exercise program/dvds for people with low blood pressure?

See doctor first: It depends on how low your BP is and if you have symptomatic low bp. Like most exercise dvd's state....Check with your doctor before starting this exercise program. ...Read more

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Why would beta blockers be used for pots if people with pots have low blood pressure when standing?

Why would beta blockers be used for pots if people with pots have low blood pressure when standing?

Beta blockers: Beta blockers such as atenolol, metoprolol and propanolol are often prescribed to treat pots because they slow down the excessive heart rate response (tachycardia) that pots patients experience. They also work by blocking the effects of Epinephrine and norepinephrine released by the autonomic nervous system, they also block or lessen sympathetic nerve impulses. ...Read more

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What are the dangers of low blood pressure?

What are the dangers of low blood pressure?

How low?: It's normal for healthy 30 year olds to have "low bp" and this is actually a sign of above average health. For instance, 80/60 if you're feeling fine and otherwise healthy would be very good. But if your normal BP is 140/80, you become ill, and your BP drops to 80/60, it's quite serious! so, it's relative. There are limits: i've never seen a healthy adult with a BP of <80 systolic (top number). ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Berry
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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


Dr. Jerome Zacks
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Abnormal Blood Pressure (Definition)

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