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Doctor insights on: Effects Of Salt On Low Blood Pressure

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Would taking more salt in help my low blood pressure?

Would taking more salt in help my low blood pressure?

NO: Inreased salt intake will increase blood pressure. A diet rich in potassium can help with blood pressure. Low salt diets are very important in trating high blood pressure. ...Read more

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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Can it matter if you consume too much salt if you have low blood pressure?

Can it matter if you consume too much salt if you have low blood pressure?

Too much is too much: You need salt in the diet but too much is too much! there are many problem related to excessive intake of salt. ...Read more

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I have low blood pressure and haven't kknowingly taken salt for 50 years. should i start now?

I have low blood pressure and haven't kknowingly taken salt for 50 years. should i start now?

No, Why?: Usual systolic BP <120 mmHg correlates with ?ed rates of cardiovascular events, thus good. All life/food is based on salt water organized by fat (membranes surrounding complex water droplets, i.e. cells) so additional salt not commonly required. Despite marketing, ?ed NaCl salt intake does Not routinely raise BP. Primary BP control is by brain modulation of cardiac output & peripheral resistance. ...Read more

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I am craving salt so badly, i literally pour salt on a plate and start eating it throughout the day. I also have chronic low blood pressure...?

I am craving salt so badly, i literally pour salt on a plate and start eating it throughout the day. I also have chronic low blood pressure...?

Salt craving: There are several reasons for craving salt. Dehydration, addison's disease, thyroid disfunction, and iodine deficiency are some reasons. Your family doctor (general practitioner) can run some blood tests that may reveal the reason. ...Read more

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Low blood pressure upon standing and walking around? Am I not eating enough salt?

Low blood pressure upon standing and walking around?  Am I not eating enough salt?

Orthostasis: Actually it is likely not related to salt at all, but may be due to lack of enough fluids. In the spring and fall when the weather is not too hot we often forget to drink enough fluids, and water is the best of these. Recommendations are eight glasses of water each day, so nex time you feel lightheaded, try drinking a glass of water. ...Read more

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How do I keep myself from fainting due to low blood pressure? Im 292lbs so I try to avoid salt at all costs.

How do I keep myself from fainting due to low blood pressure? Im 292lbs so I try to avoid salt at all costs.

Perhaps too low salt: You don't have to severely restrict salt intake unless you have water retention from heart problems. If it is okay with your doctor, increase your salt intake modestly to see if you can avoid fainting spells. Wearing support stockings or an abdominal binder may also help. ...Read more

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I eat Celtic Sea Salt and Redmond Real Salt and have low blood pressure and its normal I think only table salt that is processed is bad for us! Do you?

I eat Celtic Sea Salt and Redmond Real Salt and have low blood pressure and its normal I think only table salt that is processed is bad for us! Do you?

Salt is Salt: Salt is NaCl (Sodium Chloride). The other "salts" contain various amounts of other minerals like magnesium, potassium and others. This affects their taste not their function. "Processed" salt sometimes contains Iodine. Any salt is not "bad" for us. It is actually a necessary nutrient. Excessive salt can be harmful for some people. Processed or not is essentially irrelevant. ...Read more

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Should you still follow a low salt diet even if you have low blood pressure? 100/60

Should you still follow a low salt diet even if you have low blood pressure?  100/60

Low salt diet : Probably not necessary to be on a strict low salt diet. Consuming everything in moderation is usually a good rule of thumb. I think just avoiding very salty foods would be adequate. ...Read more

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60 year old woman with very low blood pressure on low-salt diet (by choice). Good idea or is that a problem?

60 year old woman with very low blood pressure on low-salt diet (by choice). Good idea or is that a problem?

Not problem: 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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I have low blood pressure my body don't make salt I was told by heart dr when they did the tile table test I pass out heart dr found fews things wrong?

I have low blood pressure my body don't make salt I was told by heart dr when they did the tile table test I pass out heart dr found fews things wrong?

Be guided by: your heart doctor. I ALWAYS say straighten all else up you can. Exercise, weight lift PROGRESSIVLEY, no smoking, 90 % whole foods nearly vegan diet, be trim, limit alcohol to 4 drinks a week, no sweets. Probably wearing some support garments may help & when u change positions, clench your fists TIGHT to raise your BP. See www.thepmc.org website ...Read more

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Is it safe to take m amphet salts if you have low blood pressure?

Is it safe to take m amphet salts if you have low blood pressure?

For ADD, yes: I'm assuming this is an add medication question. If so, then the answer is a categorical yes, barring any other contraindications for the meds. If you're talking about recreational amphetamines or abuse of add meds, then no - significant damage can occur, though it'll have nothing to do with low blood pressure. ...Read more

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I have lupus. Recent sodium level was 134 (normal is 135-145). Have been suffering from low blood pressures. Should I be concerned or not?

I have lupus. Recent sodium level was 134 (normal is 135-145).  Have been suffering from low blood pressures.  Should I be concerned or not?

We need more info: The 134 is not dangerous. The level depends on medication, renal function, and other problems and processes within your body. This is a specific problem and your physician can best answer it. ...Read more

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Have lupus & POTS. Having low blood pressures, lightheaded, nightsweats, extreme nigttime polyuria. MD ordered 24 hr urine sodium collection. Why?

Have lupus & POTS. Having low blood pressures, lightheaded, nightsweats,  extreme nigttime polyuria. MD ordered 24 hr urine sodium collection. Why?

To differentiate : In prerenal failure like from dehydration sodium will be too low in the urine.In true renal failure like that can happen in Lupus you will not be able to conserve the sodium and will leak . So by this test doctors can learn a lot ...Read more

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Have lupus & POTS. Having low blood pressures, lightheaded, nightsweats, extreme nigttime polyuria. MD ordered 24 hr urine sodium collection. Why?

Have lupus & POTS. Having low blood pressures, lightheaded, nightsweats, extreme nigttime polyuria. MD ordered 24 hr urine sodium collection. Why?

POTS and sodium: Excreting less than 124 mmol per 24 hours of sodium in the urine predicts if you will respond favorably to salt supplementation. One also is advised to increase fluid intake to prevent the BP from dropping and the heart rate from rising ( typically above 120 b/m ) upon standing. If sodium is excreted in larger amounts chances are other therapies will be needed ( B blockers, fludrocortisone etc ) ...Read more

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Been having low blood pressure and seeing white dots all the time should I go to a&e?

Been having low blood pressure and seeing white dots all the time should I go to a&e?

Low BP?: what are your numbers? Have you fainted? Are you on mediciation? Have you had ambulatory BP monitoring> Get amedicalexam and evaluation. ...Read more

Dr. Julie Abbott
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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