Low Blood Pressure Treatment

The heart pumps blood for good circulation in the body. The circulatory process is called blood pressure. Whenever a person gets excited, afraid, and angry – the blood pressure increases or decreases. Blood pressure is also related to pulse rate. Whenever there is too much or too less blood flow in the body, there comes a deficiency or disease.

Hypotension is a deficiency pertaining to low blood pressure. This sickness is more common to young women. Even if one has low blood pressure, one should be alarmed because this is a serious condition. In some cases, this condition is caused by improper functioning of the endocrine glands or by the circulatory system.

How will a person determine that one has hypotension? If one is experiencing headaches, dizziness when getting up, not being energetic or weak pulse may have hypotension. However, this is not a symptom of ill health. In many cases, people who have low blood pressure enjoy healthier and longer lives than individuals whose blood pressure is closer to average.

There are countless treatments for this circumstance. It could be taking prescription medicines or any form of detoxification may be helpful. Nevertheless, there is an option or more affordable way to prevent or to treat hypotension. This is through Chinese medicines.

There are herbs that could help treat hypotension. These include ginseng, oats, and hawthorn berries. In addition, there are traditional Chinese medicines that are useful for blood circulation improvements. These include Dang Shen, Huang Qi, Dang Gui,Huang Jing, Bai Zhu, Wu Wei Zi, mix-fried Ma Huang, Zhi Ke, Sheng Ma, and mix-fried Gan Cao. The advantage of taking these medicines is that one can get them simply at their on backyard. This also could prevent from frequent doctor and hospital visits. No matter what the case may be, a good medical examination is still best move to determine the condition in order to treat and prevent low blood pressure.

Other Chinese remedies are:

Cure Low Blood Pressure With Dandelion Root Powder

Dandelion root is known as an effective blood purifier because of its nutritive salts building up in the blood.

Polysaccharide insulin is also found in its root and it has immune-boosting properties for white blood cells.

Take 1 teaspoon of this medicine 3 times a day depending on the severity of your health condition.

Pu-Chung-I-Chi-Tang remedies For Low Blood Pressure

This Chinese medicine formula is a combination of ginseng and astragalus, which is an herb tonic.

This combination is good for one's blood pressure when taken regularly. The formula can be consumed as tea or taken in powder form. As tea, put half teaspoon of shredded roots in a cup of water then boil it for one and half minutes. Let it stand for 20 minutes and drink it once or twice in a day. As powder, mix one gram pulverized roots in three tablespoons of water and take two to three times daily.

Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan for Low Blood Pressure Treatment

Tian wang bu xin tan is a traditional Chinese medicine that helps in treating low blood pressure.

It serves as a tonic for the heart blood. This formulation is effective because of its natural content that comes from different Chinese herbs.

Take this with guidance of a doctor for best result in maintaining normal blood pressure.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What is the treatment for low blood pressure?
    I have very low blood pressure with very bad symptoms.. How do I get my blood pressure to a normal range? Is there any medicine?

    • ANSWER:
      Symptomatic low blood pressure can be a consequence of cardiovascular disease. You need to see a doctor (perhaps a cardiologist) to find out why your blood pressure is so low.

      Low blood pressure is harmless if it causes no symptoms, and requires no treatment. But if you feel symptoms, the cause and treatment need to be determined by a physician.

  2. QUESTION:
    Is there a treatment for low blood pressure?
    I fainted at work this week. The doctor said my blood pressure is low, and I probably stood up too quickly. I don't want it happening again, so what is the answer?

    • ANSWER:
      There is no treatment for low blood pressure. It is generally considered an advantage as it reduces stroke risk to below normal. You are describing an episode of what is called postural hypotension. When you stood up quickly you blood pressure failed to rise quickly enough to compensate for your new position. The only recommended advice for this is to get up more slowly. The problem tends to get worse with age and again has no other treatment.

  3. QUESTION:
    Is there treatment for low blood pressure?
    Last time i went to the doctor, the nurse told me i had low blood pressure.

    But she never did anything about it. Like my doctor didn't say anything, and they did nothing about it. Why?

    should i go back to doctor? I do get lightheaded and feel like blacking out sometimes.

    • ANSWER:

  4. QUESTION:
    what is the treatment for Low Blood pressure?
    I am 27 yrs old & got married to my collegue just 11months back and now i travel more than before. I feel very tired by the time i go back to my house. i am an assistant architect and also manage the front office.As i sit for a long time i have severeback pain. I think i sometimes eat a lot or sometimes i dont and i also have gastritis . How do I overcome all these?

    • ANSWER:
      Low blood pressure is an abnormal condition where a person's blood pressure (the pressure of the blood against the walls of the blood vessels during and after each beat of the heart) is much lower than usual, which can cause symptoms such as dizziness or lightheadedness.

      When the blood pressure is too low, there is inadequate blood flow to the heart, brain, and other vital organs.

      A blood pressure level that is borderline low for one person may be normal for another. The most important factor is how the blood pressure changes from the normal condition. Most normal blood pressures fall in the range of 90/60 mm Hg to 130/80 mm Hg, but a significant change, even as little as 20 mm Hg, can cause problems for some people.

      Causes of Low Blood Pressure or Hypotension
      Conditions that reduce the volume of blood, reduce cardiac output (the amount of blood pumped by the heart), and medications are frequent causes of low blood pressure.

      Causes of low blood pressure due to low blood volume

      • Dehydration is common among patients with diarrhea who lose large amounts of water in their stool, particularly when drowsiness limits their drinking of fluids or is associated with nausea and vomiting. Dehydration also can occur with prolonged vomiting of any cause because of the loss of water in the vomitus. Other causes of dehydration include exercise, sweating, fever, and heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Individuals with mild dehydration may experience only thirst and dry mouth. Moderate to severe dehydration may cause orthostatic hypotension (manifest by light-headedness, dizziness or fainting upon standing). Protracted and severe dehydration can lead to shock, kidney failure, confusion, acidosis (too much acid in the blood), coma, and even death. For more, please read the Dehydration article.

      • Moderate or severe bleeding can quickly deplete an individual’s body of blood, leading to low blood pressure or orthostatic hypotension.

      • Severe inflammation of organs inside the body such as acute pancreatitis can cause low blood pressure. In acute pancreatitis, fluid leaves the blood to enter the inflamed tissues around the pancreas as well as the abdominal cavity, depleting the volume of blood.

      Causes of low blood pressure due to heart disease

      • Weakened heart muscle can cause the heart to fail and reduce the amount of blood it pumps. One common cause of weakened heart muscle is the death of a large portion of the heart’s muscle due to a single, large heart attack or repeated smaller heart attacks. Other examples of conditions that can weaken the heart include medications that are toxic to the heart, infections of the muscle of the heart by viruses (myocarditis), and diseases of the heart’s valves such as aortic stenosis.

      • Pericarditis is an inflammation of the pericardium (the sac surrounding the heart). Pericarditis can cause fluid to accumulate within the pericardium and around the heart, restricting the ability of the heart to pump blood.

      • Pulmonary embolism is a condition in which a blood clot in a vein (a condition called deep vein thrombosis) breaks off and travels to the heart and eventually the lung. A large blood clot can block the flow of blood into the left ventricle from the lungs and severely diminish the ability of the heart to pump blood.

      • A slow heart rate (bradycardia) can decrease the amount of blood pumped by the heart. The resting heart rate for a healthy adult is between 60 and 100 beats/minute. Bradycardia (resting heart rates slower than 60 beats/minute) does not always cause low blood pressure. But in many patients bradycardia can lead to low blood pressure, light-headedness, dizziness, and even fainting.

      One example of bradycardia, sick sinus syndrome, occurs common in the elderly. This syndrome is due to degeneration of the sinus node (SA node), an area in the heart that generates electrical signals that cause the heart to beat regularly. In the sick sinus syndrome, the diseased SA node cannot generate signals fast enough to maintain a normal heart rate. Another condition that causes bradycardia is heart block. Electrical signals from the SA node must travel to the rest of the heart’s muscle to cause the heart to contract and pump blood. Normally these electrical signals are transmitted along special tissues in the heart. Heart block occurs when these specialized tissues are damaged by heart attacks, degeneration that occurs with aging, and medications. Heart block prevents some or all of the electrical signals generated by the SA node from reaching the rest of the heart, and this prevents the heart from contracting as rapidly as it otherwise would.

      • An abnormally fast heart rate (tachycardia) also can cause low blood pressure. The most common example of tachycardia causing low blood pressure is atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation is a disorder of the heart characterized by rapid and irregular electrical discharges from the muscle of the heart (instead of the SA node), causing the ventricles to contract irregularly and (usually) rapidly. The rapidly contracting ventricles do not have enough time to fill maximally with blood before the each contraction, and the amount of blood that is pumped decreases, in spite of the faster heart rate.

      Medications that cause low blood pressure

      • Medications such as calcium channel blockers, beta blockers, and digoxin (Lanoxin) can slow the rate at which the heart contracts.

      • Medications used in treating high blood pressure (such as ACE inhibitors, angiotensin receptor blockers, beta-blockers, calcium channel blockers, and alpha-blockers) can excessively lower blood pressure and result in symptomatic low blood pressure especially among the elderly.

      • Diuretics (water pills) such as furosemide (Lasix) can decrease blood volume by causing excessive urination.

      • Medications used for treating depression, such as amitriptyline (Elavil), Parkinson’s disease, such as levodopa-carbidopa (Sinemet), erectile dysfunction (impotence), such as sildenafil (Viagra) when used in combination with nitroglycerine, can cause low blood pressure

      • Alcohol and narcotics also can cause low blood pressure.
      Other condition s that cause low blood pressure

      • Vasovagal reaction is a common condition in which a healthy person temporarily develops low blood pressure, slow heart rate, and sometimes fainting. A vasovagal reaction typically is brought on by emotions of fear or pain such as having blood drawn or starting an intravenous infusion.

      • Postural (orthostatic) hypotension, as discussed previously, is a sudden drop in blood pressure when an individual stands up from a sitting, squatting, or supine (lying) position. When a person stands up, gravity causes blood to settle in the veins in the legs, hence less blood reaches the heart for pumping, and, as a result, the blood pressure drops.

      • Another form of postural hypotension occurs typically in young healthy individuals. After prolonged standing, the individual’s heart rate and blood pressure drops, causing dizziness, nausea and often fainting. In these individuals, the autonomic nervous system wrongly responds to prolonged standing by directing the heart to slow down and the veins to dilate.

      • Micturition syncope is a temporary drop in blood pressure and loss of consciousness brought about by urinating. This condition typically occurs in elderly patients and may be due to the release by the autonomic nerves of hormones that lower blood pressure.

      • Adrenal insufficiency, for example, due to Addison’s disease, can cause low blood pressure.

      • Septicemia is a severe infection in which bacteria (or other infectious organisms such as fungi) enter the blood. The infection typically originates in the lungs (as pneumonia), bladder, or in the abdomen due to diverticulitis or gallstones. The bacteria then enter the blood where they release toxins and cause life-threatening and profound low blood pressure (septic shock), often with damage to several organs.

      • Anaphylaxis (anaphylactic shock) is a potentially fatal allergic reaction to medications such as penicillin, intravenous iodine used in some x-ray studies, foods such as peanuts, or bee stings. In addition to a profound drop in blood pressure, individuals may also experience hives, wheezing, and a swollen throat with difficulty breathing.

      Symptoms of Hypotension, Low Blood Pressure
      When blood pressure is too low, the first organ to malfunction is usually the brain because it is located at the top of the body and blood has to fight gravity to reach the brain. Consequently, most people with low blood pressure feel dizzy or light-headed when they stand, and some may even faint. However, if blood pressure is low enough, brain damage can still occur.

      Low blood pressure occasionally causes shortness of breath or chest pain due to an inadequate blood supply to the heart muscle (angina). All organs begin to malfunction if blood pressure becomes sufficiently low and remains low; this condition is called shock (see Shock).

      Some symptoms occur when the body's compensatory mechanisms try to increase blood pressure that is low. For example, when arterioles constrict, blood flow to the skin, feet, and hands decreases. These areas may become cold and turn blue. When the heart beats more quickly and more forcefully, a person may feel palpitations (awareness of heartbeats).

      Treatment of Low Blood Pressure, Hypotension
      Conventional Treatment

      Low blood pressure in healthy subjects without symptoms or organ damage needs no treatment. All patients with symptoms possibly due to low blood pressure should be evaluated by a doctor. The doctor needs to identify the cause of the low blood pressure since treatment will depend on the cause.

      • Dehydration is treated with fluids and minerals (electrolytes). Mild dehydration without nausea and vomiting can be treated with oral fluids and electrolytes. Moderate to severe dehydration usually is treated with intravenous fluids and electrolytes.

      • Blood loss can be treated with intravenous fluids and blood transfusions. If bleeding is continuing, it needs to be treated as well.

      • Septicemia is treated with intravenous fluids and antibiotics or other medicines.

      • Blood pressure medications or diuretics are adjusted, changed, or stopped by the doctor if they are causing low blood pressure symptoms.

      • Bradycardia may be due to a medication. The doctor may reduce, change or stop the medication. Bradycardia due to sick sinus syndrome or heart block is treated with an implantable pacemaker.

      • Tachycardia is treated depending on the nature of the tachycardia. Atrial fibrillation can be treated with oral medications, electrical cardioversion, or a catheterization procedure called pulmonary vein isolation. Ventricular tachycardia can be controlled with medications or with an implantable defibrillator.

      • Pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis is treated with blood thinners, intravenous heparin initially and oral warfarin later.

      • Pericardial fluid can be removed by a procedure called pericardiocentesis.

      • Postural hypotension can be treated by increasing water and salt intake, using compression stockings to compress the leg veins and reduce the pooling of blood in the veins. Increasing salt intake can lead to heart failure in patients with existing heart disease and should not be undertaken without consulting a doctor.

      Homeopathic Medicines for Hypotension, Low Blood Pressure
      Homeopathy can not just give symptomatic relief in cases of hypotension but can also address many root causes of low blood pressure like Bradychardia, Tachycardia, Pericarditis, Schock, Speticiemia, Vasovagal attack, inflammation etc.

      The most commonly indicated homeopathic medicines in low blood pressure are:

      Carbo-veg, Phos, Sepia, Thyroidinum, Baryta-mur, Aconite, Aranea, Cactus, Curare, Gelsemium, Halo, Histamine, Lachesis, Lyco, Naja, Rauwolfia, Reserprine, Visc., Radium, Theridion, Oleander, Laurocrasis, Acid flour, Adrenalin, Ars alb, Aurum mur, Bartya carb, Bryonia, Crataegus China, Conium, Ferrum met, lycopus, Nat mur, Pulsatilla.

      Homeopathy treats the person as a whole. It means that homeopathic treatment focuses on the patient as a person, as well as his pathological condition. The homeopathic medicines are selected after a full individualizing examination and case-analysis, which includes the medical history of the patient, physical and mental constitution etc.

      Taken from :- http://www.hpathy.com/diseases/blood-low-pressure-symptoms-treatment.asp

      Take Care and God Bless !

  5. QUESTION:
    What is the treatment for High blood pressure and Low blood pressure?

    • ANSWER:
      The main treatments will be administered by your GP, you can find more information on the treatments and causes by searching for HYPERTENSION - high blood pressure and HYPOTENSION - low blood pressure. there are many natural solutions that can be done to change both these conditions. A change in diet, exercise, weight-loss (if overweight)and to stop smoking can bring down your blood pressure amounts other lifestyle changes. for low blood pressure symptoms try this link http://www.medterms.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=3864

  6. QUESTION:
    LOW BLOOD PRESSURE: causes, treatment and prevention?
    thank you so much for your time, it is greatly appreciated! : )

    • ANSWER:
      Low blood pressure is caused by unintentional dehydration.

      Doctors are telling people that water isn't that important when they advise "drink plenty of fluids". "Fluids" include everything under the sun that contribute to dehydration. The body functions on water and doesn't compromise.

      While many of the alternatives do contain water, they also act like diuretics in that they can pull out as much as 50% more water than they provide. Doctors know this, but promote the "fluids", anyway. I'll explain why later.

      Low blood pressure and high blood pressure are similar with one main difference.

      Both begin at the cellular level.

      Every cell in the body needs nutrients that are delivered by water and salt - one of salt's main functions at the cellular level is to remove the toxins. If the cells don't get enough water, they malfunction and cause health problems.

      When the body senses a drought condition it rations the water to make it available to those organs that absolutely could not function properly on low water levels. It then must look for other water sources. One of the more common sources for water to inject into the cells is from the blood, which is made up of 94% water.

      Taking the water from the blood causes the blood to thicken and the arteries to constrict due to the loss of fluid. This requires the heart to have to work harder to pump the blood, raising the blood pressure in the process, causing high blood pressure.

      Low blood pressure is caused the same way, except the with low blood pressure, the arteries don't constrict like they do with high blood pressure. This leaves the arteries open, preventing the heart from building enough pressure.

      Another thing that happens when the blood thickens is the salt that was mixed with the water gets concentrated. Doctors see this concentration of salt and call it "excess", blaming it on the cause of the high blood pressure. But this isn't the cause. The high blood pressure is caused by the heart having to pump the thickened blood through the narrower arteries - in other words, it happens because the water was removed from the blood - due to dehydration.

      The three most important substances that sustain life are, in order, oxygen, water and salt. Besides the large make up of water and salt in the blood, the tissues contain 75% water and salt and the brain 85% water and salt. With this much salt occurring naturally in the body, where do doctors justify telling us that salt is dangerous?

      The drug companies and their emissaries - the medical profession - can't regulate the oxygen we breathe, but, through misinformation and outright lies, they do control the water and salt that we consume.

      Without water and salt we would die. Maintaining low amounts of water and salt and we develop health problems. It's funny that the same doctors who tell us that water is unimportant and that salt is bad for us are the same doctors who are right there to "help" us when we get sick.

      Doctors don't recognize dehydration as the cause of health problems unless they can treat / prevent it with a saline IV in the ER at a cost of 5. But they won't teach their patients how to the same thing at home for free (orally, not intravenously). Suddenly, dehydration becomes the result of some diseases, but never the cause.

      Imagine the money that would be saved if people learned that their health could greatly improve by increasing their water and salt intake - imagine the money the drug companies would lose if people learned this, and imagine the money that doctors would lose if people learned this and they had less people to treat.

      As you can see, the reason doctors don't recognize that dehydration causes disease is because there's no profit in prescribing water.

      Lowering and raising one's blood pressure is treated the same way. Click on the link below to learn (free) how to do it.

  7. QUESTION:
    what are the treatment for low blood pressure?
    weakness, drowsyness, bitter taste, low back and pelvic pain, frequent urination and green veins showing in my skin and lossing weight

    • ANSWER:
      i have severe low blood pressure from a stroke but I manage it fairly well through:

      -eating lots of salt. I particularly recoment chicken bullion and top ramen with salt added to it
      -Rx Fludrocortisone
      -staying away from heat (no hot tubs, hot showeres, sitting in the sun)
      -wear blood pressure socks
      -drinking lots of water and gatorade

      -you may want to see an endocrinologist for extra help.

      Good Luck!

  8. QUESTION:
    what is the treatment & medicine name for Low Blood Pressure?
    what is the treatment & medicine name for Low Blood Pressure

    • ANSWER:
      Hypotension , hypo means low, tension refers to blood pressure.

  9. QUESTION:
    what is the treatment of low blood pressure?

    • ANSWER:
      beta agonists
      increase blood volume by giving electrolytes and increasing ADH (anti-diuretic hormone)
      increase vasoconstriction by using beta-agonists - this increases resistance and hence pressure as well

  10. QUESTION:
    How much pulse and "diastolic blood pressure" considered low? & treatment?
    particulerly when systolic blood pressure is borderline high?

    • ANSWER:
      Anything below 60 is considered low.
      Chronic low blood pressure can lead to life threatening Deep Vein Thrombosis(Blood Clots).

  11. QUESTION:
    Please some someone tell me if there is treatment for very low blood pressure?

    • ANSWER:
      First, define "very low"? In most cases "low" blood pressure does not require treatment because it's generally of no consequence. Lower than average BP is a relative thing and can usually be considered a normal healthy variant. Providing you aren't experiencing symptoms such as dizziness and fainting (that would indicate BP is so low it's unable to push blood around the body sufficiently) the number is not that important.

      Pathologically low blood pressure is rare and can be caused by different problems such as endocrine problems, certain cardiac issues and diabetes but I assume this has been excluded? Keep hydrated and change position slowly.

      The yanks advise adding salt to your drinking water, I find this idea abhorrent and unnecessary.

  12. QUESTION:
    Low Blood Pressure Diet Treatments?
    I have low blood pressure. How I can raise my blood pressure?

    • ANSWER:
      How low is your BP? Generally speaking low BP is only a problem if you are symptomatic. If your BP is too low (hypotention is defined as a symptomatic reading of below 90/60) then the underlying cause will need to be investigated. Treatment is the advised accordingly.

      Even if BP is below 90/60, it isn't necessarily a problem unless you are symptomatic or there has been a big drop in your average BP reading, if this is the case then of course low BP can be indicative of other problems.

      It is important you do NOT do this without your Drs say so and of course a confirmation that your BP is too low and needs treatment. Increasing salt in your diet will help (too much salt can lead to heart failure, so this must NOT be done without supervision), increase water intake-this will increase blood volume and drug therapy is sometimes needed

  13. QUESTION:
    what is the best treatment for low BP(blood pressure)?

    • ANSWER:
      Eat better. Lots of red meat, liver etc. Broccoli too.
      Spirullina helps a great deal too.

  14. QUESTION:
    hi! somebody can help what can i take for low blood pressure? or anykind of home treatment?

    • ANSWER:
      Try eating licquorice, that is supposed to increase blood pressure.

  15. QUESTION:
    Help please for Low-high blood-pressure....Best non-drug treatment for "Low high" - say 150/88 - hypertension?
    Biofeedback, Resperate, acupuncture, yoga, aerobics, any ideas?
    What works?

    • ANSWER:
      Actually, you have mentioned a lot of good alternatives. How do you feel about vitamins? Magnesium helps your muscles to relax and potassium helps regulate your heartbeat. DO NOT take a lot of potassium, more is not better in this case. Just take a daily supplement, the amount is on the bottle. Sometimes the body's electrolytes are out of balance and that can cause raised blood pressure, as can stress.

      Check with your doctor about herbal supplements. In California they have to let you try to lower your BP naturally before you take meds for it.

      Exercise is also a good remedy. Get that body flexible and strong.

      Looks like you are on the right track. I have used acupuncture and Resperate and they worked for me. Hypertension is hereditary in my family and so far I am the only one to keep my BP in line.

      Good luck and hang in there.

  16. QUESTION:
    What painkiller doesn't lower blood pressure?
    I have very low blood pressure and have trouble using painkillers like Tylenol that lower blood pressure as a treatment of pain. Does anyone know of any painkillers that treat pain without lowering blood pressure?

    • ANSWER:
      i would talk to your chemist before taking anything, they are really helpful and know allot about medications, you don't want to get the wrong advice..

  17. QUESTION:
    good medicine for Hypotension(low blood pressure)?
    what are some good treatments for low blood pressure?
    and where can i get it
    i live in las vegas

    thanks
    i feel weak, tired, dizzy
    i feel like im gonna throw up

    im 38 years old

    • ANSWER:

  18. QUESTION:
    I have been feeling dizzy and light headed my blood pressure is kind of low, should i get medical treatment?
    Since yesterday around 12 I started feeling dizzy, it got worse in the afternoon, I took my blood pressure. At first it was 112 over 59 and a half an hour later it was 114 over 64..... and a half an hour later it went to 105 over 54...and today it was 101 over 54... im still feeling lightheaded and somewhat dizzy.... should I be worried?

    • ANSWER:
      That isnt really low. But you need to go by how you feel. My blood pressure is average 94/60. and i start to feel kinda off. You might need to up your salt intake. That usually helps me. If you start passing out, or feeling really sick, then sick help. You best bet is to bring it up with your doctor. Its my guess since your top number is still in teh hundreds, the er is gonna just send you home. Mine gets as low as 83/50 which is low..and i have trouble. I wouldnt worry just yet.

  19. QUESTION:
    what's the best advice for very low blood pressure?
    My mother is 75, is not overweight and has had triple heart bypass surgery (years ago) but she gets very low blood pressure and can feel very unwell. She won't tell me how low and won't go to the doctor because she does not want any more invasive treatment. is there anything she can do herself?

    • ANSWER:
      My Friend Here are some advices, precautions and other details about low blood pressure. May the GOD give your mom Health.

      People who have lower blood pressures have a lower risk of strokes, kidney disease, and heart diseases. Athletes, people who exercise regularly, people who maintain ideal body weights, and non-smokers, tend to have lower blood pressures. Therefore, low blood pressure is desirable as long as it is not low enough to cause symptoms and damage to organs in the body.

      What are low blood pressure signs and symptoms?

      When the blood pressure is not sufficient to deliver enough blood to the organs of the body, the organs do not work properly and may be permanently damaged. For example, if insufficient blood flows to the brain, brain cells do not receive enough oxygen and nutrients, and a person can feel light-headed, dizzy, or even faint. Going from a sitting or lying position to a standing position often brings out the symptoms of low blood pressure. This occurs because standing causes blood to “settle” in the veins of the lower body, and this can lower the blood pressure. If the blood pressure is already low, standing can make the low pressure worse to the point of causing symptoms. (The development of light-headedness, dizziness, or fainting upon standing caused by low blood pressure is called orthostatic hypotension. Normal individuals are able to compensate rapidly for the low pressure created by standing with the responses discussed previously and do not develop orthostatic hypotension.)

      When there is insufficient blood pressure to deliver blood to the coronary arteries (the arteries that supply blood to the heart’s muscle), a person can develop chest pain (angina) or even a heart attack. When insufficient blood is delivered to the kidneys, the kidneys fail to eliminate wastes from the body, for example, urea and creatinine, and an increase in their levels in the blood occur (e.g., elevations of blood urea nitrogen or BUN and serum creatinine, respectively).

      Shock is a life-threatening condition where persistently low blood pressure causes organs such as kidney, liver, heart, lung, and brain to fail rapidly.

      Just a few decades ago, doctors thought a blood pressure reading of 160/95 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) was an acceptable target rate for most Americans. Today, those numbers are regarded as dangerously high, and blood pressure lower than 120/80 is considered optimal for good health.

      The ongoing downward revision of blood pressure standards had led some people to assume that just as you can't be too thin or too rich, your blood pressure can't be too low. But that's not always the case.

      Many people who have low blood pressure (hypotension) are healthy and have no signs or symptoms related to lower than normal readings. But for others, low blood pressure can cause dizziness and fainting or indicate serious heart, endocrine or neurological disorders. Severely low blood pressure can deprive the brain and other vital organs of oxygen and nutrients, leading to shock, a life-threatening condition.

      Signs and symptoms
      Some people with low blood pressure are in peak physical condition with strong cardiovascular systems and a reduced risk of heart attack and stroke. For these people, low blood pressure, rather than being a cause for concern, is a cause for celebration.

      But low blood pressure can also signal an underlying problem, especially when it drops suddenly or is accompanied by signs and symptoms such as:

      Dizziness or lightheadedness
      Fainting (syncope)
      Lack of concentration
      Blurred vision
      Nausea
      Cold, clammy, pale skin
      Rapid, shallow breathing
      Fatigue
      Depression
      Thirst

      Causes
      The heart is the prime mover of the circulatory system; with each beat it launches your blood on a journey through 60,000 miles of arteries, veins and capillaries, ultimately circulating about 2,000 gallons of blood each day.

      To do this, it contracts an average of 70 times a minute with the same amount of force you'd use to squeeze a tennis ball. Blood pressure is a measurement of the pressure in your arteries during the active and resting phases of each heartbeat. Here's what the numbers mean:

      Systolic pressure. The first number in a blood pressure reading, this is the amount of pressure your heart generates when pumping blood through your arteries to the rest of your body.
      Diastolic pressure.
      Diastolic pressure. The second number in a blood pressure reading, this refers to the amount of pressure in your arteries when your heart is at rest between beats.
      Although you can get an accurate blood pressure reading at any given time, blood pressure isn't static. It can vary considerably in a short amount of time — sometimes from one heartbeat to the next, depending on your body position, breathing rhythm, stress level, physical condition, the medications you take, what you eat and drink, and even the time of day. Blood pressure is usually lowest at night and rises sharply on waking.

      Blood pressure: How low can you go?
      Current guidelines identify normal blood pressure as lower than 120/80 — many experts think 115/75 is optimal. Higher readings indicate increasingly serious risks of cardiovascular disease. Even blood pressures formerly considered healthy — 120 to 139 systolic and 80 to 89 diastolic — are now believed to increase the risks. Low blood pressure, on the other hand, is much harder to quantify.

      Some experts define low blood pressure as readings lower than 90 systolic or 60 diastolic — you need have only one number in the low range for your blood pressure to be considered lower than normal. In other words, if your systolic pressure is a perfect 115, but your diastolic pressure is 50, you're considered to have lower than normal pressure.

      Yet this can be misleading because what constitutes low blood pressure is highly relative, varying considerably from one person to another. For that reason, doctors often consider chronically low blood pressure too low only if it causes noticeable signs and symptoms.

      On the other hand, a sudden fall in blood pressure can be dangerous. A change of just 20 mm Hg — a drop from 130 systolic to 110 systolic, for example — can cause dizziness and fainting when the brain fails to receive an adequate supply of blood. And precipitous plunges, especially those caused by uncontrolled bleeding, severe infections or allergic reactions can, be life-threatening.

      How low blood pressure gets that way
      Low blood pressure can be a boon when it results from a healthy lifestyle. Athletes and people who exercise regularly, for example, tend to have lower blood pressure than do people who aren't as fit. So, in general, do nonsmokers and people who eat well and maintain a normal weight.

      But in some instances, low blood pressure can be a sign of serious, even life-threatening disorders. And although the reason for lower than normal blood pressure isn't always clear, doctors know that the following factors can cause or contribute to low and sometimes to dangerously low readings:

      Pregnancy. Because a woman's circulatory system expands rapidly during pregnancy, blood pressure is likely to drop. In fact, during the first 24 weeks of pregnancy, systolic pressure commonly drops by five to 10 points and diastolic pressure by as much as 10 to 15 points.
      Medications. A number of drugs can cause low blood pressure, including diuretics and other drugs that treat hypertension; heart medications such as beta blockers; drugs for Parkinson's disease; tricyclic antidepressants; Viagra, particularly in combination with nitroglycerine; narcotics, and alcohol. Other prescription and over-the-counter medications may cause low blood pressure when taken in combination with high blood pressure drugs.
      Heart problems. Among the heart conditions that can lead to low blood pressure are an extremely low heart rate (bradycardia), problems with heart valves, heart attack and heart failure. These are conditions in which your heart may not be able to circulate enough blood to meet your body's needs.
      Endocrine problems. These include an underactive or overactive thyroid (hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism), adrenal insufficiency (Addison's disease) low blood sugar and in some cases, diabetes.
      Dehydration. Fever, vomiting, severe diarrhea, overuse of diuretics, and strenuous exercise can all lead to dehydration, a potentially serious condition in which your body loses more water than you take in. Even mild dehydration, a loss of as little as 1 percent to 2 percent of body weight, can cause weakness, dizziness and fatigue. Far more serious is hypovolemic shock, a life-threatening complication of dehydration. It occurs when low blood volume causes a sudden drop in blood pressure and a corresponding reduction in the amount of oxygen reaching your tissues. If untreated, severe hypovolemic shock can cause death within a few minutes or hours.
      Blood loss. A significant loss of blood from major trauma or severe internal bleeding reduces blood volume, leading to a severe drop in blood pressure.
      Severe infection (septic shock). Septic shock can occur when bacteria leave the original site of an infection — most often in the lungs, abdomen or urinary tract — and enter the bloodstream. The bacteria then produce toxins that affect your blood vessels, leading to a profound and life-threatening decline in blood pressure.
      Allergic reaction (anaphylaxis). Anaphylactic shock is a sometimes fatal allergic reaction that can occur in people who are highly sensitive to drugs such as penicillin, to certain foods such as peanuts, or to bee or wasp stings. This type of shock is characterized by breathing problems, hives, itching, a swollen throat and a sudden, dramatic fall in blood pressure.
      Postural (orthostatic) hypotension. This is a sudden decrease in systolic pressure, usually at least 20 mm Hg, when you stand up from a sitting or prone position. Ordinarily, blood pools in your legs whenever you stand, but your body compensates for this by increasing your heart rate and constricting blood vessels, thereby ensuring that enough blood returns to your brain. But in people with postural hypotension, this compensating mechanism fails and blood pressure falls, leading to dizziness, lightheadedness, blurred vision and even fainting. Postural hypotension can occur for a variety of reasons including dehydration, prolonged bed rest, diabetes, heart problems, burns, excessive heat, large varicose veins, adrenal insufficiency, and certain neurological disorders such as diabetic autonomic neuropathy and alcoholic polyneuropathy. A number of medications can also cause postural hypotension, particularly drugs used to treat high blood pressure — diuretics, beta blockers, calcium channel blockers and angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors — as well as antipsychotics, tricyclic antidepressants and drugs for Parkinson's disease. Ironically, people with postural hypotension due to neurological disorders usually have high blood pressure when they're lying down, even during sleep, when blood pressure typically falls to its lowest levels.
      Postural hypotension is especially common in older adults who are more likely to use antihypertensive drugs and to have problems with blood pressure regulation than younger people are. But it can also affect young, otherwise healthy people who stand up suddenly after sitting with their legs crossed for long periods or after working for a time in a squatting position.

      Multiple system atrophy with orthostatic hypotension. Also called Shy-Drager syndrome, this rare disorder causes progressive damage to the autonomic nervous system, which controls involuntary functions such as blood pressure, heart rate, breathing and digestion. Although multiple system atrophy can involve muscle tremors, slowed movement, problems with coordination and speech, and incontinence, its main characteristic is severe orthostatic hypotension in combination with very high blood pressure when lying down. Multiple system atrophy can't be cured and usually proves fatal within seven to 10 years of diagnosis.
      Postprandial hypotension. A problem that almost exclusively affects older adults, postprandial hypotension is a sudden drop in blood pressure after a meal. Just as gravity pulls blood to your feet when you stand, a large amount of blood flows to your digestive tract after you eat. Ordinarily, your body counteracts this by increasing your heart rate and constricting certain blood vessels to help maintain normal blood pressure. But in some people these mechanisms fail, leading to dizziness, faintness, and falls. Postprandial hypotension is more likely to affect people with high blood pressure or autonomic nervous system disorders such as Parkinson's disease. Lowering the dose of antihypertensive drugs and eating small, low-carbohydrate meals may help reduce symptoms.
      Neurally mediated hypotension. Unlike orthostatic hypotension, this disorder causes blood pressure to drop after standing for long periods, leading to symptoms such as dizziness, nausea and fainting. Although the end result is similar, neurally mediated hypotension differs from orthostatic hypotension in other important respects: It primarily affects young people, for instance, and rather than resulting from failed blood pressure regulation, it seems to occur because of a miscommunication between the heart and the brain. When you stand for extended periods, your blood pressure falls as blood pools in your legs. Normally, your body then makes adjustments to normalize your blood pressure. But in people with neurally mediated hypotension, nerves in the heart's left ventricle actually signal the brain that blood pressure is too high, rather than too low, and so the brain lessens the heart rate, decreasing blood pressure even further. This causes more blood to pool in the legs and less blood to reach the brain, leading to lightheadedness and fainting.
      Nutritional deficiencies. A lack of the essential vitamins B-12 and folic acid can cause anemia, which in turn can lead to low blood pressure.

  20. QUESTION:
    For blood pressure that drops too low, what is an effective home treatment?

    I was hoping this question would be answered by a medical person.

    My family member is on kidney-dialysis...meaning the intake of any excess water or salt can cause dangerous reactions in the body. At the dialysis center, to raise blood pressure they have the patient sit-up, swing the feet to increase blood flow, and eat a dill pickle.
    I was wondering if there was anything else we might try.

    • ANSWER:
      Drink enough water. Sit up from a lying position slowly. Stand up from sitting slowly.

  21. QUESTION:
    Adderall and possibly low blood pressure?
    I was prescribed with my first inattentive ADD treatment -Adderall- yesterday. But before taking it in for the first time right now, I constantly feel very lightheaded everytime I stand up, and it's been like that for a year. I sometimes don't drink a lot of water, and it might be possible that the cause for it is low blood pressure (but i dont know). Should I take in Adderall for my ADD, or wil the side effects worsen what im feeling right now?

    • ANSWER:
      I have read your question very carefully and I felt the frustration of not being able to ask you a few probing questions before answering. However, I would at the very least like to email you a few things to consider that will at least offer a few things to consider and may offer additional aspect for your consideration...with your permission first!

      MD., 21 years
      F.A.C.C.

  22. QUESTION:
    Habitual treatments for Vertigo and low blood pressure?
    I woke up this morning and had cold and hot flashes, really shaky, dizzy and sick to my stomach on and off. My vision keeps fading black-ish. Parents are having me stay in bed, wanted to know if there's anything I can eat, drink or apply to my skin/forehead to help?
    I'm 15 and female, btw

    • ANSWER:
      I have been dealing with these issues myself,and have been looking into neurotransmitter deficiencies.Neurotransmitter deficiencies seem to be behind many disorders.The book Balance Your Body,Bakance Your Mind is a very good book.By Jay Lombard.Vestibular disorders are caused by neurotransmitter deficiencies I believe,as my kids and myself were dealing with this,and with the advice in the book have seen great results.

  23. QUESTION:
    Do I have Low Blood pressure?
    My skin is always cold
    My legs feel heavy throughout the day
    My extremities are purple which worsens in the cold
    My veins collapsed when having a blood test
    These are things that i think might be symtoms of having low blood pressure but it would be helpful if someone could clarify and also suggest treatment and causes.
    Thanks
    Ive already been to my doctor but shes a pain and she just sends me away saying im fine.

    • ANSWER:
      YOU MIGHT NEED TO SEE A DOCTOR OR GO TO THE ER AND SEE ABOUT YOUR SELF PLEASE.

  24. QUESTION:
    How to treat low blood pressure?
    Last time I had my blood pressure taken, it was low. Now I knew what was behind all my dizziness and black-in-the-eyes-when-i-get-up-too-fast. So,
    when it's very hot temperature, like 80 degrees or above Farenheit, then when I sleep and get up, there is black in my eyes for a few seconds and then it goes away. Also, when I get tired, I can't concentrate, and
    I know I'm supposed to love the summer and stuff, since I'm 15 years old (yes i'm young), but the thing is, is that when it's sunny/hot outside, i feel no energy. Seriously, when it's cold, i'm all energized and my brain works great, and i can concentrate, but when it's hot, bright and sunny, i cant! It's like, when it's hot, there's some sort of magnet inside the Earth (i'm not talking about gravity) that's pulling me AND my brain down. Especially my brain, and the rest of me just follows it.

    Is there any kind of medication or treatment to treat low blood pressure?

    I went to the doctor for a different reason back then, so we weren't concerned too much about the blood pressure.

    • ANSWER:

  25. QUESTION:
    what is the cause of low blood pressure & how do a treat it?
    I WENT FOR A TEST AND IT'S RESULT SAYS, I HAVE LOW BLOOD PRESSURE BUT THEY SEEM NOT TO RECOMMEND ANY TABLET FOR THE TREATMENT.

    • ANSWER:
      There are many causes of low blood pressure including heart failure, medications, advanced diabetes, fainting, just to name a few, or the reading could be just normal for you. Your doctor should do further testing to determine what the cause is, and depending on how low it is, treatment may be necessary. It should also be checked consistently. If it isn't much lower than 120/80, then treatment wouldn't be necessary.

  26. QUESTION:
    I recently have been noticing a Low diastolic blood pressure, I am 32?
    I am a 31 year old male. In excellent shape, 170 lbs 5'11 - I have unexplained hypertention. I have been on 40mgs of accupril for most of 9 years. I recently went to a cardiologist for an annual check up and received a echo and stress test, check for LVH and other cardiac issues. All results were normal. My blood pressure usually reads 125/80 w/ medication but recently I have been seeing lower diastolic pressures 125/65. My doctor added a diuretic to my treatment last year and I have stoped weight lifting which my cardiologist suggested might not be good for a hypertensive. Since then I have been running on average 8- 10 miles a week. Like i said my last cardio echo was perfect,.....could all this cardio and running be lowering my diastolic? If not what could it be if my echo's are clean ?

    • ANSWER:
      diuretics lower blood pressure.

      if all tests checked out fine, I wouldn't worry too much, unless of course it continues to decline to dangerous lows.

      65 diastolic is not bad..

  27. QUESTION:
    Low blood pressure? 84/70?
    im 15 and ive been feeling light headed and generally ill & my eyes have been going funny also..I went too a pharamsit too get my blood pressure taken and she said i had low blood pressure which is 84/70..What will the treatment be......I do tend too skip meals and not eat a lot also;;; im nearly 7stone and im 5ft 6 inchs...what will the treatment be any tips on feeling better?

    • ANSWER:
      My bf suffers from low blood pressure so I have checked out some sites with information. Rather than type it all I'll post a link and you can look at it. Best of Luck. Skipping meals not a good idea. Best of Luck.

  28. QUESTION:
    what is low blood pressure?
    i went to the doctors the other day and they said ive got low blood pressure but what does that mean and also what can it and what treatment is there??

    • ANSWER:
      A good blood pressure can vary a little from person to person, depending on their level of fitness, how good their diet is, weight, medication, medical conditions and dehydration can all affect a persons blood pressure.

      A healthy range is; between 100 -130 Systolic pressure 65 - 85 Diastolic. An athletics blood pressure can be as low as 90/60, this because their heart is working effectively.

      Hypertension is high blood pressure; 140/90 is borderline hypertension, anything higher increases risks of serious health problems from heart attacks & strokes. An they will be encouraged to eat a low fat, low sodium (salt) diet, and loose weight.

      Hypotension is low blood pressure; 90/60 is borderline hypotension, anything lower can increase the risk of a stroke, heart attack and kidney problems, most common cause is dehydration, some medications, medical condition's, shock from accidents, diarrhea & vomiting etc.

      There is medication to treat both hypotension & hypertension, but the doctor will encourage the patient to eat healthy, do regular exercise, loose weight if their over weight. Your doctor most likely wont do much as this stage has he/she needs to check your blood pressure again at different times, to get guide of what is normal for you, and the side affects of hypotension medication is NOT pleasant.

      What does Systolic & Diastolic mean?
      Systolic pressure is the pressure generated when the heart contracts.
      Diastolic pressure is the blood pressure when the heart is relaxed.

      I had to learn about hypertension & hypotension when studying, which was helpful in my understanding my low BP.

      I have a medical condition and a heart murmurer, so my blood pressure tends to be on the low side, and I wont take the medication for low BP, because the side effects are horrible. But do take medication for the hear murmur. I am thankfully not over weight, eat a healthy diet, keep my fluids up and try to do graded exercise which wont affect my medical condition.

  29. QUESTION:
    What is low-blood pressure exactly?
    I've been told low-blood pressure is simply the heart not producing enough blood with each pump throughout the body, but I want to know more in detail. I'm writing a story and I wish for the main character to have low-blood pressure, since he already is anemic, but I'm not as certain about the way low-blood pressure affects the body like I am with anemia (since I myself have it).

    - How do people get low-blood pressure?
    - Does anemia have a large role to play in it? (If you have anemia, will it also affect your blood pressure?)
    - If you have low-blood pressure, is it possible to faint if in enough emotional shock or fear?
    - What kind of symptoms come with having low-blood pressure?
    - Do you take some kind of prescribed medication, or do you do treatment for it?
    - Or do you simply deal with it and try not to over-exert yourself?
    - Also, can you exert your body in, say, sports or physical training if you have low-blood pressure?
    - Does the outward appearance of a person change (lighter skin tone/harder to make blush or flush because of lack of blood)?

    Thank you very much for your help!

    • ANSWER:

  30. QUESTION:
    Blood pressure treatment? norvasc? micardis?
    Hey guys im 25 years old, I have blood pressure, I'm currently on a micardis 40, and a norvasc 2.5 (half of a 5 tablet). The doctor has recommended that i get off my norvasc, because there shouldn't be a problem with 1 medication holding me for the entire day. But last time I had to add a norvasc because i noticed during night times the micardis would stop working and as I'm sleeping my blood pressure would go high. Then id wake up and feel very weird and unwell.

    I'm a little anxious about discontinuing treatment, has anyone stopped a hypertensive before? what happens if my blood pressure goes back up again suddenly? Is there a coming off effect for my medication i should be aware off? and if my bp raises during my discontinuation, do i just wait until i see the doctor or should i treat it? or should I treat it right away?

    Ive more or less been ignoring my condition as my blood pressure has been good, and over the last few months even a little low, like 96/58. At the moment its about 115/75 with rest, what would be the expected number for my bp after i discontinue my norvasc? what happens if i feel very ill and symptomatic? is that normal?

    How long does it take for me to see the effects of me stopping my hypertensive?? days? hours?

    I also notice that last time when i was not on hypertensive medication i feelt very heavy and almost as if my body was revved up, could this be all caused from some type of underlying psychological illness that i have no control over? or do people feel very revved up, and hot and cold in certain parts of their body, tingling and dis balanced when they stop all their hypertensive treatment?

    Best answer is to anyone who can give me a detailed reply to all my questions. If you copy and paste i will simply ignore your reply.

    • ANSWER:
      Micardis plus Norvasc is a combination pill of two blood pressure drugs already. These two medications have few interactions, obviously. Note that all drugs have side effects (every medication has side effects!). Be sure to discuss with your doctor the benefits and side effects of all of the above!-Micardis plus Norvasc-

      The issue of whether a genuine hypertensive treatment can ever become normal is critically reviewed by researchers.Factors that predict a successful withdrawl of hypertensive medications are young age, normal body weight, low salt intake, low pretreatment blood pressure, successful therapy with one drug, and only minimal signs of target organ damage.
      Do you have all these factors? You are very young,working together with your doctor,a successful medications withdrawl can be reach it. Good luck! Take care always!

  31. QUESTION:
    How long does it take for Amlodipine to start noticeably lowering blood pressure?
    I was just recently given a prescription for hypertension. At first, I was being given hydrochlorothiazide to help lower the fluid levels in my blood to help with lowering blood pressure. It helped some, but didn't quite do the trick. So, now my doctor has recently prescribed amlodipine which is designed specifically for blood pressure treatment. How long does it take before you start noticing a drop in blood pressure?

    • ANSWER:
      I was on amlodipine for a year once my hypertension increased, but due to another increase in BP my meds were changed again, and I'm keeping an eye on it now with my own BP monitor. I was told that an increased dose of Amlodipine from 5 to10 mgs[ whatever is the max. check the leaflet in the packet] would take 2/4 days to register an improvement. Don't take more than the recommended dose even if you feel you need more. Wait !!! it should work if you give it time, but if it takes longer than one week I would go back to the doctor again.

  32. QUESTION:
    "Natural Treatment" for high blood pressure??
    Is there an alternative, more natural way to lower blood pressure? (non-pill-popper)
    Also, will taking the medication prescribed cause the body to be dependent on the medicine? If I begin to take them, then stop taking it, will it do more harm than good?

    • ANSWER:
      You could try adding more fish to your diet. I prefer to take Omega 3 from pure fish oil in capsule form since I do not prefer the taste of fish.

      BEST WISHES!

  33. QUESTION:
    Low blood pressure - absolutely torture to live with. Help please? :( ?
    So, I'm 17, 110 Ibs, and have been diagnosed with hypotension - low blood pressure. It's better than high blood pressure, but there's some pretty bad symptoms that come with it - when I'm sitting down for even a few minutes, and then go to get up (however slowly), it feels like all the blood rushes to my head, and I can get fairly dizzy. I can also see the capillaries behind my eyes when this happens. It feels like my head gets all tense and heavy.

    Went to the doctor. "Oh, just get up slowly, drink lots of water..."

    Uh, yeah. That's not helping. I want a cure for this condition, or explanations as to why I got it in the first place, not a treatment tip that won't work.

    The hypotension started in November 2010.

    I did take prozac as a pick-me-up, small dose once per day, for the past two years. I stopped taking it in January, a few months after the hypotension started, because I thought it was a side-effect. I also developed hypohidrosis (excessive sweating) at around the same time I got the hypotension. Both these symptoms are symptoms of prozac use, but I don't think it's because of the prozac - after all, shouldn't they have gone away by now? And why did they start so late into the treatment time?

    Thanks for any help. Serious answers only please.

    • ANSWER:
      You don't say how low your BP is, mine runs 90/60 most of the time, some times it runs lower than that so I understand your frustrations. Eating extra salt or drinking diet soda will help as will drinking more fluids. Lots & lots of water will help raise your BP because it helps raise mine. You may have to see another Dr for a second opinion since your Dr doesn't seem to care that you have a problem with your BP. I can't tell you why you got it, I don't know your medical history but it may have been caused by Prozac but I agree it should have been gone by now. Are you taking any other anti-depressant now that may cause low BP or any other meds that may cause low BP? If you are taking other meds ask your Dr or pharmacist if they can cause low BP, it may be something else you are taking causing your problem.

  34. QUESTION:
    HELP! What could cause rapid heart rate followed by low blood pressure....LONG!!!?
    Ok...I am hoping someone can give me some answers or at least a direction to go in. I am a 28yo. Female, Smoker, 5'7", 175 lbs. In July I had an episode where my heart was beating 200+ bpm I got dizzy, really cold, tingly, clammy, shaking. Called 911 and the responding paramedics told me I was having a panic attack...didn't go into the hospital. 3 weeks go by...I have another rapid heart rate episode, same symptoms just to a lesser degree. This time went to ER. All tests came back normal sent me home saying I was having panic attacks and palps..a few hours later it happens again I try not to go back to hospital cause I know they will just say I am having another panic attack...but this fast heart rate goes on for 9 hours and by then its the next morning and I am physically exhausted, so I go in and get the same treatment except this time they gave me a script for ativan and send me home with a holter monitor on. Results of the Holter where normal except 2 episodes of a low heart rate of 43bpm. About a week later I notice that I am starting a new symptom...I am getting short of breath VERY easily. I have an episode where my forehead above my right eye went numb and my vision in that eye went cloudy for a few minutes. I continue to have these episodes of rapid heart rate off and on till the beginning of December. I finally got approved for medicaid and made and appointment. Before I could make it to my appointment I had another episode of rapid heart rate, clammy, very cold like I was in a blizzard naked, shaking, the left side of my face went tingly, felt like I was going to pass out. Went to ER yet again. When I got there my heart rate was 120(which was actually calmed down from the beginning of the episode) and my blood pressure was 83/59. This is the first time I noticed that I had low blood pressure following this raise in heart rate. The doctors blew me off again saying I was having migraines waited for my blood pressure to return to normal and sent me home with a "Follow-up with your doctor in 2 days" Luckily I had an appointment with my new doctor the next day. She ran every test blood tests/normal thyroid/normal cholesterol/normal urine/normal. The only thing that was bad was my lungs...she said I had asthma (I do smoke and have for 13 years) and I had the lungs of a 54year old and again I was told I am having panic attacks and that my new symptom of shortness of breath was caused by my asthma.
    The other day I was at the grocery store when I got all the symptoms flooding back to me...rapid heart rate lightheadedness, shortness of breath etc. I went to over to the pharmacy and used their blood pressure machine...because it was the first thing that crossed my mind....my blood pressure was 89/60. So now I am starting to make the connection between these episodes and low blood pressure and the doctor is not taking me seriously!! My normal blood pressure is somewhere around 117/80.
    I KNOW my body and I can just tell that something is just not right...I cannot live on ativan and do not want to become dependent...not to mention the ativan calms me down when this happens but it does NOT take care of the rapid heart rate and lightheadedness. I just know that this is not JUST panic attacks and asthma...
    Sorry this is so long, but I am desperate for someone to give me and idea of what may be going on!!!! I have 2 little boys to take care of and cannot continue to live like this...its been 6 months of this hell and no anwers! I will also add that I have been evaluated by a psychologist who said in her report to my doctor that I do not show any signs of a mental issues and did not feel that I was in need of any psychological assistance at this time.
    Help!! I know I am not crazy...Thank you to anyone that replies!!!
    I know this is already long enough,but I forgot to mention that for the last month I have been having times where I will wake up in the middle of the night gasping for air with an elevated heart rate, and shortness of breath...doctor claims this is nocturnal asthma attacks.

    • ANSWER:
      I hope this may be of use, speak with your doctor about this if you happen to think there might be a relation.

      http://www.healthy-holistic-living.com/high-pulse-low-blood-pressure.html

  35. QUESTION:
    Swollen lymph nodes & low blood pressure?
    OK, here's the thing. About 3 weeks ago I had pain under my right arm-pit and a couple of days later I felt a small bulge there so I went to the hospital. The doctor performed an examination, ordered an ultrasound of the general region and they both concluded to swollen lymph nodes due to infection. I was prescribed 10 days of broad range antibiotics (amoxicillin) and went for another round of ultrasound. The results revealed that the largest node had shrunken down to one thirds of the size (from 1.5 cm to 0.5 cm) and that no other treatment was necessary as my body would take care of the rest.

    But here's my problem. I've been feeling lightheaded nearly all day and it appears my blood pressure is low (102/54), the pain in my right armpit has made a comeback but it is much milder and I can't feel the bulge, and the right side of my buttocks has started hurting as well.

    And here's my medical history:
    -I've had a bilateral oorechtomy about 5 years ago as my ovaries didn't produce any eggs (I have never had a period and am on hormone pills)
    -I have a fast metabolism. I routinely go number two everyday, sometimes twice a day even though I'm not the healthiest eater. I often get diarrhea that goes away on its own after maybe 6 hours which happens if I've had a fiberous meal.
    -I'm a smoker (a pack a day) and a social drinker (moderate, never vomitted or passed out)
    -I'm a 22 y/o female with a family history of varicose ulcer. (And I'm getting little spider veins of my own already)
    -I have chronic sinusitis that won't go away because of the smoking (but usually not that bothersome other than the occasional congestion and headache brought on by the congestion and quite managable with antihistaminics that work as decongestants)
    -I have extremely dry skin and hair and soft nails.

    I can respond to any of your questions regarding my medical history. I just want to know if there's anything I should be worried about or look out for.

    • ANSWER:
      Possible recurrence of infection or abscess formation

  36. QUESTION:
    Low blood pressure causes?
    I just checked my blood pressure and it is 80/60. When I stand up quickly my vision goes black for a second. What could be the cause of it and any treatment advice? Also I have an absess in my tooth could this effect it.

    • ANSWER:

  37. QUESTION:
    does low pulse rate cause high blood pressure? my PR 58-64, BP 136-140, do I need treatment?
    I am 60 years, not diabetic, LDL 140, Wt 72-75 kg, Ht 173 cm ,
    BP Systolic range 136 to 140, Diastolic range 86 to 92

    • ANSWER:
      Not neccessorily,your BP is in upper limit of normal range,you can bring it down by moderate exercises/walking,healthy diet,low fat, low calories diet. MENTAL RELAXATION IS utmost important factor to reduce BP & related illnesses. Admiral[dr] V K Singh

  38. QUESTION:
    is there a cure for hypotension low blood pressure?
    or is there only treatment

    • ANSWER:
      I have not heard of a medical treatment for hypotension. Usually this problem is as a result of one under eating or in case of anemia. Or it might be as a result of not consuming enough water. I had the problem for years. Had been to several doctors and none gave me a treatment. Mine started correcting after being introduced to supplementation and later stabilized after learning much about nutrition and made changes to my eating habits. I was eating the right foods, however I was not eating enough of certain kinds of foods and overall; just not eating enough.

      You should be eating a vary wide variety of foods and varying your meals. The 60:20:10:10 ratio is an excellent way to keep in good health. That is 60% vegetables of which 50% is eaten raw, 20% fresh raw fruits, 10% starchy carbohydrates (yams, potatoes, pumpkin, cassava, breadfruit etc.) and 10% proteins (nuts, seeds, meats, milk and other dairy products, fish and other sea foods etc.)

      The following links will give you some information on what foods to eat to resolve your blood pressure problem:
      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AvQApTqrQWgYbEI7s_3zDa_ty6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20090415144700AAt1xit&show=7#profile-info-AA12041248
      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AgP00wHfdd.hGwJN9LYv8Vzty6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20090227145143AAhK60S
      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AqPUYsvfUw1DZA0Rww1EMu7ty6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20090409001929AAWQqXD&show=7#profile-info-wB2n1Fjpaa

  39. QUESTION:
    Can low blood pressure affect your breathing?
    i have very low blood pressure and I am also having some breathing broblems. I just feel really weak. I chest hurts from time to time. I don't do INTENSE work out, but I do excercise quite regulary. So I knwo it's not because i am unhealthy. I try to get enough sleep...but it doesn't help. I have been quite stressed out lately...so i don't know if that has anythign to do with it.

    Is there anythign else I should be aware of in this situation? Are there certain treatments that I should look into or consult my doctor about? My doctor is useless so I am planning to switch.

    • ANSWER:
      I didn't think it was possable but then again, I'm not a Dr. maybe you have some other underlined condition that you need to get checked out by your Dr.
      I wish you the best of luck
      :)

  40. QUESTION:
    A young man is rushed to the emergency room after fainting. His blood pressure is alarmingly low?
    and his companion reports the man collapsed shortley after being stung by a wasp. What has caused his hypotension? What treatment will be given immediately?

    • ANSWER:
      anaphylactic shock.

      epinephrine

  41. QUESTION:
    Beet Juice to Lower High Blood Pressure?
    http://www.medicinenet.com/script/m...

    I just looked it up since I got off the phone with my mom who has been managing her high blood pressure naturally for a couple of years. She said it really worked for her when she tried it. I've seen hbp questions here, and never run into a beet juice answer. I was wondering if others have tried it, or if it is still fairly new and just breaking into the high blood pressure treatment news? I'm glad she discovered it, but I'm wondering why I hadn't heard about it before this.

    • ANSWER:
      Beets are cleansing of both the liver and the blood, but if you take it to long or to much it can make you feel sick from the toxins it stirs up. If you try beet make sure you drink lots of water to flush out the toxins it loosens up.

      Cleansing half days is how I got over hbp during pregnancy in a week.

      Give it a try! Good Luck!

  42. QUESTION:
    Low blood pressure.....anyway to treat it?
    I've a blood pressure ranging between 90/50 and 95/54 and my heart beat rate is 44-49 ish (If that matters!).
    I get dizzy whenever I stand up or sit down, making any sudden movements as well, plus headaches!!
    I do drink a lot of water and coffee to raise my blood pressure but it's not working, any other treatments that could work besides medication?
    Oh and I've been tying to take vitamins but again....no use!!

    Thanks in advance!!
    Lucy: Yeah, I'm sure......I've been taking regular readings and it's always in the same range, I'll make sure to visit the doctor as soon as I can.

    And I've been trying to increase the salt intake but it's not making any difference!!
    Thanks =)

    • ANSWER:
      Hey :)

      Well, I think you should go see a doctor first off...as that's always the safest thing to do! Are you sure it's low blood pressure? Feeling dizzy when you stand up, sit down, etc can be a sign of other things such as orthostatic hypotension. That's basically when your blood pressure falls suddenly when you stand up [it can leave you feeling like you describe you feel] as opposed to constant low pressure...and the doctors can detect this easily so sometimes it's better just to pay them a visit.

      I'm pretty sure caffeine does raise your blood pressure [or at least contribute towards it getting higher somewhat] but then too much caffeine can be really bad for you...you kinda can't win!

      My best advice...go visit the doctor!!!

      ** good plan!

  43. QUESTION:
    If someone has Parkinson's disease, and low-mod blood pressure, could they still suffer a stroke?
    My aunt had Parkinson's disease and was found one day with facial drooping on one side. No scans were performed to confirm if she had a stroke or not. It was just assumed she had one. No treatment was given toward her recovery and she developed pneumonia quickly and died within days. Mind you, nothing was given to treat pneumonia either. She was previously fairly active (got out and about with me for dinner and shopping etc) and although her face was drooping the stroke diagnosis baffled me as her blood pressure was always low-moderate. Has anyone heard of someone with low-mod blood pressure suffering stroke or even those with Parkinson's as no one in the know has yet given me any answers. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Although high blood pressure is a risk factor for stroke, it is not the only one. Yes, it is possible for someone with Parkinson's to have a stroke just as it is possible for the brain trauma of a stroke to be a cause of PD.
      http://stroke.about.com/od/unwantedeffectsofstroke/a/parkinsons.htm

      So the two are not mutually exclusive. And having one will not protect from the other:
      http://stroke.ahajournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/23/6/839
      http://ehealthforum.com/health/topic20538.html

      I realize the high blood pressure is mentioned in the linked Q & A but it not the only risk factor:
      http://ehealthforum.com/health/topic121355.html

      Personally I would be more concerned about reasoning/logic??? behind not treating a PD patient who appeared to have had a stroke since there is treatment in the form of, among other things, Amantadine. Were you present during her medical non-treatment? I ask because it doesn't compute. Did she already have respiratory distress? Did she have muscle stiffness/rigidity? Did she have a living will? There appear to be some unknowns here that we don't know. And by we I mean you and the rest of us.

      I am sorry to hear about your Aunt. If she went out for dinner and shopping, her PD had not progressed to the point where she should have come down with aspiration pnuemonia, the common form in PD. So the pneumonia resulted from ___??

      But yes, there are more risk factors for stroke than high blood pressure. And although it has been thought that PD may offer some stroke protection, "rules" never seem to apply to everyone.

  44. QUESTION:
    Is it posible to lower blood pressure of 160/90 to below 120 without medication?
    Im 27 and am not ready to be on treatment for hypertension. What are my options?

    • ANSWER:
      Wow you're young. To answer your question, may I suggest working with your doctor first? Perhaps he will have you change your diet, eat healthier, reduce all sodium intake and get some exercise, like a walk a day. diet and exercise might very well work for you.

  45. QUESTION:
    Is there a natural or holistic treatment in lieu of pharmaceuticals for high blood pressure?
    I'm tired of these pharmaceuticals. Can anyone direct me toward a RELIABLE and SAFE natural, holistic way to manage my blood pressure? It's not crazy high, but due to other conditions I must keep it low.

    • ANSWER:
      grebned - Hi, there are ways to lower your blood pressure other than medications. I just want to caution you against assuming that herbal medications are SAFER than pharmaceuticals just because they are "natural". Herbal medications are just as much drugs as pharmaceuticals are, and if you choose to go that route, should only be used under the supervision of a medical professional! Herbal supplements are derived from natural sources, but are often taken in doses MUCH higher than what would be considered "natural" and can lead to just as many side effects. In fact, some would argue that because pharmaceuticals are subject to strict research and standards while herbal medications are not subject to any FDA standards at all, they are riskier in general. Just as an example, the first herbal medication the previous poster mentioned is aconite (or wolfsbane) which hs been documented to result in death from as little as 5cc of tincture, 2mg of pure aconite, 1g of crude plant parts, or 6g of cured aconite. NO KNOWN ANTIDOTE EXISTS. In addition, it has been documented (Fitzpatrick et al., 1994; Tai et al., 1992) to cause ventricular tachycardia which can lead to cardiac arrest.

      Two natural methods for lowering blood pressure that have been proven by research are exercise, meditation/stress reduction, and reduction in salt intake. Exercise does not mean training for a marathon or anything intense, just moderate aerobic exercise at least 3 times a week for at least half an hour a day. The more the better. Yoga, meditation techniques and stress reduction counseling have all be shown to be effective in reducing blood pressure in smaller studies. Finally, some people are more sensitive to salt intake than others, and reducing salt intake can lead to an improvement in your blood pressure. Also, if you are taking herbal supplements, let your physician know as some can significantly INcrease your blood pressure.

      Most physicians are perfectly fine with patients trying herbal medications as long as you do so with their supervision. Remember, herbals are medications too. Just because they are natural doesn't make them safe. Hemlock is a natural herb, but Socrates drank and killed himself...

  46. QUESTION:
    my blood pressure is 84/70 is that bad?
    im 15 and ive been feeling light headed and generally ill & my eyes have been going funny also..I went too a pharamsit too get my blood pressure taken and she said i had low blood pressure which is 84/70..What will the treatment be......I do tend too skip meals and not eat a lot also;;; im nearly 7stone and im 5ft 6 inchs...what will the treatment be any tips on feeling better?

    • ANSWER:
      Low blood pressure shouldn't be ignored when you have symptoms (such as you describe). Normal is considered around 120/80. When you don't have enough pressure, your vital organs may not be getting enough oxygen, etc.. which can cause damage. It's also very important to consider the reason your pressure is low. It could be that you don't have enough fluids, or the blood vessels are abnormally too dilated, or there could be a problem with the heart.

      It sounds to me like maybe you're not eating or drinking enough. I'd start there. Eat. Drink gatorade to replenish any electrolytes you may be lacking. If that doesn't work, see a doctor.

  47. QUESTION:
    what treatments are given to someone with low haemoglobin and blood thinning...?
    is it dangerous.... as in what are the chances of death... also accompanied by low blood pressure

    • ANSWER:
      Low haemoglobin or Iron content is usually anaemia. It is usually not dangerous. But there are types like sickle cell anaemia which are. In this type the Red Blood Cells are ripped apart and destroyed by other cells which can be fatal but this is rare. The usual cases are ones where blood cells are not produced enough in quantity. Found more in women. And is usually accompanied by a person feeling lazy and easily tired. But has not much consequences otherwise.

      Proper nutritious and healthy food in sufficient quantities should help with it.

      Blood thinning may be dangerous if prolonged or if in excess.

      Thin blood leads to excessive bleeding as it becomes less viscous.This increases the risk of internal bleeding for minor injuries also which may cause a lot of blood loss. Also it increases the chance of bleeding in the brain. Though thinning of blood is desired in certain cases thin blood as it is is not a healthy sign.

      Getting a checkup with a doctor should help clear your doubts better as in medicine everything is case to case basis.

  48. QUESTION:
    Any advice for a new emt-b, how do you treat someone has high or low blood pressure in an ambulance as an emt-?
    I'm very new, so very nervous.. I've been doing good so far but I get kinda nervous, second guess myself on the cares I give or should have gave. I work mostly non emergent runs for private company.. Any advice anyone could give me to boost confidence.. kinda like what as an emt-b I should pay particular attention too. And the treatments.. I refuse to not give my pt the care they deserve, I really want to succeed in this field.. Any tips on how to get vitals on elderlys faster while moving in an ambulance... Please serious answers...

    • ANSWER:
      Well, B/P's are one of the most basic and essential of the vital signs. So it is important to get one as quickly and as accurately as possible. One trick is to palp the pulse before placing your scope. Do this by pressing firmly on anterior part of the elbow and it will be found 1-4 cm from the mid-line of the elbow towards the body. Keep in mind that the pulse will likely vary from person to person. Most importantly remember your ABC (airway, breathing, circulation). What state are you in. Levels of training vary too.
      If you have other questions or want more info. email me.

  49. QUESTION:
    Would failing to eat for a week lower blood pressure?
    I'm due to undergo a blood check and brief medical exam before beginning a new medication. I know the drug can't be prescribed if the patient has low blood pressure, high blood sugar or poor liver function.
    Its possible that I wont have eaten for 3 or 4 days before the test is taken, will this give a false reading and therefore prevent me from receiving the treatment?
    If so how many hours before the test must I eat to raise blood pressure again? Would this make blood sugar too high?
    Please don't just tell me to eat, in an ideal world of course this would be the solution but right now it's not my main concern. I just need to know if the behaviour will influence test results. (Drug to be prescribed is Quetiapine)
    Thank you
    Oh good point Cali I hadn't considered the possibility of the meds themselvesbeing affected.
    The failure to eat hasn't been an issue long enough to cause organ damage.
    It's not a permanent state and wont be continued once the meds have begun.
    I guess I'm just concerned the temporary measure of witholding food will prevent the more long term solution of the anti psychotics.
    Rachel I'll do as you suggest, telling the truth about food intake should help. I'll try to explain its temporary although pretty sure I wont be believed!

    • ANSWER:
      Your body is smarter than that. You can't just eat a certain amount of time before, and have all of your tests come out normal. I work in the medical field, and you blood pressure can depend on your other organ functions. If you aren't eating, certain organs will start to fail, and this can bring all sorts of harm to you. As for your blood sugar, when you dont eat for days on end, your body goes into starvation mode. What little food you do eat, your body will just store as calories/fat, instead of burning off normally in your day to day routine. If you are or start taking ANY sort of medication, and you are not eating/drinking normal amounts, you will kill your liver. Once your body goes into liver failure, your other organs will start to shut down. At that point, your only hope is for a liver transplant. Its not worth taking the medication, and making your situation worse.

  50. QUESTION:
    Which of the following is a feature of potassium supplements?
    A. Can cause toxicity
    B. Should always be taken with diuretics
    C. Necessary in treatment of low blood pressure
    D. Absorption of the mineral decreases markedly as intake increases

    • ANSWER:
      of course - as can any salt
      no
      no
      don't know, check on PubMed, but it seems likely, the body is good at balancing its needs check PubMed