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March 5th, 2009
12:20 PM ET

Can low blood pressure be dangerous?

As a new feature of CNNhealth.com, our team of expert doctors will answer readers’ questions. Here’s a question for Dr. Gupta.

Asked by Bella, Buffalo, New York

"Dr. Gupta,
Everyone always talks about high blood pressure, but I have a question about low blood pressure. I am 21, female, eat very healthy, not intensely athletic, but I do cardio every morning and my blood pressure is 90/60. I am dizzy every morning when I wake up, and if I sit for too long, I am dizzy when I stand up. Is this a problem, and is there something I should be doing differently?"

Answer:

Thanks Bella for writing in. I am a little concerned about what you are writing. Blood pressure can be a tricky thing to understand because levels categorized as “too high” or “too low” in one person, may be normal for someone else.

Once a person establishes his or her baseline number, it’s important to consult with a health-care provider to evaluate its specific impact.

A normal blood pressure is essential to your heart because it promotes and allows healthy blood flow. And you are right–typically you hear people talking about the dangers of HIGH blood pressure because it can lead to heart disease. But low blood pressure, known as hypotension, can be dangerous as well.

What’s too low? Anything below 90/60mm. Experts say that if you have a low BP level and are experiencing dizziness, fatigue, nausea it could be a sign of serious underlying conditions such as a heart condition, blood infection or damage to your nervous system. It is best to be evaluated to determine what could be the trigger.

For those not experiencing symptoms, a low BP level is rarely of concern. You can boost your blood pressure levels naturally by staying hydrated throughout the day and increasing the amount of sodium in your diet.


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  1. Nora

    First of all, if anyone tells her that 90/60 is healthy for athletes, it isn't true for semi-athletic people that have dizziness problems. I've had similar problems that might be attributed to low cortisol levels in the morning, thyroid problems, possibly adrenal gland fatigue, etc. In trying to get my BP increased to manageable, less dizzy levels, there are actually some foods that need to be avoided. Oatmeal, oat cereal, vitamin K foods, and kiwi might be healthy foods, but I found by trial-and-error (next day fatigue) and information that there are some that might need to be avoided or eaten in small amounts. Having iron, glucose, sodium, and iodine levels might be helpful to the situation as well? My system kicks in better in the afternoon so others weren't even aware of the predicaments that I had been having.

    March 6, 2009 at 09:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Ernest yogo

    I have a friend who has developed ascites apparently his liver functions are normal and so is albumin.he recently developed symptomatic hypotension.would increase of salt in diet be appropriate?

    March 8, 2009 at 15:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. molly

    I've had a history of low blood pressure at various times in my life. Once when I tried to give blood, they sent me away and advised me to see my doctor because my bp was 70ish/60ish. Turns out I was anemic. Have been anemic off and on, mostly on, for most of my life. After many years I was diagnosed with a relatively rare genetic bleeding disorder (Storage Pool Disorder), which caused my excessive monthly bleeding, which in turn lead to the anemia, and in turn the low bp. See your doctor is the best advice. Of couse I can't be a blood doner now, but better to know that than unknowingly spread my disorder to others.

    March 12, 2009 at 11:52 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jason

      Molly – you cannot pass on your genetic disorder to others through a blood donation. It is genetic – it could only be passed onto your children (and probably not – if you said it is rare it is most likely a recessive trait). The reason that you cannot donate blood is because that you don't clot well after a bleed, and you have a low blood pressure – so if you lost blood volume youre blood pressure would be come very low and unsafe for you.

      September 14, 2011 at 03:00 | Report abuse |
  4. Nora

    For Rhena, any possible anxiety attacks that she would have might be caused by concerns of the faintness/black out situations at low BP of 70/40 – not the low BP actually causing anxiety attacks. If doctors haven't known any patients or relatives with the problems, it is sometimes hard for them to understand the complications of faintness from low BP levels. I don't know about the others, but getting down to the lowest possible elevation (floor) meant that I wouldn't be adding any other physical injury to myself. Hopefully anyway. Getting BP raised to non-faintness levels is important for driving and employment reasons. I went through adding a bit more sodium (with iodine) to my diet compared to earlier years after some test results showed low levels of both. That might help some of the others with low BP. I went on to having hypothyroid symptoms although the thyroid test results were inconclusive for thyroid problems at the time. Brittle hair, weight gain, lower blood pressure, fatigue, etc. can be looked up as symptoms of that problem. Some doctors opt for surgical removal of thyroid gland, but I chose to just use an RX type to get my system back on track. With more nutritious meals and snacks and the changes, my blood pressure is better than it used to be. Test results showed that I had other nutritional deficiencies as well so take care of yourself as best as possible. Vitamins aren't just for kids – but finding suitable ones can be difficult sometimes. I also supplement them with recommended or lower levels of substances for better bone structure – calcium, magnesium and vitamin D. I temporarily had the heavy bleeding problem at one point and anemic test results as well so I definitely understand what everyone has been going through. Hope that you are all able to find the low BP problem.

    March 12, 2009 at 16:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Nora

    For Bella, I'm still investigating about the low A.M. cortisol level causing my own A.M. faintness for decades besides the nutrient deficiencies. Most of the times that I have problems with passing out or feeling faint were morning times. I would be totally wiped out if and when I actually would pass out so the time spent getting situated paid off rather than wasting time recovering from passing out. Experience with faintness has kept me from passing out fortunately for many years. By getting up a bit late, I would not really have breakfast (or a nutritious one) and then would even skip lunch (or not eat a nutritious one) some days. It caught up to me, but some of it started from the A.M. faintness problem. Glad that Bella can get in some A.M. cardio, but she should be cautious with ongoing faintness. I don't know if a a regular physician could help her or what specialty physician? I read recently that low cortisol levels can widen blood vessels, but we're warned not to believe everything that we read on the Internet. All I know is that with test results, my AM cortisol level was low. I happened across a naturopathic medical center that helped me with the testing, but health insurance didn't cover the bill so it was an out-of-pocket expense. If it is an A.M. problem only, creating a schedule around it is possible but it does create problems when trying to set up activities with people on normal day schedules. Always try to get cost estimates when setting up appts. and testing. Good luck!

    March 12, 2009 at 17:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Nicki

    Finally, someone is acknowledging that low blood pressure can be a problem as well. I have always had low blood pressure but it's never really bothered me. Then I decided to use an IUD instead of birth control pills. The doctor told me that I might feel faint or even pass out over the next day or so. Can you say "understatement"? My entire system crashed and when I finally made it to my general doctor, she was shocked at how low my blood pressure was. She took some blood and found that my iron levels were seriously low. I'm taking iron tablets now and everything seems to have returned to normal.

    March 13, 2009 at 08:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. DiB

    I have had problems with low blood pressure,too.One time I was at work and the insurance company came to do a quick check-up.My blood pressure was 60+over40+. It was partially due to migraine preventative medicine. What was and still is going on is Reynaud's Disease. I have the internal kind and it is serious. Go to a rheumatologist and have them check. You can also ask your nurse on your next visit to check your blood pressure in 2 places on both arms. When I went to the rheumy-the nurse got scared because I had no blood pressure in one of my arms. The dr. came in immediately, and he looked at my skin,then rushed to get warm blankets and piled them on.This happens to me every 15 minutes if I am not on the right medicine. Watch for skin peeling off your nose or ears.Normally that is the first signs, but it has taken about 20 years to get to my ears and nose and lips.I can't scrape car windows,supposed to use mittens to get stuff out of the fridge,anything cold or cool will make it kick in.The kind I have affects internal organs,too.Good Luck

    March 17, 2009 at 03:26 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Debora

      Sorry to hear The diagnosis. Obviously a very serious disease. I will definitely get a hold of my Dr. Thank you for sharing this.

      July 3, 2018 at 20:54 | Report abuse |
  8. Matt

    Ernest – there are certainly other causes of ascites besides liver dysfunction (e.g. kidney problems, heart problems, trauma, inflammatory processes, and yes cancer). The effect of increasing salt intake would likely depend on the underlying process (could be a bad idea if it is a kidney problem or congestive heart failure, for example) but more importantly even if it worked you would simply be masking the symptoms. Really your friend should just see a doctor and figure out what is going on.

    March 19, 2009 at 10:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Nora

    To everyone, hope that your BP is up to manageable levels with you and professionals' attention! To DiB, in the past year or so, they have tried to accumulate more causes of migraine headaches. Have you checked around lately for the latest lists? I think that migraines can happen from constricted blood vessels so a migraine medication would probably try to relax them – but apparently too far in your case sometimes to get the extreme faintness. Checked the Reynaud's disease information – that isn't my particular problem. I did see a Discovery Health show on TV where they had possibly tied some migraine problems to cardiac/heart problems. I'm still trying to figure out that connection, but it seemed to help the patient being treated. Our hearts are the pumps in our systems. I wish that I could remember the hospital or doctor's name involved in the case. Sometimes I take notes, but I don't think a CNN comment area is a place for recommendations?

    March 19, 2009 at 14:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Nora

    Ernest – has your friend had his carotid arteries checked for narrowing? Has he checked his BP and pulse different times through the day to check for specific times of orthostatic hypotension problems? Does he have any other known health problems? I'm not a doctor but has he had other levels checked like iodine, sodium, thyroid, iron, glucose, etc? Some vitamins have iron and some don't. Before making any changes, it would be better to have at least those checked like Matt said. Maybe check online for a list of hypothyroid symptoms to also compare to friend's present health situation. Some of the symptoms are considered as normal by people that aren't familiar with them. Hyperthyroid sounds similar so it's easy to get the two confused until you check on them. Fasting levels show the true levels better, I think. Good nutrition helps but it helps to know which direction to go there. All food is not created equal in same types of nutrients. My doctor would probably want me to mention that there are some 'foods' that barely or don't have any nutrition. If experiencing orthostatic hypotension, finding the cause is so helpful. Best wishes.

    March 26, 2009 at 13:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Nora

    Rhena – you didn't say how old you were which is okay. You did say that you have a pretty consistent BP of 70/40 through life. I just read an article last night about air filtration in buildings and/or maintenance problems of some appliances that you might want to check into if the doctors didn't find any health problems before. Don't panic. Find a knowledgeable (caring?) home inspector to check out your residence especially if you have been living primarily at the same place through the BP 70/40 years. It could be a simple fix that needs done. Let the doctor know if that turns out to be the problem and solution. A radon test or carbon monoxide detector were recommended in the article – both under $40 maybe, possibly through local hardwares. I ran the two tests while trying to figure out my low BP problems. If you're renting, maybe the landlord might help with the cost of the test or the cost of the carbon monoxide detector? LIKE I SAID, don't panic please. Maybe check with family members or friends to help you through the investigation process because that could CAUSE some anxiety. Would loan you a carbon monoxide detector to check that out if I could. I'm extremely hesitant to have this posted on the low BP comments at CNN, but for Rhena's sake at 70/40, I'm hesitant not to as well. I'll check to see if I can find the article. I think that it was from the American Lung Association. Rhena, check with a reputable heating and plumbing contractor that does renovation work if a home inspector isn't available? We'll try to get you up to 90+/60+. It is a difficult enough low blood pressure to deal with except for maybe 'actual' athletes. We have our own kind of 'loss of gravity' games going on.

    March 26, 2009 at 14:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Nora

    I might have blundered in making light of low BP problems when I finished the last comment. Apologies to everyone concerned. The seriousness of the problem sometimes gets lost in comedy or busy schedules of others. Life can become a chore and obstacle course when dealing with extremely low BP (blood pressure) symptoms.

    March 26, 2009 at 14:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Elizabeth Martin

    My son is 16 years old and to someone that doesnt know him well he might look very healthy. He is an excellent student and athlete. He is all muscle, weighs 158lbs and is 5'11" he has managed to gain 12 lbs since September but throws up for the first half of the day everyday. He is usually better after 12 noon. He has had many tests but no solutions for his probelm. We are now trying to reduce the acid in his stomach with prilosec OTC twice a day. He also has low blood pressure. I was wondering if you had any ideas? He is now seeing a great Dr and hopefully he can find the answers for us but I thought I would ask in case you had any ideas.
    Thank you for your time.
    Elizabeth

    March 26, 2009 at 15:55 | Report abuse | Reply
    • heather

      Hi there
      I had low blood pressure doctor asked me to take hydro light and it helped also if you are feeling faint elevate your legs and head needs tobe lower than the legs this will help the blood to flow and help you with your pressure but lways get your self checked or buy a monitor so you can check your self to make sure you are ok, My daughter yesterday had sever a lower left abdominal pains and vomited this frothy stuff twice, went to ER they did blood test found that her ALT and AST were sightly high 40 and 50 , and moderae blood in urine but she had no urine issues, gave her nurofen for pains, and the pains went, they did othr blood test, cpr/ fbe/lipase UEa, BPthough was 90/55 heart rate 55 gave a drip and felt betterultra sound tomorrow, not sure why her BP fell down so low she only had a skinny shake for breakfast could that have caued the issue.
      Regards
      Heather

      March 26, 2015 at 10:18 | Report abuse |
  14. kate

    To Rhena – Maybe this is your problem. I was diagnosed a few years ago after a Tilt table test. I've had it since I am a teenager.
    Vasovagal syncope is the most common cause of fainting. It occurs when your body reacts in an exaggerated way to such triggers as the sight of blood or extreme emotional distress. The trigger results in a sudden drop in your heart rate and blood pressure, which reduces blood flow to your brain and causes you to briefly lose consciousness.
    Vasovagal syncope is usually harmless and requires no treatment. But your doctor may recommend tests to rule out more-serious causes of fainting, such as heart disorders.

    March 26, 2009 at 16:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Nora

    Another level to check might be potassium for the orthostatic hypotension? I just came across a note from information that I had been gathering months ago that mentioned that acids might reduce potassium. I think that low potassium can reduce muscle strength? I don't know for sure. I do remember hearing of someone who slumped onto their floor and potassium was low in their system. Doctor's opinion or anyone else who might be reading through this that might know?

    March 26, 2009 at 16:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Brit in CT

    for all of you with low BP and are experiencing dizziness and near fainting or acual fainting..... go to the cardiologist.... i have a very simmaler condition and it is called POTS (postural tachycardia syndrome) its symptoms include:

    Lightheadedness
    Fainting or near fainting
    Generalized weakness
    Palpitations
    Shortness of breath
    Chest discomfort and/or pain

    There are others but these are the most common. good news is that it is non life threating...... you will not die from it!!!... although there are many days where you feel like you are dying.... however there is no cure for it.... they can only treat the symptoms and alot of the time the meds they give you also have side affects... it is something you learn to live with and i have found that it helps to implament some healthy life style changes... i am a fairly healthy 19 year old female of 130 lbs....... soft exersice and lots and LOTS of fluids help alot. Talk to a cardiologist and sak about POTS or Inappropiate sinus Tachacardia...... hope this helps! ^_^

    March 27, 2009 at 15:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Stephie

    Okay. So I am reading this and it kinda of seems all weird to me. I have Vasovagal Disease (which is Low Blood Pressure) and Hypertrophy (Which is an enlargement of the left side of your heart walls). My cardiologist told me that Low blood pressure is as much dangerous and hazardous to your health as High blood pressure. I recently rushed myself to the ER to be told that My Hypertrophy is extremely dangerous at this time for it is so enlarged that it is touching my chest cavity. Now, where I am confused is, I looked up my Vasovagal Disease and Hypertrophy and they do not connect what so ever. Hypertrophy seems to be caused more by High Blood pressure rather than Low blood pressure. Now the past few weeks that I have been testinf my blood pressure, it's been in a stage I Hypertension or pre-Hypertension stage... Now my wonder is, can a person with Vasovagal Disease develop Hypertension instead.. because I am not understanding the connection between Vasovagal and Hypertrophy.... Can someone please explain??

    March 29, 2009 at 17:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Matt

    Stephie – (if you are even still checking for a response) – so first to clarify, "hypertrophy" and "vasovagal" are not really specific diseases per se but just decriptive medical words that can be caused by a number of things and may be totally unrelated. Hypertrophy means enlargement of a muscle, which I assume from your post is your heart in this case. It can be caused by a number of things, such as years of hypertension, valve problems, or simple heart defects present at birth, among other things. Heck, exercise causes hypertrophy like it does for any muscle, athletes for example can have pretty extensive hypertrophy. "Vasovagal," on the other hand is a descriptive word meaning there are two things going on: "vaso-" means vessels and "vagal" refers to the vagus nerve, the wires from your brain telling your blood vessels what to do. In this context we are usually referring to symptoms or episodes in which people get lightheaded or pass out because the brain tells the blood vessels to relax (for a variety of reasons), they dilate, and your blood pressure drops. When the blood pressure drops like that, you don't get enough blood to the brain, and you get dizzy or faint.

    To answer your question, these two things are usually totally unrelated. A person can have these vasovagal, hypotensive episodes even if their blood pressure usually runs high. That is, the pressure is high at baseline until the brain tells it do drop, at which point it goes lower than normal and you get dizzy.

    Your cardiologist is right that low blood pressure can be dangerous, but he or she mostly meant in the short term, if the pressure gets too low you get into trouble quickly and acutely. High blood pressure, on the other hand, in most cases is problematic for people when it is high on the scale of years. (Unless it gets very high, like 190+ in that neighborhood, then you can get pretty serious problems acutely as well).

    May 10, 2009 at 18:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Allana

    I'm 18 and I've been experiencing the exact symptoms that 'Brit in CT' describes for at least 10 years. Every time I would go to my doctor I would tell them what was going on and none of them were able to figure it out. they either had no idea and told me that or they told me i was stressed or tired or dehydrated. I've been looking online for quite some time trying to figure out what was going on. but now i finally have something that fits exactly that i can bring to my doctor, or more likely a cardiologist.

    June 5, 2009 at 20:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. elsa

    Today my blood pressure read 91/64 Is this low? I ask as I have been experiencing lightheadedness for a week. I have recently completed a cycle of infertility treatment with injectable hormones (which didn't work) and am having a month off of the infertility treatment. Could the injectable hormones have altered my blood pressure? I also had a very heavy period after my IVF cycle failed and am wondering if i am slightly anaemic and if that is the cause of the dizziness/light headedness.

    June 12, 2009 at 19:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. karen

    I have begun to experience fainting when I get up in the night. Nausea, dizziness, excessive sweating come over me and then down I go. I have tried sitting on the bed for a a few seconds before standing up which helps but doesn't always work. I swim regularly....pulse is usually around 50 bpm, BP is 110/60 which isn't real low. The fainting has not happened during the day, only at night..so far. I have experienced some dizziness/lightheadedness when standing up from a crouched position only. Diet is excellent...lots of fruit, veggies and lean meat/fish. No caffeine either. Hmmm, I guess after reading all of your comments it may be time to share this with my GP. Thank you all for being so candid.

    July 1, 2009 at 19:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. John

    It is very important to check your blood pressure yourself. I have been doing that for a long time, and it made me more self confident. Read, for dutch people, more info on http://www.profilite.nl

    July 23, 2009 at 17:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. jennifer

    I am so glad i found these posts. I have been living with low BP for 6 years now, i have been diagnosed with Vasovagal Syncope, which is just some words to describe my fainting, with no causes. I have been tested over and over by my cardiologist and they found no causes. My average BP is 90/50. I have found when i start to have a episode of black outs, it helps to instantly lay down and put your feet above your head. I have found increasing my water and salt intake has helped some also. I have noticed that in extreme stressful situations though i will start to have an episode. This is just something i have learned to live with.
    Thanks for everyones stories.

    August 2, 2009 at 14:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. LORRAINE HAMILTON

    IAM FOUR MONTHS PREGNANT THE OTHER DAY A COLLAPSED IN THE STREET IT HAPPENED SO QUICK THERE ASNOTHING I COULD DO. THE DOCTOR SAYS ITS PROPBABLY BECAUSE MY BLOOD PRESSURE IS LOW I ALSO HAVE AND UNDERACTIVE THYROID, MY MEDICATION FOR THIS HAS BEEN INCREASED. I WAS NOT DEHYDRATED ,I WAS JUST WANDERING WHAT U THINK MIGHT BE THE PROBLEM . THE DOCTOR SAID IT WILL PROBABBLY KEEP HAPPENING IAM SCARED OF GOIN OUT INCASE I FALL AGAIN. THANK YOU

    August 26, 2009 at 10:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. dawn brunt

    i suffer with low blood pressure a normal reading for me is 70/56 a recent stay in hospital saw it drop to 34, whilst i layed still on the bed not doing anything, ive recently had a blood test done, and my cortisol levels have come back low.......im now wating further test, but unsure what for does anyone know any info on this
    many thanks

    October 2, 2009 at 05:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. priscilla

    i have been married for two years now and l have not been able to conceive. several tests has been run on me, but it all proved futile. for about three years now, l've realised that on the day l'm supposed to have my menses, l have to wake up and exercise before l have my menses. l was diagnosed of low blood pressure . Could that be the cause of my infertility. please help me, for l am very worried.

    December 30, 2009 at 12:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. RIZWANA

    Hi mother is 72yrs old, she has a pace maker , hypothyroid disease, used to be high blood pressure, but now , her BP fluctuates from very low in the morning to very high in the evening.many test were done, to figure it out, but nothing concluded. She is on Blood pressure mdeicines but we are not able to have the BP under controlPls Advice . We are desperate .

    January 4, 2010 at 11:42 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ela

      Hi, I am a registered member @ http://www.pacemakerclub.com. I got my PM one month ago. I know you will find all members very helpful.

      December 26, 2010 at 14:49 | Report abuse |
  28. lexi

    i read this site all the time and love the health tips and i follow them all the time and i am very healthy thanks for helping n i know it seems weird but i8m a very healthy woman

    January 7, 2010 at 20:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Joe

    I have had several episodes of low blood pressure causing me to faint. It has only happened when I was feeling sick with flu like symptoms.I am 47, exercise intensely 5 days a week and eat a healthy diet and stay hydrated. It never happened until I was 46.I went to the hospital last year, but they found nothing and did niot send me to any specialists. Any ideas ?

    January 8, 2010 at 21:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Joe Lia

    At 62 yrs I usually have a normal to a-bit-high BP say of around 128/83.
    Some years ago it went to a high level for a few weeks, then little went down (taking months) to normal.... What surprises me is that one for some weeks my BP went down to averaraqge 50/32... No side effects seemed to effect me. Doctors said we acept it from 50 onwards. I never took GP treatments. However it seemed that this low BP started when I did eat a lot of Kaki fruit (about 40) within less than2 days... many months after if went up (for a few days) to even 198/100 an finally months after back to normal for many many months. What coujld have happened.

    Also, many months ago I heard very clearly and loudly cracking sound from my heart for a few seconds. Doctors said we never experienced this type. Several tests at hospital... showed that erverything seemed allright. This sound could be heared easily from 10 feet distance. can someone tell me what could have happened???

    January 24, 2010 at 08:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Vicky

    I went to the doctor today for an IV Picc line to be inserted by an RN. She aborted the mission after getting it to shoulder level due to my blood pressure dropping to 70/40, may have been less, she wouldn't say. I experienced nausea, a cold sweat, dizziness (while lying down) and couldn't catch my breath. The other nurse came in and administered oxygen until my blood pressure returned to normal.

    My question is this: Did the IV Picc line cause the situation by pushing blood toward my heart on my right arm or have I got an underlying heart problem that I need to ask my doctor about?

    The nurse was rushing to insert the line also and I didn't get sick until she was almost to the top of the shoulder. And, I have had a line placed before in my left arm without incident.

    She said it was a panic attack. I have never had panic attacks in my life and I am 58 years old. I really wasn't nervous at all.

    I also have asthma and am being treated for a sinus infection with IV antibiotics.

    March 22, 2010 at 18:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Jerry O

    Low blood pressure in the mornings.

    For the past year, 4 or 5 times, it feels like all the blood runs out of my arms and I feel weak. Back to normal after 3 minutes. Not related to exercise. No weird heart attack symptoms.

    Went to the doctor: Blood ok, EKG ok. Feeling continues in the mornings but nowhere near the same intensity. Low blood pressure reading, low diastolic:105/52, 94/55, 109/59, 117/66, 116/63, 133/55, 138/51. Stretch and mild exercise in the AM.

    What's up?

    April 21, 2010 at 09:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. KY Gal

    I am a 32 year old, fairly healthy, fairly active female. I have struggled with LBP for MANY years. I've been to numerous doctors/specialists and had so many tests run that I couldn't begin to count them. For years I've dealt with the dizzyness and fainting. Over the past few months, I've been becoming nauseous and staying extremely thirsty. I've also begun to cough up frothy, pink-tinged mucous. It wasn't until after a very recent hospital stay (for completely unrelated issues), that what I'm dealing with may have been discovered. While in the hospital, my BP never got over 80/40 (even after walking) and dropped below 60/30 several times. My doctor is now concerned that I may have Heart Failure. I return to the doctor later this week and will post more after that.

    May 18, 2010 at 01:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. aditi

    hi i am f,20 years old.My family dr. told me that i hv low bp 75/50 he said it cold me affecting my brain and recommended tests like ECG, Mammography, Ultrasund of the lower abdomen, blood tests etc. he said that sometimes i have painful periods so i might be having cysts...could u plz. tell me tests he wrote do they match my condition or not?however i took ecg and echo and acc. to that dr. my valve (heart) is week.

    July 1, 2010 at 03:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Crystal

    My mom is an alcoholic and has been for years. She used to have high blood pressure and was prescribed to medicine for it. In the past year she has lost 30 lbs and has very low blood pressure. Today her blood pressure was 60/40. She had really bad cataracts and is only 46 years old. The eye doctor suggested she might have diabetes. What should I do?

    July 18, 2010 at 17:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. michelle harris

    what will happen at the blood pressure ls 87/51 im very faint and dizzy please hel ,l may even pass out when should i go see my doctor

    July 29, 2010 at 14:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Sharon

    I am 58. I ran a 10k today, while standing around waiting for the resutls, for a second or two things went black. I felt like I was going to past out. I didn't run hard. I was diagnosed with breast cancer, and finished my radiation three months ago. I am now taking aremdix, or anastrzole is the generic name. When I got home I took my blood pressure it was 90/55. I have noticed since I have started taking this medication, that my heart seems like it flutter some, or a quick little shortness of breath. I had already cool down. I had to set down when this happen. Was that because my blood pressure was low at the time. I am very active, and eat heatly.

    October 2, 2010 at 18:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. paula

    was in hospital on monday ,,fainted on the bathroom floor ,dont know anything about it till i wake and cant talk and see blood ,,its the 3rd time and i always smash my face in ,,,i dont want it to happen again ,,plus i have very bad periods ,,and the doctor said oh its due to your low blood pressure ,,,am having an ecg next week ,had one at the hospital they said all was ok ,,but none of us want this ,,its frightening ,,,good luck all

    October 23, 2010 at 10:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Leighann, Saint Augustine, Fl.

    Dr. Gupta,
    Im a 23yr old female, 29wks pregnant with boy/boy twins and have really low bp. (yesterday 65/32) I have gained 26lbs so far which now makes me 198lbs. I have never had bp problems before i got pregnant but since i have been atleast 3-4 times a day i get that overheated, dizziness, fatigue and that "pass out" feeling where my ears start ringing and my vision starts to black out. My question is, "Could this be because im pregnant and it'll go away after they're born or should i talk more with my pregnancy doc and see if it has something to do with my nerves or heart?"
    Thank you for your time!

    December 21, 2010 at 09:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. gulzar

    i am 28 years age and for past one year i am suffering from a problem related to my stomach.my digestion has decreased an mostly a lot of gas is formed in my stomach.also i feel like that my stomach is watery....if you understand...some mucous feeling.besides regarding my body i sweat a lot particularly on my hands and feet.please can u help me out.

    February 8, 2011 at 10:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. michelle

    for 2 days i was kinda tired and dizzy then i had a really sharp hurting pain between my shoulders that made my chest hurt it took my breath and my chest was sore for about 3 days there after with a dull ache then i had some hurt in my kidney area for a couple of days still with this slight ache in my chest so i never made a doctors apt...so i checked my blood pressure and it was 76/ 52 today does this sound like something may be wrong? please e-mail me back....

    March 16, 2011 at 14:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. Carla Lovette

    Hi, i've all the story and the signs of hypontetion and i have them all for the last five years i can sit still for an hour my heart rate is still like 116 or higher and my bloodpresure so low and the doctors still scratching there head it does it so mch it takes my breath sometime seen so many doctors i'm tired this can be scary

    March 25, 2011 at 00:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. carla

    can anyone help me about my blood pressure. my regular or normal blood pressure is 90/60,i think dat was gud right? but most of the time i cant understand why is my blood pressure become 70/40... it was too dangerous? i think it's not normal. everytime will happen it i feel fainting, i feel so weak... im so scared...

    April 2, 2011 at 10:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. Sophie

    I am 13 years old and recently I have been blacking out and feeling horribly dizzy is low blood pressure dangerous???? Dont want to go back to the doctors if it isnt an waste time, thanks

    April 5, 2011 at 20:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. Tonya

    Hi, My name is Taylor im 13 years old and im writing this for my mom She is 40 years of age and her name is Tonya,with low blood pressure and im concerned. She has two kids that are also very concerned about her blood pressure. It is 97/63, Sometimes she says she feels nausiated, and/or fatigue. i'd like to know the dangerous things that can happen and the symptoms of the dangerous effects that can follow with low blood pressure. Thank you.

    April 9, 2011 at 11:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. Tiffany mazza

    i suffer from a chronic pain disordr called rsd i go for lower lumbar sympathic shots to try to control the pain. The nurses take my bp one time it was 85/55 heart disease runs in my family should i worry bout this. Thank u

    May 12, 2011 at 08:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. Nina

    I have a low B.p recent measurement of 80/50. i have lower waist pain, a stiffness in my neck and I have observed that I crave salt and can barely queue. I hate walking. Am 21 I sometimes have dizziness spells and nausea. When I walk for too long I begin to feel disoriented and confused am unable to measure distances accurately and make proper decisions like crossing the road how fast a car is approaching etc.

    May 28, 2011 at 14:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. Sarah

    I just finished my monthly cycle, and from the time I woke up till I went to bed I have been dizzy, faint, with headaches. I checked my blood pressure and it was 96/80. Could my monthly cycle be the cause of this?

    June 22, 2011 at 21:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. Lyann

    I have not got my period this moth , but last moth i had a every heavy period i lost a lot of blood my period was every painful . The third day during the night I got up from my bed to go to the bathroom I went and i decide to go to the kitchen to drink water . As i was walking to the kitchen I start to feel dizzy, Weak and my vision was getting blurring it was difficult for me to breathe it feel like i just ran ... i was really not feeling great as i walk to my parents room and try and get the door handle I faint . My parents heard me as i was trying to open the door when they open the door to see what was going on i was on the floor . My mom try to pick me up and she told me that i was sweating clod . My parents think that i had low blood sugar so the very firts thing they did check my sugar but my sugar was normal. So the question is could it been low blood pressure ?
    Could this be affecting my monthly cycle ? plz help Im very confuse i have not got my periond this month its been a week this is the firts time it happents to me Im going to get a pregnancy test tomorrow and see what is going on but i really don't think im pregnant i don't feel any symptoms but just to make sure and to be safe ..... what could be the cause of all this ?

    October 16, 2011 at 06:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. monlam

    my husband is having low blood pressure after heart attack. just want to know is there any self method to gain blood pressure. or you can say home remedy for gaining blood pressure. thank you

    March 18, 2012 at 02:40 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Harry

      Hi Monlam, someone in my family is experiencing similar problem. After reading several articles and discussions I have come to the conclusion that drinking lots of water and increasing sodium in the diet are best home remedy. However if the patient also has kidney issues then consult a doctor before increasing sodium. Hope this helps.

      March 31, 2012 at 14:03 | Report abuse |
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