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?"


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.

soundoff (1,398 Responses)
  1. Seo Marketing Agencies

    This site was... how do I say it? Relevant!! Finally I've found something which helped me. Thank you!


    May 11, 2021 at 00:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Video Marketing Services


    May 11, 2021 at 02:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Social Media Marketing Orange County


    May 11, 2021 at 02:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Digital Marketing Association

    This website was... how do I say it? Relevant!! Finally I have found something which helped me. Thanks a lot!


    May 11, 2021 at 03:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Social Media Marketing Brea


    May 11, 2021 at 06:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Local Marketing Business


    May 11, 2021 at 06:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Internet Marketing Near Me

    Excellent blog you've got here.. It’s hard to find high quality writing like yours nowadays. I honestly appreciate individuals like you! Take care!!


    May 11, 2021 at 07:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Internet Marketing Teacher

    I was very pleased to uncover this great site. I want to to thank you for ones time due to this fantastic read!! I definitely enjoyed every bit of it and I have you saved to fav to look at new information in your web site.


    May 11, 2021 at 07:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Content Marketing Firm

    A fascinating discussion is worth comment. I do believe that you ought to write more about this subject, it may not be a taboo matter but typically folks don't discuss these topics. To the next! Kind regards!!


    May 11, 2021 at 10:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Video Marketing Companies Near Me

    There is definately a lot to learn about this topic. I really like all of the points you've made.


    May 11, 2021 at 13:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Local Marketing Business

    It’s hard to find well-informed people for this topic, but you sound like you know what you’re talking about! Thanks


    May 11, 2021 at 14:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Internet Marketing Club

    I couldn’t resist commenting. Well written!


    May 11, 2021 at 16:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Video Marketing Near Me


    May 11, 2021 at 18:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Content Marketing Management

    You have made some really good points there. I looked on the net to learn more about the issue and found most people will go along with your views on this website.


    May 11, 2021 at 18:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. rv dealers in orange county ca


    May 11, 2021 at 21:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. RV Shades California

    Your style is really unique in comparison to other folks I have read stuff from. Thanks for posting when you have the opportunity, Guess I'll just book mark this blog.


    May 11, 2021 at 23:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Repair Body Rust On Sprinter Van

    Aw, this was an incredibly good post. Taking a few minutes and actual effort to generate a superb article… but what can I say… I hesitate a lot and don't manage to get nearly anything done.


    May 12, 2021 at 00:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. truck paint shops near me

    Hello! I simply want to give you a big thumbs up for your excellent information you have got right here on this post. I will be coming back to your site for more soon.


    May 12, 2021 at 00:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. 2006 Dodge Sprinter 2500 Heater Control Repair


    May 12, 2021 at 01:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. RV Upholstery California

    Hello there! I just wish to give you a huge thumbs up for the great information you have got here on this post. I'll be coming back to your blog for more soon.


    May 12, 2021 at 02:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. RV Driver Seats Orange County

    Having read this I thought it was really enlightening. I appreciate you taking the time and energy to put this information together. I once again find myself personally spending way too much time both reading and leaving comments. But so what, it was still worth it!


    May 12, 2021 at 05:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. furniture restoration orange county

    Hello there! This post couldn’t be written any better! Reading through this article reminds me of my previous roommate! He constantly kept preaching about this. I am going to forward this information to him. Pretty sure he'll have a very good read. Thank you for sharing!


    May 12, 2021 at 06:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Sprinter Van Repair Los Angeles

    This website was... how do you say it? Relevant!! Finally I've found something which helped me. Kudos!


    May 12, 2021 at 06:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. RV Driver Seats Orange County


    May 12, 2021 at 08:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. rv sales orange county

    Hello there! I just would like to give you a big thumbs up for the excellent information you've got right here on this post. I'll be returning to your web site for more soon.


    May 12, 2021 at 09:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. rv and camper repair near me

    Aw, this was a very nice post. Spending some time and actual effort to produce a good article… but what can I say… I procrastinate a lot and never seem to get anything done.


    May 12, 2021 at 13:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. body shop supplies lemon grove

    This site was... how do I say it? Relevant!! Finally I have found something that helped me. Thank you!


    May 12, 2021 at 14:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. upholstery repair shop near me


    May 12, 2021 at 14:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. rv upholstery near me

    After looking over a handful of the blog posts on your website, I truly like your technique of writing a blog. I saved it to my bookmark site list and will be checking back soon. Take a look at my web site as well and let me know what you think.


    May 12, 2021 at 15:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. RV Upgrades Orange County


    May 12, 2021 at 15:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. rv awning repair near me


    May 12, 2021 at 16:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Mercedes Sprinter Service Center

    You should be a part of a contest for one of the best sites on the web. I am going to highly recommend this site!


    May 12, 2021 at 16:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Sprinter Van Repair Laguna Niguel

    Good post. I learn something new and challenging on sites I stumbleupon on a daily basis. It will always be useful to read through articles from other authors and use a little something from other websites.


    May 12, 2021 at 19:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. motorhome shops near me


    May 12, 2021 at 20:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. motorhome body shop

    Nice post. I learn something new and challenging on sites I stumbleupon everyday. It will always be helpful to read content from other writers and practice something from their web sites.


    May 12, 2021 at 20:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. RV Restoration Near Me

    Hi there! This post couldn’t be written any better! Reading through this article reminds me of my previous roommate! He always kept preaching about this. I am going to forward this article to him. Fairly certain he will have a very good read. Thanks for sharing!


    May 12, 2021 at 20:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. rv supplies orange county


    May 12, 2021 at 21:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. rex trailers horse


    May 12, 2021 at 21:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. shop repair near me


    May 12, 2021 at 22:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. rv dealers in orange county ca


    May 12, 2021 at 23:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. camper trailer repair near me

    I seriously love your blog.. Great colors & theme. Did you build this website yourself? Please reply back as I’m trying to create my own personal website and want to know where you got this from or just what the theme is called. Thank you!


    May 13, 2021 at 00:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. rv insurance near me


    May 13, 2021 at 00:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. roof repairs near me


    May 13, 2021 at 02:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. Mercedes Sprinter Service Center Near Me

    Greetings! Very helpful advice in this particular article! It is the little changes that make the biggest changes. Thanks for sharing!


    May 13, 2021 at 04:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. bowersox truck repair

    Very good article! We are linking to this great content on our website. Keep up the great writing.


    May 13, 2021 at 04:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. RV Upgrades Orange County

    Good article. I certainly appreciate this site. Keep writing!


    May 13, 2021 at 05:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. RV TV Orange County


    May 13, 2021 at 05:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. best auto body shop in orange county

    You ought to be a part of a contest for one of the highest quality websites on the internet. I will recommend this site!


    May 13, 2021 at 07:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. rv repair parts near me

    You need to be a part of a contest for one of the most useful websites on the web. I'm going to highly recommend this blog!


    May 13, 2021 at 11:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. orange county car upholstery


    May 13, 2021 at 12:23 | Report abuse | Reply
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28

Leave a Reply to Sprinter Van Repair Fountain Valley


CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.

About this blog

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.