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Low Heart Rate & Low Blood Pressure


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Just a question about why I might have low blood pressure.  My resting heart rate is 40-42bpm, that is low, but I read that it is not uncommon for younger active people to have a heart rate in the 40's... 

Now as for the blood pressure, at the doctors the other day and they said my blood pressure was below normal.  I think its because my heart rate is so slow, but thats just my best educated guess.  I am certainly not dehydrated (4-6 quarts of water a day and no deuretics).  But my sodium intake is through the roof.  But I read that high sodium intake leads to high blood pressure? 

So is there something wrong here?  What could be the reason(s) for the low heart rate and blood pressure?  Any input, as always, would be appreciated.

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You should have asked your doctor at the time. Because you're quite badly underweight at the moment that could be a reason for your blood pressure being below normal and it can also result in a low heart-rate.   Did the doctor not make the connection?  Does he/she know that you have eating problems?

High sodium intake is a factor in developing high blood pressure over time.  Salt is something we get less efficient at dealing with as we get older.   However, being overweight, inactive, smoking, drinking alcohol... all of those things will raise blood pressure too.   It wouldn't hurt you to keep your salt intake at or below the recommended 6g a day as you keep gaining weight.

It is due to being underweight.

hi osainto! Like you, I have low blood pressure, and, like you, I also eat a ton of sodium (however, I also have a really high resting heart rate. Go figure.) I do also drink a lot of water, which makes me wonder if that kind of cancels out all the sodium we eat? Anyway, hypotension is tough to find information about; in my experience, most of the stuff you will find on the web is about hypertension.

I vaguely recall my doctor saying last time I saw her that thinner/smaller people do usually have lower bp. Still, my advice is to go back to your doctor (or see a different doctor) and talk about this...for several reasons...Number one being that there are some pretty serious consequences (fainting, organ failure) if your blood pressure drops too low, so you at least want to monitor that. Apparently, having both a too-fast or a too-slow heart rate can cause low blood pressure, so thats your most probable answer, but it can also be from a couple of underlying conditions (Mostly heart problems; I think anemia is one too)...seems unlikely if you don't have any other symptoms/health problems, but you may want to get those ruled out. Good luck! =]

Jane,

She did make the connection, when I asked is it dangerously low.  She said not low enough to worry about and said its because I was skinny and active.  I didn't press the issue any further there.

I just wanted to give you some advice.  Push the issue with your doc.  I was in the hospital for 4 days last year because I was losing my vision, getting clammy, feeling weak/nauseous sometimes while standing or walking for long periods of time.  If you have these symptoms please call your doc or go to ER immediately!  I am F 125-135 and 5'10'.   It would hit suddenly and would go away after sitting for a few minutes.  They kept me because of LBP.  they were trying to figure out why and still haven't decided if it is because I have MS or my weight.  I lost about 50 lbs in a year so they sent me to a nutritionist.  I also have to take a water pill, salt pill (both prescription) and Zoloft to up my BP.  Get to wear prescription stockings too to keep the blood by my heart and brain (not cute!!).  LBP can be very serious if untrreated which I didn't know.  You could have a stoke, heart failure, heart attack, ect.  Please for your sake talk to your doc and either get help or ask them ways to try to up your BP.  Salt, soy sauce, peanuts, ham,sunflower seeds were recommended to me!   Please take care of yourself!

osainto

Like you bro. I too have a low blood pressure and resting heart rate (34), and take it from me it is a serious thing and is due to being underweight.  Just yesterday I was getting packed to go due some camping when all of a sudden my chest started hurting and I got really light headed.  I got rushed to the hospital where they immediately hooked me up to an EKG and everything for monitoring.  Once the cardiologist came in my nausea had gone away but my chest still hurt.  They then did a stress test on my heart which in tailed me running on a tread mill to my target heart rate then taking a ultra sound of my heart.  Luckily there is nothing wrong with my heart and it is functioning normally. The cardiologist said because I ate healthy my heart was healthy, but because I restricted calories my heart was having trouble getting energy to function right.

I all my best advice is to go get a stress test done on your heart, and to continue to eat healthy and EAT MORE. ED is a b*tch and we have to get through it. I am in the same boat you are bro, and I'm here for any support you need.

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Original Post by jenny2682:

I just wanted to give you some advice.  Push the issue with your doc.  I was in the hospital for 4 days last year because I was losing my vision, getting clammy, feeling weak/nauseous sometimes while standing or walking for long periods of time.  If you have these symptoms please call your doc or go to ER immediately!  I am F 125-135 and 5'10'.   It would hit suddenly and would go away after sitting for a few minutes.  They kept me because of LBP.  they were trying to figure out why and still haven't decided if it is because I have MS or my weight.  I lost about 50 lbs in a year so they sent me to a nutritionist.  I also have to take a water pill, salt pill (both prescription) and Zoloft to up my BP.  Get to wear prescription stockings too to keep the blood by my heart and brain (not cute!!).  LBP can be very serious if untrreated which I didn't know.  You could have a stoke, heart failure, heart attack, ect.  Please for your sake talk to your doc and either get help or ask them ways to try to up your BP.  Salt, soy sauce, peanuts, ham,sunflower seeds were recommended to me!   Please take care of yourself!

 

Jenny,
Just wondering why you need a water pill, since that should lower your
blood pressure as well, though I guess it's because of the salt intake?
-Jerry

 

 

 

Sorry it is a water retaining pill-hydroclor something!

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Ok. Thanks for clearing that up.

 

Hey,

Yes, sodium does increase blood pressure. In my Healing and Health Challenges class I learned that any younger person (22-ish or less) who is healthy tends to have a lower BP. The "standard" is 120/80 (systolic/dyastolic), but mine is considered low at 105/65. I asked my teacher right there, and had her check my BP too to make sure it was right. She then explained to me that my BP was normal for my age.

What is your actual blood pressure? (If you don't mind me asking)

Yup being underweight will do it! I'm 5'6, when even when I weighed 110, it was still underweight enough to put my heart rate in the 40s and my blood pressure at 80/40.

I believe, if memory serves it was like 90/54.  RHR 40, 5'9 20 year old male.

Mine was in the 80-90/40-50s during the tilt table test.  Feel free to contact me or add me as a friend for support!  Please watch out for yourself!

Hmm, that is VERY low. You you are still concerned about it you may want to try seeing a different doctor. If not, keep getting your BP taken. You can buy a blood prsessur cuff and a stethascope and you can take it yourself, haha. Anyway, I would be worried if it gets any lower, and I would make my doctor run some tests. Doctors often like to say "theres nothing wrong" but they can run tests if you ask.

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