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what is normal low blood pressure? 80/50?


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I have got a bunch of medical problems recently and I don't really know why.

anyway, I am slightly anemic. with my low iron problem, I have just found out that my bp is 80/50 when I was visiting my OBGYN to see why I don't get my period. The doctor didn't really comment on this but should I be concerned?

she said she will check if my hormons are in balance and will get back to me with a feedback soon. she said she will not presribe a pill now and we would wait a bit. I dont want to take pills to get my period back.

has anyone tried those pills? does it affect pregnancy in the future?

Thanks

 

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does not seem normal to me but I'm no doctor.

when mine was 100/50 that was good. When it dropped to 90/40, i felt lightheaded and ucky. Doctor says "low BP is good!"

um. dead people have EXTREMELY low blood pressure.

I know there has to be a "too low" point!!!

That doesn't sound possible.    Are you sure it wasn't 150/60, or 90/60 or something like that?

sorry guys. I just called the doctor and they said it is 80/50.

Systolic blood pressure (SBP) is the pressure when the heart beats.  The lower number in a blood pressure reading is called the diastolic blood pressure (DBP) and is the pressure between beats.  Normal blood pressure is defined as SBP below 120 mm Hg and DBP below 80 mm Hg.  High blood pressure is defined as blood pressure of 140/90 mm Hg or greater.

http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml? identifier=3019847

Original Post by kaseysmommy:

Systolic blood pressure (SBP) is the pressure when the heart beats.  The lower number in a blood pressure reading is called the diastolic blood pressure (DBP) and is the pressure between beats.  Normal blood pressure is defined as SBP below 120 mm Hg and DBP below 80 mm Hg.  High blood pressure is defined as blood pressure of 140/90 mm Hg or greater.

http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml? identifier=3019847

 So... by that logic.. if my BP was 10/5 I'd be healthy? (unconscious, but healthy?) LOL

My sister's has been very low too and docs never say anything. I just KNOW there has to be a cut off? right?

I think that's fine. I've heard anywhere from 80/40 to 120/80 is good. If your doctor wasn't concerned, then I don't think you should worry.

Original Post by crazydiamondchrysalis:

Original Post by kaseysmommy:

Systolic blood pressure (SBP) is the pressure when the heart beats.  The lower number in a blood pressure reading is called the diastolic blood pressure (DBP) and is the pressure between beats.  Normal blood pressure is defined as SBP below 120 mm Hg and DBP below 80 mm Hg.  High blood pressure is defined as blood pressure of 140/90 mm Hg or greater.

http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml? identifier=3019847

 So... by that logic.. if my BP was 10/5 I'd be healthy? (unconscious, but healthy?) LOL

My sister's has been very low too and docs never say anything. I just KNOW there has to be a cut off? right?

My mom's blood pressure is chronically low, but never to the point of her being disoriented or losing conciousness.  I think that doctors worry much more about high blood pressure because of the end organ damage that can happen silently. 

I also know that low blood pressure can be related to dehydration.  Are you getting enough to drink?

I drink 3 liters of water a day. sometimes, I drink 1 liter or 1.5 liter.

anyway, it sounds like it shouldn't be a concern. I am very tired but maybe this is because of other things. I think anemia and low bp is not a good combination anyway.

Low blood pressure is bad in certain contexts like when you have an infection, have lost blood, are dehydrated, or have another medical condition.  We really start to worry when the two numbers get closer together in those situations (like if a patient has a blood infection and comes in with a BP of 40/30).  Being healthy otherwise and having low blood pressure can cause annoying side effects like lightheadedness, dizziness, or fainting, but in med school we've never learned about really making people who have naturally low blood pressure any higher!  It's annoying, but probably isn't going to cause long term damage unless there is another pathology associated with it.  Although I'm not a doctor yet :)  Best of luck with everything! 

I have 80/50 blood pressure as well - doctors always comment on it, that it's slightly weird. They always ask, "Have you always had low blood pressure?" to which I respond, "Yes" and then they move on. It's not a big concern, but it is something they note.

However I'm always EXTREMELY hungry for breakfast and I get dizzy and light headed when I get too hungry. Once in high school I passed out and went the nurse and she said I need to eat every 2-3 hours because of my chronically low bp (I have always been normal or overweight, never anywhere NEAR underweight). 

Original Post by beccajmartin:

Low blood pressure is bad in certain contexts like when you have an infection, have lost blood, are dehydrated, or have another medical condition.  We really start to worry when the two numbers get closer together in those situations (like if a patient has a blood infection and comes in with a BP of 40/30).  Being healthy otherwise and having low blood pressure can cause annoying side effects like lightheadedness, dizziness, or fainting, but in med school we've never learned about really making people who have naturally low blood pressure any higher!  It's annoying, but probably isn't going to cause long term damage unless there is another pathology associated with it.  Although I'm not a doctor yet :)  Best of luck with everything! 

Thanks for the info. I am just tired all the time with no energy to work out. will changing my diet help me to get more energy? also, I have anemia.

Original Post by lafoutloud01:

I have 80/50 blood pressure as well - doctors always comment on it, that it's slightly weird. They always ask, "Have you always had low blood pressure?" to which I respond, "Yes" and then they move on. It's not a big concern, but it is something they note.

However I'm always EXTREMELY hungry for breakfast and I get dizzy and light headed when I get too hungry. Once in high school I passed out and went the nurse and she said I need to eat every 2-3 hours because of my chronically low bp (I have always been normal or overweight, never anywhere NEAR underweight). 

 I am always extermely hunrgy for breakfast too. this is weird. I have always overweight. never been at a healthy weight or underweight.

My mom also has low(ish) blood pressure (90/60 or so) and she's been obese almost her entire life. She's also hypothyroid.

I've been at a healthy weight before but I had to work REALLY hard to get there and maintain it. I gained to overweight while still working out 5-6 days a week (freshman 15).

I'm actually convinced these things are related.

Yes, that's definitely below normal. Standard bp is 120/80. I would definitely talk to your doctor about that, because it's extremely low - I'm surprised your obgyn wasn't shocked with that. 

I recently started midodrine due to my hypotension, and my bp was 89/50.  It's been working great so far :)

I have been battling anemia myself.  My blood pressure hasn't been affected at all, but I have always had near normal blood pressure.  The things that I have noticed (and the main reason I went to see my doctor last summer) was the unrelenting exhaustion.  I started to blame it on the fact that I was fat and had a young child to chase around, but the fact was I knew it was more than that.

My family practitioner told me that exhaustion and lightheadedness can be caused by anemia, so we did a blood test and found not only was I anemic but my iron stores were crazy low.  So I have been taking insane amounts of Iron for about 6 months.  I'm getting better, but it has taken a long time.  My initial H&H was 8.1 and it has improved to the last reading being 12.6.  (Normal H&H for women is 12.0-15.2 gm/dL. 

Enough babbling... my point is, that your symptoms may be more related to your anemia than the low blood pressure reading, IMHO.

I am an ICU nurse and I can tell you that a simple formula we use for BP calculations is 70 is minimum and then you add 2x the age to it for the systolic number...for people under 18, for adults 110/70 is now the standard recomendation for healthy BP.

We actually worry about the pulse pressure increasing, which is the difference between the top and bottom numbers or the MAP which is the average between the 2 or the mean arterial pressure.(SBP+ 2(DBP) / 3) so that would make yours 80+100=180/3=60

We try to keep MAP above 50's....I still say it is a little too low and might want to get it checked more often and be aware of the lightheaded, dizzy, nausea stuff that comes along with low BP.

thanks but how can I treat it?

You need to treat the underlying cause.  Dehydration=fluids, infection=antibiotics ect...your blood pressure should not just BE that low, most of the time it is an indication of something else, are you underweight??  The problems with the period and low BP could be an indication of being too underweight.  If overweight, I would guess thyroid issues..actually even if underweight I would check thyroid.

They should also check orthostatic BP, lying, sitting and standing BP to see if there is a difference...this can indicate orthostatic hypotension, which is low blood pressure only in certain positions.

I am surprised your Dr. did not comment on this, I would get it double checked.

thanks so much. I am overweight, trying to lose weight. :)

never been underweight. I just have these issues everytime I am on a diet. but I eat healthy and plenty. something like 1400-1600 a day. I have discussed the thyroid issue with my primary physican and she said my thyroid s fine. I really doubt. could you please tell me how would I know if I have thyroid problems? and if not, what else could be the reason? 

Has she actually drawn blood and tested a TSH, T3 and T4 levels.  Some dr.'s are notorious for "blowing off" overweight women when they question their thyroid issues...as an excuse for gaining weight.

Low thyroid function is indicated by: decreased rate and force of heart's contraction, causing variable changes in BP, dry, thick and cold skin,  thick brittle nails, dry, coarse hair, puffy face, pale, decreased sweating, fatigue, hoarseness, prolonged periods or no periods, weight gain, decreased appetite, intolerance to the cold.

Excessive Thyroid function is indicated by: weight loss, warm, smooth skin, fine silky hair, excessive sweating, menstrual irregularities or no periods, fine tremor of hands/fingers, intolerance to heat, fatigue.

If these symptoms sound like you, I would ask my primary Dr. to draw blood work and double check your thyroid function.

Normally, if you have hypothyroid(low) you also have a hard time losing weight.

Hope that helped :)

 

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