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Is low blood pressure bad?

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by Glock&KimberLady, Aug 19, 2012.

  1. Glock&KimberLady

    Glock&KimberLady Morior Invictus Silver Member

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    I figger some of the medic/EMT/doc types would know.

    Like 80/50, resting rate 55 kind of low.

    I know HIGH blood pressure is bad for a host of reasons, but was curious if low blood pressure (besides the obvious low BP because of shock, trauma, etc.) has any bad associated effects other than gettin dizzy when you stand up too fast....and annoying nurses who keep trying to get a 110/70 "baseline" for surgery who get even more annoyed when you tell them the only when they're gonna get that number is if they seriously tick you off...

    Hey, it's my idle Sunday question. :tongueout:
     
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  2. Lone Wolf8634

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    I don't think so, unless it really gets low. Then staying conscious may become a problem.

    Zombies seem to have no problem with extremely low BP though.:whistling:
     

  3. TalkToTheGlock

    TalkToTheGlock Zombie Hunter

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    Hypotension can be caused by numerous things and can be life threatening.

    A few things that would cause hypotension are...


    Dehydration, renal failure, sepsis, congestive heart failure (can either be hypo or hypertensive), diet, medication (of course).

    I see mostly cases of dehydration, renal failure, and sepsis which causes hypotension. Although dehydration usually leads to the two later problems or sepsis can lead to dehydration or renal failure.
     
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    TalkToTheGlock Zombie Hunter

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    Also, if I was an anesthesiologist I wouldn't touch you with a ten foot pole. Some medications cause dilation of arteries and will drop your BP super fast.

    It's not unusual for a person with a normal BP of 110/70 to drop to 70/40 during surgery, but that is manageable. If your BP drops, it could go sour quick.

    Usually people with heart problems they will give pressors to, to help stabilize the heart and get it functioning properly (although most don't exactly work that good).

    In your case they will probably give you Levofed (norepinephrine) to up your BP, atleast they do that with traumas with hypotension.

    Hope I helped.
     
  5. Mrs. VR

    Mrs. VR Sharon, you will be missed.

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    My daughter gets postural hypotension occasionally, which could make someone pass out, which could be unpleasant.
     
  6. NorthCarolinaLiberty

    NorthCarolinaLiberty MentalDefective

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    I think American averages for many health categories tend to be high. A good example is weight. My normal blood pressure is about 90/50 and I'm pretty healthy.

    My heart rate is 55-60. It was much lower when I was doing serious running. I'd wake in the morning and it would be in the high forties.

    Funny story. I used to give blood plasma in my teens for extra cash (bad idea, but that's another story). They would check your pressure each donation. Sometimes it was 70/30, but I was a little depressed (giving blood will do that). Anyway, I'd jog in place for 30 seconds and up it to 80/40. That was good enough for them.
     
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    My family doctor used to tell me my BP would probably get up to normal if I lived long enough. One morning at the office when I was 25 and had already had a four cups of coffee, the bloodmobile came by and my BP was 92/56. It took the guy 40 minutes to get half a unit.

    Now I'm 61 and my BP runs 110/68.

    JT
     
  8. NeverMore1701

    NeverMore1701 Fear no Evil Platinum Member

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    There is a minimum pressure required to perfuse the internal organs. Bad things tend to happen when that doesn't happen.
     
  9. Glock&KimberLady

    Glock&KimberLady Morior Invictus Silver Member

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    On average, when they take my blood pressure, it ranges from 80/50 on a mellow day, to 90/70 on a cranky day., Heart rate is 55/65 depending on what I'm doing.

    Sometimes they ask if I'm feeling okay. I always am. I once mistakely took one of hubby's clonidine (BP med) thinking it was a Xanax (during the foot cancer scare days). THAT was a singularly unpleasant experience.

    No real worries (since I can't really change it), just an idle Sunday question. I should note I've had low BP and hear rate my whole life, even when I was fat, smoked cigarettes, and when I was pregnant.
     
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    Unless you have an underlying medical issue, low B/P is not necessarily bad as long as you don't have any 'symptoms' from it. Usual symptom is lightheadedness or dizziness, especially when getting up.
     
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    My bp is normally around 95/60 with my heart rate at 50. When I was playing sports and more athletically involved my heart rate was around 40 but my bp has always been low...
     
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    I usually have low blood pressure when I get my yearly check ups but thats usually when I add more miles to my runs and work out the most right before our PT test. One of the Docs actually told me I had runner's vitals. I been told that if you are sedentary and your blood pressure is low that could mean there might be a possible blockage, Im not a doctor so don't know about that one.

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  13. Green_Manelishi

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    Years ago when I ran, my pulse one morning = 38. Most days was low 40s.
     
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    This, do you feel bad? or are just receiving some readings that indicate as such. Are you an athlete, or very physical fit person?

    Get checked out if you are concerned. Don't rely on the GT trust (respectfully of the non-GT docs out there). just go to the Dr.
     
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    My BP is usually slightly higher than yours, but my pulse is 47-53.
    Doctors and nurses get concerned until I tell them that's normal for me.
     
  16. Glock&KimberLady

    Glock&KimberLady Morior Invictus Silver Member

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    Nope, don't feel bad, hence the "idle question" comment repeat. :supergrin:

    I'm not an athlete per se, but I do quite a bit of sports and physical stuff.

    Just curious.
     
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    Do you ever experience dizziness when standing up after sitting for a while? BP below the 85/60 range can sometimes result in some symptoms like that. If you aren't experiencing any lightheadedness or dizziness, however, you're probably fine.

    I used to have occasional issues with low BP and the feedback my doc gave me was along those lines.
     
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  18. Glock&KimberLady

    Glock&KimberLady Morior Invictus Silver Member

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    Orthostatic hypotension, yes...get dizzy or lightheaded...but usually if I forget to eat or have been lying around in bed too long, dinking with my iPad. :supergrin: but that's been ALL MY LIFE.

    Seriously, I'm not at all worried...thought I'd throw it,out here because most Google searching kicks back low BP as related to surgical procedures.
     
  19. Mrs.Cicero

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    Mine is always around 80 or 90/50, even at the dentist's. It occasionally irritates the medical personnel when they cannot get a reading at all on me. Most of the time I tell them it's always like that, so they blow it off. It amuses me to see how low I can make it go, if they make me wait in the exam room for them. Because if they are going to make me sit nearly naked in a cold room, I think they should get excited about something.

    The only person I ever had tell me it could cause a problem was the martial arts instructor who mentioned that once blood pressure drops below a certain point, you cannot fight anymore, and since I was starting at a lower point than normal, I'd lose the ability to fight back faster if I were bleeding much and it started to drop from there. I don't think I particularly want to test his theory, though.


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  20. Glock&KimberLady

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    Ahhh, I do that too...slow down your breathing, watch your heart rate drop, and see if you can drop a few points every time the BP cuff inflates? Hee hee :cool: