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kiratsukai
09-03-2010, 11:17 PM
I just had my health check this year and the news is mostly rosy!

I weigh 52.8 kilos :3 That's 11 kilos down from my last health check!!!
Chest X-ray is clear, hearing good, vision meh (but expected), blood test results pending...

Then we got to blood pressure.

The first time I got an error message.
The second time 86/67...
That can't be right... retry.... 87/68...

... I'm a little concerned. My blood pressure has always been perfectly normal until now.

Could it be related to the weight loss?
Is there anything I can do to raise my blood pressure without medication?

Kildread
09-04-2010, 12:05 AM
What numbers for blood pressure do you consider normal? I ask because that blood pressure is very close to my own when I was feeling light-headed last year, but doctors have mentionned that, while it was a little low, it was not a cause for concern (I used to have blood pressure around 100/77 years before that check). Also, if you actually follow a training regiment to keep in shape, numbers could be lower.

It might be related to the weight loss, I mean, 11 KGs is a pretty hefty number. If you've been dieting, stop, increase your meals a little.

Regarding raising your blood pressure, check your daily sodium intake in a day (Everything you consume, from drinks to meals and snacks), a normal amount should be around 1400~1600mgs a day. If you're lower than that, consider adding a little table salt to your meals.

Though, all-in-all, if you're feeling entirely fine with no issues at all, there's likely no cause for concern. Once you get the blood test results in, you'll have confirmation if there's an underlying issue.

Zhiana
09-04-2010, 01:17 AM
I also weigh around your weight (I'm a little heavier) and I also suffer from low blood pressure; which is quite annoying especially when you might need to wear heavy or stiff costumes as in some people it can cause you to faint/black out. I commonly get massive head rushes; on several occasions this has even made me collapse and given my palpitations in the heart - naturally, I was concerned, so I went to see my GP and she recommended that I take a little extra salt with my meals; as this increases your blood pressure.

My BP has been as low as 60/40; but with taking the extra salt I tend to balance around 90/70 and higher. Just make sure that you drink enough fluids to counter balance the extra salt, or you'll jsut feel a whole heck of a lot worse.

distantarray
09-04-2010, 02:36 AM
smoking increases your blood pressure =x

low blood pressure can happen if you are dehydrated, spending too much time in the sun or hot tub, so I'd avoid things like saunas as well. A lack of the vitamins B-12 and folate can cause anemia, a condition in which your body doesn't produce enough red blood cells, causing low blood pressure.


* Diuretics (water pills)
* Alpha blockers
* Beta blockers
* Drugs for Parkinson's disease
* Certain types of antidepressants (tricyclic antidepressants)
* Sildenafil (Viagra), particularly in combination with another heart medication, nitroglycerine

# Use more salt. Experts usually recommend limiting the amount of salt in your diet because sodium can raise blood pressure, sometimes dramatically. For people with low blood pressure, that can be a good thing. But because excess sodium can lead to heart failure, especially in older adults, it's important to check with your doctor before increasing the salt in your diet.
# Drink more water. Although nearly everyone can benefit from drinking enough water, this is especially true if you have low blood pressure. Fluids increase blood volume and help prevent dehydration, both of which are important in treating hypotension.
# Wear compression stockings. The same elastic stockings commonly used to relieve the pain and swelling of varicose veins may help reduce the pooling of blood in your legs.

Eat small, low-carb meals. To help prevent blood pressure from dropping sharply after meals, eat small portions several times a day and limit high-carbohydrate foods such as potatoes, rice, pasta and bread. Drinking caffeinated coffee or tea with meals may temporarily raise blood pressure, in some cases by as much as 3 to 14 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg). But because caffeine can cause other problems, check with your doctor before increasing your caffeine intake.

It probably wouldn't be a bad idea to take 5 hour energy or some pre-workouts once in a while, and also it's good to point out athletes tend to have lower blood pressure and lower heart rate so it can also alright if the heart is strong, low blood pressure without a sedimentary lifestyle is probably always bad though.

If you workout correctly and often and lost a lot of weight chances are your not keeping well hydrated enough during a workout, in a 1 hour workout session lifting weights I drink atleast 1-2 liters of water, usually sip after each set.

distantarray
09-04-2010, 02:53 AM
Low Blood Pressure Is Not Always A Problem

Athletes and people who exercise regularly tend to have lower blood pressure than other people. It is also the case for many people who eat well and maintain a healthy weight.

Low blood pressure may be a sign of health. Healthy people, especially athletes, often have more efficient hearts and cardiovascular systems than other people. Their hearts beat slower and with more force. And their blood vessels are not constricted or clogged by atherosclerosis.

http://www.optimal-heart-health.com/causesoflowbloodpressure.html

it's also good to note if you have low blood pressure without any noticable symptoms it's always never serious.