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Just out of curiosity...and cause my last check w-the doctor said my blood pressure was 90 over 42(which he said was ok as long as I didn't feel dizzy or faint at times...which I don't). Any other board members with very low blood pressure? Anyone every have any issues/problems associated with low blood pressure?

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Generally anything 120-140/80-90 is considered prehypertensive. Anything over 140/90 is considered hypertensive-high blood pressure. Generally, as long as you are not hemorrhaging, and your BP usually runs low but at the same level, and you have no symptoms like dizziness or fainting, they don't get too excited about the lower BP's.

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My BP tends to sit on 85/60 I can function quite well at that level without medication.The only complication seems to be that I take tooo long to wake up after having anesthetics...both general and local. If I go to the dentist and have a local ,I have to take a sick day from work because it knocks me right out for about 3-4 hours, and it usually takes a good 24 hours to get back to "normal".

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Seriously, people don't realize that "normal" isn't normal for everybody. For example, my "normal" body tempature is 98.4. When ever I get a physical, that's what I have. When I am sick and have a 98.6, it's actually a low-grade fever for me.

My normal temp is 99.1

It's interesting to see how people differ.

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Peachie,

Were you standing or sitting when the bp was taken?

It's pretty low, but that's a good sign (as long as it doesn't get too low). The ratio between the numbers is also as important as the actual values.

Most female "normal" temperatures is below 98.6. Mine is about 97.1 - and I've also had discussions with nurses about whether or not I have a 'temperature'.

Jennifer -I don't think low bp will make you more sensitive to the cold (cold weather reputedly increases one's bp), but you might have a slight case of Raynaud's - that's pretty common.

Anne

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Seriously, people don't realize that "normal" isn't normal for everybody. For example, my "normal" body tempature is 98.4. When ever I get a physical, that's what I have. When I am sick and have a 98.6, it's actually a low-grade fever for me.

My normal temp is 99.1

It's interesting to see how people differ.

Wow... you'd be like a hot-water bottle on a cold night! laugh
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It seems that many things can affect blood pressure. I've always had low blood pressure, body temp, and resting heart rate, and I always felt cold. Since January I've been going to a weight management doctor who ran 28 different thyroid tests on me. As it turns out, I have a rare thyroid condition and the symptoms above (plus obesity) are the primary symptoms of that particular condition. Since being put on the meds, diet and exercise, I've lost 85 pounds, my BP is up to 112/62 and my pulse has gone from 66 to 101.

I'm not buying the cold weather-higher BP theory. It was -25 outside in January when my BP was only 90/54. That's cold enough for me!

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You're giving me hope, Mellie!!! I, too, have battled with thyroid issues my whole life (I'm hypothyroid.) All the symptoms, 4 miscarriages, etc --- and now it's all tied in with adrenal exhaustion and insulin resistance making it a lot worse. They Synthroid never worked but the Cytomel did for awhile and I lost 90 lbs. Then it stopped when the adrenals crashed. Now they're desperately trying with Armour. They've got my basal temp up from 96.5 to 97.5 (woo hoo!) Given another decade or two they might actually get me up to normal --- just in time for menopause to change it all!!!LOL Right now the general concensus is that if they can kick the metabolism in, the rest of it (adrenals, pituitary, pancreas, bp...) will all begin to fall into place. Here's hoping! Please share your success secrets with me!

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I'm not buying the cold weather-higher BP theory. It was -25 outside in January when my BP was only 90/54. That's cold enough for me!

I sure hope you didn't have your bp measured outside!! spin

In general, cold weather results in constriction of blood vessels (to conserve heat) --constriction = smaller vessels = more resistance = higher blood pressure.

Anne

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AnneG,

I was sitting when it was taken. Your comment about the ratio makes me think...since my cholesterol went from over 200 to 166 my bottom bp number went from approx 70 to 42. (top number always came in about 90 to 100) So is it good that there is now a BIGGER ratio between the top/bottom bp?

Mellie & Kathy Lee,

I too thought a thyroid prob might be at work, but my test came out fine. I wish you both (and everyone else) good & improving health.

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Originally posted by pauliemississippi:

Seriously, people don't realize that "normal" isn't normal for everybody. For example, my "normal" body tempature is 98.4. When ever I get a physical, that's what I have. When I am sick and have a 98.6, it's actually a low-grade fever for me.

My normal temp is 99.1

It's interesting to see how people differ.

Wow... you'd be like a hot-water bottle on a cold night! laugh
Paulie, 98.4...now we know why you frequent the tropics as your home away from home. Like Jimmy Buffet said "I gotta go where it's warm" cool

I have no excuse for mine (99.1) hot blooded crazy Italiana woman from Jersey. :rolleyes:

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Peachie,

The '42' is low; 90/60 would be a better ratio. Remember your bp varies during the day - it very well could be 90/55 tomorrow. BUT - as long as your dr says you're ok, then there shouldn't be a need to be concerned (unless your pulse is unusually low). There are diseases that could result in very low bp (if you're thinking along the lines of thyroid/endocrine issues, then I believe Addison's often shows up as low bp).

That said, there are many people around with very low blood pressure and it's nothing to be concerned about --just make sure you have regular checkups and see dr if you're lightheaded, dizzy, faint (reaction to news of the upcoming Raz CD doesn't count!)--that's an indication the brain might not be getting the bloodflow it needs.

Anne

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[QB] You're giving me hope, Mellie!!! I, too, have battled with thyroid issues my whole life (I'm hypothyroid.) QB]

Ecstacy - I too am hypothyroid. Have been since the birth of my second child.Also, thyroid problems run in my family. I get cold very easily and it takes awhile for me to get warm again once I get chilled. I take leventhroid to keep it in check - only 50 mcg - lowest dose available.

Peachie: I hope everything will turn out fine and as long as your doc gives you the ok to go about your daily life then go for it - enjoy!!! psych

HT from Mo

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Hey... all you people who get cold could come to New Zealand where it doesn't get that cold... :Plaugh And recently I had blood pressure that was 195/112 so I could share some of mine with those of you with low BP. At one stage my BP was double that of Kiwi's.. crazyeek

Muzza cool

So, do you have room for all of us?? confused

If so, I'll be sure to bring my can of Speedway Spray by NASCAR! crazy:P

HT from Mo

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What I know is that heart rate i.e. pulse should be low rather than high...

??? Are you sure? The best and truest resting heart rate (right after getting up in the morning) should be a person's lowest for the day, and the max shouldn't be more than 220 minus your age, but how low are you talking? I think the more active a person is, the higher their heart rate will typically be. If a person can get their heart rate to stay in mid-to-upper range for their age group, they're going to have stronger heart muscles, making them less susceptible to heart-related illnesses. They're also going to be moving more oxygen to their muscles and carbon monoxide away from the muscles, helping them burn fat more efficiently so they can stay toned and live a longer and healthier life.

There are some blood pressure meds that will lower the heart rate, making it harder to reach the healthier aerobic levels and sometimes even feel a bit lethargic.

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