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At what point is a persons BP considered too low ?

At what point is a person's blood pressure considered too low? My mom was put on a new blood pressure medication by her doctor, and now her blood pressure is 97 over 58...I ve been trying to find answers on how low can someone s blood pressure gets before it gets dangerous for them, and I haven t been getting any answers. If ANYONE can help me with this, please do! Thank you!
Fri, 11 Dec 2009
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There is not a lot of research or studies on low blood pressure. The ninds.nih.gov site is a decent resource for health questions. With low BP- it's up to the patient to tell the doctor when they feel it is off. Some tell tale signs (not limited to the following) are: dizziness when getting up from a seated position, extreme fatigue (all of a sudden, you become aware of the effort it takes to breathe), mental slowness/confusion and/or a general lack of energy/enthusiasm (flat emotion look to the face, sometimes with dark circles under the eyes and a slight bluing of the face and/or hands). One of the things to watch out for is a less than 30 point spread between the 2 numbers - that means the heart is not pumping well. If she doesn't feel right then keep at the doctor or find a new one. I've gone through this with my parents and best friend - it's tough to find a doctor that will take it seriously but worth the effort in the long run. Good luck!
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