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Is low blood pressure caused by narrow blood vessel diameter?

Is low blood pressure caused by narrow blood vessel diameter and lack of exercise? I m often dizzy, light headed, with a headache . I know I have narrow vessels, what should I do to get my blood pumping if low blood pressure is the case? Exercise, yes, but what types?
Thu, 8 Sep 2011
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Hello tuhina;
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Low blood pressure is not a disease and it can be commonly caused by low intake of water and fluids if you are not having disease;blood loss;it is called hypovolaemia.The narrow or wide blood vessels depend upon the physical built up of a person and it does not affect the blood pressure.So increase the intake of water and even you can take electrolyte powder added to the water and your blood pressure will become normal.As for the reason of being light headed you can get your haemoglobin to rule out anaemia which can be another reason of dizziness or weakness.
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Yes, narrowing is an aging process, but it is accelerated by using too much fatty diet, or sugar, so it can cause an early narrowing of blood vessels. Lack of exercise does not burn fat/cholestrol/sugar in your blood and result is increase in weight, also termed as obesity. The combined action of the above factors results in premature hypertension, heart disease and kidneys and brain. SO DO PHYSICAL MORE AND BURN YOUR CALORIES, AND EAT A HEALTHY DIET. The cause of dizziness can be evaluated by your doctor after checking your BP and running a couple of blood tests, depending on age and family history. The best exercise is walking as much as possible, however your doctor can guide you about the nature of exercise, keeping you age, height and weight in view. Don't go for drastic measures as they will be harmful. Hope answered your question.
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