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Old 07-10-2011, 10:43 AM
 
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I am on three hypertensive meds and this a.m. my BP was 95/60. I am thinking that is too low. I am thinking of dropping the diuretic on my own as I don't like being on three meds (which is pretty much the max one can be on).

Opinions on what is too low of a BP and what does this mean?
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Old 07-10-2011, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Happy wherever I am - Florida now
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Hi Misty, I'm on three bp meds myself and another to slow my heart rate in order to make both artificially low following my aneurysm heart surgery. Guess I was too fast before. I asked the doctor what was too low and he didn't answer saying don't worry about it. I basically got the feeling that it was only a problem if you passed out.

HiBP is a chronic condition which means management and a bunch of meds together can make you tired. Especially water pills can be a pain if they cause extra bathroom stops though I'm told they are one of the oldest and safest. I would still give a call to my doc for his advice in your particular situation.
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Old 07-10-2011, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Cartersville, GA
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Any systolic BP below 120 is "low." Many doctors would consider anything below 90 to be really low, especially if it's accompanied by symptoms of hypotension, such as dizziness or passing out when you stand up from a seated position. Given the fact that you are on anti-hypertensive medicine, and the fact you are not like any other human on earth, this is a question for your physician. I'd start with the doctor who prescribed the anti-hypertensive medicine.
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Old 07-11-2011, 05:47 AM
 
Location: In a house
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Up until I was in my mid-40's, my blood pressure was typically 90/60. And that was as a smoker. It slowly rose over a five year period, and now hovers around 110/70. I quit smoking 3 years ago. These are the problems I faced with low blood pressure:

1. General body fatigue/lethargy - a multivitamin and regular physical exercise helped.
2. Very very rare moments of dizziness when getting out of bed in the morning, or standing up after crouching (like in the garden). Remembering to get up SLOWLY helped.
3. General anasthesia for major surgery was always extremely difficult to wake up from. Excessive grogginess and "shiver shock" for longer than is usual, excessive confusion that lasted longer than usual, and the "mack truck" body ache lasted longer than usual. Nothing dangerous, but my body definitely resisted. Twilight instead of general, whenever medically acceptable, resolved that problem entirely.
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Old 07-11-2011, 07:02 AM
 
Location: Hawaii
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What are the meds you are on and why do you have high BP? I am assuming it is essential high blood pressure which can be caused by weight gain, family history, smoking, etc... How long have you taken these meds?

Before giving any general advice one would need to know.

BTW, a BP of 95/60 in the am before moving around isn't that low IMO. It's all about baseline and what you run as a normal. Mine runs like that in the afternoon and I quit taking BP meds after shedding 80 pounds 2 years ago.

You ask what this all means; it means your blood pressure is well maintained but I do agree it's time for a med review. Perhaps schedule an appt. with your RN to discuss possible changes.
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