I have low BP – typical reading can be 98/68 – and while I pat myself on the back for avoiding high BP, low can be difficult too. There are times when I feel plain sluggish, as if I need a jolt to get going. My doctor assures me I am fine and I probably am but I might feel better if my BP were a little higher. Some things that have worked to get going are a run, caffeine and from time to time, something. sweet. It would be great if a study included those of us with naturally low BP to see the effects over time. I would bet there are reduced CV events but is there something else lurking out there we don’t know about?
I, too, have low bp 100/60. I have had pulmonary embolisms twice. Dr. says low blood pressure equates to blood pooling in calves, so don’t sit too long. When traveling, get out and walk every hour, or, rotate your feet in all directions to get blood moving. Here’s a list of foods that lower blood pressure naturally.
Good suggestion and question Bismark! I’m in the same boat, with a BP around 90/60. I often have low energy despite getting enough sleep and exercise, and I get chilled easily. I eat nutritious meals, limit simple starches, force myself to work out at the gym 3 times a week (which exhausts, not energizes, me), maintain a normal weight/BMI, have normal thyroid function and glucose levels, but have no pep. Doctors say I’m healthy, and I know I’m a lot healthier than many of my younger friends, but it’s no fun feeling so sluggish.
I wonder how accurate blood pressure measurements are. there seems to be a lot of variation 1) from instrument to instrument and 2) for a person depending upon when the measurement is made.
One must be very cautious of basing anything on a single measurement.
Thirty years ago, my blood pressure measured by my internist was 110/70; five days ago it was 140/85. In 1990, it was necessary for me to receive medication to control incipient hypertension, a serious problem for my maternal aunts and uncles; my mother passed on at age 74 and my father at 96.
With the medication, the major side effect was hypotension outside of the doctor’s office, yet readings were in the range of 160/85 when measured by him. Low blood pressure (systolic readings below 80) are very dangerous and life threatening. Hence, there is a limit, clearly.
Since 1990, I’ve been taking a various combinations of an ACE inhibitor and a beta blocker. And 5 years ago, he prescribed a diuretic as a third component to further lower my blood pressure.
Today, my blood pressure is under control with a good night sleep and cardio vascular or aerobic exercise early in the morning. Further, the DASH diet works very well, if followed.
Because high blood pressure is a silent killer, it must be identified and controlled earlyA UCLA study published in Lancet in 2000 examined the correlation between blood pressure and death rates from Framington data. The finding was that below 70th percentile blood pressure for a given age group, there was no increased death risk associated with blood pressure. The age 55-64 male 70th percentile is 148 systolic. It is 159 for age 65-75.
The previous positive correlation for lower BP was based on forcing a single linear slope on the data, in other words, flawed statistical analysis.
There may be good reasons to take BP medication but perhaps not just simple BP readings. Exercise, diet and lifestyle would be much better places to start. I understand that in Europe, BP meds are a last rather than first resort.