Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Can BP be Too Low?

Tuesday, 22 May 2012 03:34 PM

Question: Is there such a thing as too low blood pressure? Mine sometimes is as low as 90/60.

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
Low blood pressure, also called hypotension, for many people, can cause symptoms of dizziness and fainting. In severe cases, low blood pressure can be life-threatening. 90/60mmHg is considered low, and causes can range from dehydration to serious medical or surgical disorders.
Low blood pressure is treatable, but it's important to find out what's causing your condition so that it can be properly treated. Athletes and people who exercise regularly tend to have lower blood pressure and a slower heart rate than do people who are not as fit.
Make a note if you have any symptoms such as lightheadedness, blurred vision, fainting, or is the low pressure present on suddenly standing up, or after eating. Are you taking any medications that could be causing the low blood pressure? Visit your doctor if you have symptoms of hypotension.

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