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Old 07-09-2004, 05:31 AM   #1
Donald Woodson
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At work there's this blood pressure machine which I've been using most every day. When I first started working out, my bp was checking around 150/90 or something like that. Over the next few months, I've watched it steadily drop to more normal ranges (120/80).
But the last week or so, the readings have averaged 110/74.
My question is, how low is too low?? And what do I do about it, if it is too low?
Side note for those interested: the most rapid drop seemed to occur about a week after I incorporated fish oil/borage oil capsules into my diet.
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Old 07-09-2004, 07:10 AM   #2
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I wouldn't worry too much about it, but you should mention it to your physician at your next check-up. Personally, I have very low BP, and it's nothing for me to read a 90/50. I've asked doctors and nurses about it before, and they didn't seem overly concerned. To quote, "some people just have low pressure". I don't think your 110/74 is outside the normal range at all. That's a pretty healthy reading, and not an area for concern.
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Old 07-09-2004, 08:36 AM   #3
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Thanks Craig, All this time I've been worried about my high BP. It hadn't occured to me what low bp could be. But if 90/50 is still good, then I'm happy. I guess I'm only in trouble if the machine reads 00/00. Thanks again.:happy:
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Old 07-09-2004, 08:47 AM   #4
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Donald-

this is a VERY good trend. Any diastolic reading ( the lower number) over ~80 is causing low level kidney damage and is bad in a number of other ways.

Mine was similar to your original reading several years ago at the ripe old age of 24! Low fat, high carb just about killed me.
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Old 07-10-2004, 02:02 PM   #5
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Robb, you mention the damage that high blood pressure does to the kidneys, and if I understand correctly it weakens blood vessels all over, increasing the chances of a lot of bad things. Do you or does anyone know how long it takes the capillaries and blood vessels to return to full strength and elasticity?
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Old 07-12-2004, 10:05 AM   #6
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I'm not sure about the recovery aspect. I believe adequate levels of Vit C, bioflavanoids and other antioxidant co-factors really enhance vascular integrity and so may speed recovery.
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