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Low blood pressure - has anyone permanently raised theirs?(11 Posts)
My blood pressure is usually 95/60 and I wondered if anyone else had this and could give me tips on raising it? It's always been low which I realise is better than high, but combined with other health issues is sapping my energy a lot the older I get.
Thanks in advance x
I too have very low blood pressure, usually wake up at 80/55 or lower making me feel very dizzy. Cardiologist advised to stop all caffeine, drink a lot of water and no alcohol, wear support socks, but none of that has helped is a drug I've started taking for something else (sleep issues), amytryptiline and that has helped raising my HR and BP. I now only take it once or twice a week due to other issues associated with it, but it is still help with the heart.
Do you have dilibitstijg symptoms as a result?
I used to have this years ago but has risen to around 109/67 in mid 40s, may just be age but I used to never eat anything salty and now I do. Just things like I use salted butter now rather than unsalted, eat more cheese, and odd packet of crisps. Wouldn't add too much but with DH being French we have things like cheese after a meal.
I presume you've had blood tests to rule out other things like anaemia or diabetes. I used to feel very whoozy with it, faint and very nearly collapsed in middle of road with it a few times. Doctors normally don't want you to raise it, at least mine told me not to.
Why do you think low BP is sapping your energy?
Sorry - posted too soon.
Low blood pressure is defined as 90/60 or below, so yours isn't low.
My BP was 95/60 for years. When I was pregnant it used to go up to 105/70.
Now I'm older it's about 110/80.
Really low blood pressure tends to occur when a person has significant blood loss.
Thanks for the replies. Ive tried to eat a bit more salt, already drink a lot of water and only have decaff tea/coffee but it is still low. I feel so dizzy lately and though lack of energy has always been a problem it seems to be getting worse.
I think blood tests to rule out anaemia may be an idea.
Yes its worth running basic blood tests - I never had low energy with low blood pressure but had dizziness. I go anaemic from time to time which can cause tiredness and dizziness. Friend had tiredness and it was her thyroid. Diabetes can cause too. Gynae told me hormones can cause dizziness around periods. Might be worth getting B12 tested too. There maybe other things, doctor will know.
Having too much salt isn't good for kidney function, BTW.
How old are you? I've always had lowish blood pressure but it was especially low during my two pregnancies. Its now low as I'm going through the menopause. It's a pain as indeed, it makes me feel dizzy, and the dizziness makes me anxious as worried I might fain, which increase my anxiety which makes me feel even fainter! Now I know it's normal though, I don't get as anxious, just let it pass. It's worse in the mornings and I usually start to feel normal in the afternoons.
Mine is usually around 78/52 - I avoid hot baths and getting up too quickly. Has always been low, so cannot say if I would be more energetic if it was higher.
I walk around 12000 steps a day, drink lots of water and coffee (not decaf). I have HRT patches and probably (definitely) drink too much wine and never use salt except on boiled eggs and potatoes.
I would definitely get blood tests to rule out anything else.
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