Posted by: brigot job | 2009/08/11


85 sistolic
55 diastolic

i' m on a diet and want to know if this is healthy

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Hi Brigot

Low blood pressure is definaitely preferable to high blood pressure, however there does come a point where, because the heart is not pumping hard enough, there is insufficient blood being 'pushed' around the body to supply the vital organs (kidneys, liver and naturally the brain) with the required amount of blood to function properly.

Remember that the blood transports the oxygen (pretty vital for survival!!), as well as many many vital nutrients, so sufficient blood supply to the body is crucial.

From a clinical perspective, some people can tolerate quite low blood pressure (e.g 85/55), and have no clinical signs of low BP, which would then mean that a low BP is 'normal', for them.

If this is the case as far as you are concerned - i.e. you feel fine, no lightheadednes, dizziness (especially when getting up from lying or sitting), unusual fatigue etc. then it there should be no need to 'treat' your low BP. If you are experiencing any different / new symptoms I would definitely consult with your GP.



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