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Old 06-29-05, 09:04 PM   #1
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Low Blood Pressure

Does anyone have a rediculously low blood pressure? I went to the doctor today, the nurse checked my BP and got a funny look on her face, she checked it again, then she asked me if I was feeling OK. I told her yes. She told me my BP checked 90/70 both times she checked which would be quite low for someone my age (I'm 38). She called in another nurse. The other nurse checked and got 100/75, but I was getting a bit worried by then because I didn't know if something was wrong with me. I did a little research on the internet and found 90/60 would still be considered in the "normal" range, but readings that low are generally found on younger people. I know that even very athletic people can still have high BP, but does anyone else have very low BP?
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Yeah I had mine tested at 24 hour fitness... the 'trainer' was shocked at how slow my heart was beating.
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I'm 54 my BP runs 110/65 and my resting pluse rate runs between 40 and 50 bpm.
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Mine is usually 95/65. I thought that was kind of low, but the person checking it always says "eh, it's about right for your height and size." My resting pulse rate is right at 70.

I do get 'head rushes' very easily when standing up suddenly, and I have passed out a couple of times (but I think the passing out's related to low blood sugar, not low BP).
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I used to have 100/55 in my teens, but it's a bit higher now.
Haven't checked it in the last six months, but it was pretty low last time.
Don't remember the exact numbers though.
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this time last year, I was borderline high (I'm 33), 130/85. I changed the diet up a little this winter (more fiber, less fat), and started putting on miles on the bike. I checked it earlier this week, and it was 107/75. I did a little dance right there in CVS My resting pulse has gone down from 60 to 55. That feels good too.

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I'm 53 (well close enough to say that)
last week before donating blood got these
bp at 100/60 (usually 90/60) and pulse was 62.
The tech said I was disgustingly healthy!

Bike riding will lower you BP and pulse rate, both of which are good
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43 and 90/55. When I got my life insurance last year the guy thought there was something wrong with his equipment! He took my BP 4 times before he finally accepted the readings. I've always had a low resting HR and super low BP. If I get up too fast I'll start to black out a bit.
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That's interesting. It sounds as if those with super low BP have problems with dizziness if they get up to fast. I don't have this problem, but mine is not quite that low.
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Does anyone have a rediculously low blood pressure? I went to the doctor today, the nurse checked my BP and got a funny look on her face, she checked it again, then she asked me if I was feeling OK. I told her yes. She told me my BP checked 90/70 both times she checked which would be quite low for someone my age (I'm 38). She called in another nurse. The other nurse checked and got 100/75, but I was getting a bit worried by then because I didn't know if something was wrong with me. I did a little research on the internet and found 90/60 would still be considered in the "normal" range, but readings that low are generally found on younger people. I know that even very athletic people can still have high BP, but does anyone else have very low BP?
There is nothing particularly low about your diastolic BP. Many people run 60-65 diastolic pressure. Your Systolic is quite low, but that's great! As to the person that made the comment regarding lightheadedness on standing, that is a function of a sudden drop in BP - not low blood sugar. It is called orthostatic hypotension. Many people in great shape have that experience - I do more than a couple of times every day. My resting pulse is 41 and typical BP is 108/65. I cycle close to 900 miles a month.
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BP and Heart rate both drop with increased aerobic fitness(though HR is a much stronger relationship) and so, aswell, your levels are not horribly low, so i wouldnt worry yourself at all
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I'm generally around 88/50, with a RHR of 40-50 during the season. Off season, I don't usually get above 110/80.
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I'm generally around 88/50, with a RHR of 40-50 during the season. Off season, I don't usually get above 110/80.
Hmm, it appears as if I should expect my BP to go up a bit in the off season then. I'm not sure when that will be though. I live in Texas and ride year round.


On the day I got my BP checked, I had rode for about 2 hours that morning. That may have influenced the results.
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You pretty much just have to get used to nurses looking at you strangely. Mine's always been low in the 90/60 or so range, although after a long period of being sedentary it rose to as high as 110/70. Low blood pressure is a GOOD thing.
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Hmm, it appears as if I should expect my BP to go up a bit in the off season then. I'm not sure when that will be though. I live in Texas and ride year round.


On the day I got my BP checked, I had rode for about 2 hours that morning. That may have influenced the results.
I live in Ohio and my ride time generally gets cut at least 50% in the off season because I hate the trainer. That's what I attribute my increased bp to. I also usually put on and extra 10 lbs or so. I started racing this year, so there won't be a great reduction on off season riding this winter. I expect my BP to remain pretty low.
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Low bood pressure am, during the day

59 yrs old. Felt funny 4-5 times over last year +. Like all blood flows out of my arms. Feel weak for about 3 minuts then all ok. No weird heart attack symptoms. Medic says ekg, blood work ok. Consisitantly mesure under 60 for diasotlic reading in the AM. cycle for over 30 years. Blood pressure always reads low, just never had symptoms before. Resting heart rate between 55-65
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Cyclists should not worry about low blood pressure unless you are passing out when you stand up....and if you are, try a salty snack three times/day.
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Yeah I had mine tested at 24 hour fitness... the 'trainer' was shocked at how slow my heart was beating.
The rate your heart is beating and your blood pressure are two different things.
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Normally, my blood pressure was 110/60 or so ... then I was hospitalised for two weeks fo DVT last August, and I'm not sure if it was the stress or that my heart had to beat harder to get the blood flowing, but the entire time I was in hospital my blood pressure was up around 140/80. They were a bit worried about it. Gradually though, as my INR levels have stabilised and my clots have been absorbed, my blood pressure has dropped. The last few visits it was 115/65.
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I used to donate plasma twice a week and they would take my bp each time. My bp was usually around 115/55. I think the low # needs to be over 60 to donate so they would ask me to stand up and sit down a couple times, then they would take by bp again and I would pass. I asked if the low # was anything to be concerned about and their response was well... its better than being too high.

I've also had problems with getting dizzy when standing up quickly and have passed out once. I see Sky Diver posted that it is not blood suger level related but it only seems to happen when I'm hungry so I assumed that had something to do with it.
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I've also had problems with getting dizzy when standing up quickly and have passed out once. I see Sky Diver posted that it is not blood suger level related but it only seems to happen when I'm hungry so I assumed that had something to do with it.
I doubt your symptoms have anything to do with sugar. They may INDIRECTLY have something to do with oral intake, i.e. if you have not had anything to drink for awhile, you are slightly dehydrated and will have even lower blood pressure when you stand up.

But the lightheadedness you get when standing suddenly is low blood pressure. Just drink plenty of fluids and you should be ok.
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43 and 90/55. When I got my life insurance last year the guy thought there was something wrong with his equipment! He took my BP 4 times before he finally accepted the readings. I've always had a low resting HR and super low BP. If I get up too fast I'll start to black out a bit.
45 years old. 94/58, 45 BPM resting. I have the dizzy prob also when I get up to fast. Goes with the territory I guess.
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Man, this thread makes me feel better. I've noticed the dizzy effect when standing more and more often over the last few months and was starting to worry about it. I coincides with me starting to up the exercise time and distance riding and running, eating healthier, and dropping nearly 30 lbs. I had borderline high blood pressure last time I had it checked(six months or so ago). I'll have to see what it is now.
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I took my blood pressure after riding my eliptical machine for 90 minutes on level 12 and a shower. Here is the results to the test; forgot to say I am 45 years old.

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My BP is usually low and even more so after exercise. 1 hour after a hard ride it's pretty low. If I sit down for 10 minutes then stand up and start walking I've got a 50/50 chance of getting tunnel vision for 10 seconds. I just look at the head rush as a freebie.
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