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Wooziness and what constitutes too low BP?

Hi everyone- I’m new here. Got a shock recently when GP took my BP and it was 165/90

Definite white coat syndrome; as readings at home over a week have not once been over 135/85! Mostly in the 120’s and sometimes as low as 111/75...

I’m a 61 year old woman who does very little excecise, but follows a plant based vegan diet.

I’ve been getting strange ‘pulse’ sensations in my head, with a whoozy feeling- my question is, is 111/75 too low? And any advice??



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Id think 111/75 would ok. Are you on blood pressure medication now? It sounds it may the side effects. Dizziness is one them. I started on Metoprolol 50mg er 2 months in. It's been 3 weeks I've been gradually getting dizziness, off balance, wooziness, faint when moving around, driving, bending down getting up. I can't do anything. I'm calling my doctor first thing to get off this medication and go onsomething eles that doesn't make me dizzy or I'm going natural without the side effects.

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What is a low blood pressure reading?

A low blood pressure reading is having a level that is 90/60mmHg, or lower.

Only one of the numbers has to be lower than it should be to count as low blood pressure. In other words:

if the top number is 90 or less (regardless of the botton number) this may be low blood pressure

if the bottom number is 60 or less (regardless of the top number) this may be low blood pressure. (http://www.bloodpressureuk.org/BloodPressureandyou/Thebasics/Whatislow)

Hope this helps.

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The only thing to watch out for, is something that 'white coat' masked foe many years with me. I have extreme standing hypertension which tended to show at GPs as a big rise when first there and reduced after a few minutes. However, I have become more ill with various 'events' over the years and no identified reason. We still don't know why but my BP drops when I am sat down and will continue to fall the more i stay relaxed and sat down. When I am asleep its very low to too low which has been causing the strange problems with waking horrors. When I stand it rises and keeps on going up. Tilt table 270/140, at start, sustained for over 35 minutes at over 250/140. I have now been referred on.

I don't have any metabolic syndrome indications apart from being fat.

So check your lying, sitting, standing to make sure your white coat is not masking something else. Ambulatory monitoring, for most GPs and some basic cardiology units, only takes the average or mean. If you are someone who has fluctuating BP, big highs and lows, you will still show a good average even if you do have something going on that should be looked into.


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