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Concerns with Low Blood Pressure - Family Medicine

Resident Physician Dr. Tatianna Pizzutto says your blood pressure should be checked every time you visit the doctor. “Our goal right in the middle is 120/80. High can be anywhere between 130/90, 140/90, and then get higher from there. Depending on their background conditions, if they have diabetes or chronic kidney disease, we try to keep them under 130/90,” she explained. But there are things that can cause your blood pressure to be high. “Things like coffee, high salt intake, being really nervous, being in traffic, or feeling like they’re running late can spike their blood pressure,” said Dr. Pizzutto. But if your blood pressure is low—doctors say there’s no need to worry, unless you’re experiencing symptoms. “Low blood pressure could be indications of a really healthy heart, something like a runner, an athlete; they usually have pretty low blood pressure that can range in the 90s over the 60s even,” she said. Younger patients also tend to have lower blood pressure. Regardless of age, if a patient is experiencing symptoms related to low blood pressure like dizziness, feeling light-headed, or seeing spots, that’s when doctors say it’s important to determine why. “If they are getting up from a seated position and standing or lying down and trying to sit up on the edge of the bed and starting to feel really light headed that’s when your low blood pressure might become a problem,” said Dr. Pizzutto. Regular physical activity and hydration can help to increase your blood pressure and manage the symptoms. If doctors determine patients have an electrolyte imbalance they may recommend supplements to help with the symptoms. View More Health Matters video segments at Lee Health in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of health care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For more than 100 years, we’ve been providing our community with personalized preventative health services and primary care to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Lee Health - Caring People. Inspiring Care. Visit