Low Is Optimal?

31 Oct

I’m not a huge obsessor over blood pressure. I know some people have to keep track of their blood pressure quite frequently because of health concerns but mine, not so much. Part of that is probably due to age, and how I live my life, and other random factors but sometimes I feel it is just fluke-ish good luck lol

High blood pressure runs in my family so I tend to think I’m probably going to end up with high blood pressure at some point, it is partially hereditary isn’t it? Kinda like cholesterol? I think…shrug, I dunno.

My blood pressure is always low.

I don’t mean low as in its in the normal range, I mean low as in low. When I am having a medical emergency and have to go to the ER I always have to explain that my blood pressure is naturally very low so if it is reading as normal that means it is actually high. They never listen to me *rolls eyes* which is annoying, sigh.

Today I was in a PharmaSave and they have one of those do-it-yourself blood pressure machines. I haven’t checked my blood pressure in ages so I thought, meh, why not, I have time to kill.

According to the chart on the machine Optimal Blood Pressure is 120 & Below for Systolic, 80 & Below for Diastolic, Normal Blood Pressure is 139 & Below for Systolic, 89 & Below for Diastolic, High Blood Pressure is 140 & above for Systolic, 90 & above for Diastolic.

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My readings showed my blood pressure as:

105 Systolic

59 Diastolic

Pulse 64

There was no chart explaining about heart rates so I’m not sure if 64 is good or bad, I suppose I could google…

…ok, I just googled and 64 is good. Yay! According to the Mayo Clinic:

“A normal resting heart rate for adults ranges from 60 to 100 beats a minute. Generally, a lower heart rate at rest implies more efficient heart function and better cardiovascular fitness. For example, a well-trained athlete might have a normal resting heart rate closer to 40 beats a minute.”

What I’m curious about is the blood pressure readings. When I google about that most articles are talking about high blood pressure and the dangers of having it, they pretty much ignore low blood pressure. One article I did find said as long as you aren’t having any symptoms associated with low blood pressure then it’s ok if you have low blood pressure, sure it could be an indication your heart isn’t able to pump blood as well as it should and you could have heart problems but if you aren’t dizzy, fainting, having blurred vision, nausea or other symptoms than you’re most likely ok.

While that isn’t alarming, it also isn’t comforting lol

I’m not actually worried about my blood pressure readings, since I’ve always had low blood pressure I just take it that is how my body does things. The chart giving the numbers for how to know if your blood pressure is ok or not leaves something to be desired though. I mean c’mon, 120 and below is optimal, but how far below 120 do you go before optimal becomes low? Sames goes for the Diastolic, how far below 80 can you go before it becomes a concern? Shouldn’t there be some kind of cut off number? I’m just sayin…:P


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