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Does anyone out there have low blood pressure and if so what happens when you work out? I ask because I am wondering if my blood pressure could be getting to low while working out. I don't have low blood pressure but lately when I work out I start feeling light headed and hungry. Even though I have eaten and know I'm not hungry and I also know my blood sugars aren't crashing. Has anyone ever experienced this?

Thu. Mar 1, 2:38am

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Define "low" - I have a friend who qualifies as borderline "in shock" (according to paramedic guidelines) with a BP of 90/60, and she has no problems exercising. She does, however, have a problem donating blood - most people can pump out a pint in 10 minutes, but she takes twice as long.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007, 2:31 PM

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I usually have 88/48 blood pressure, but I have a high heart rate. I have no problems working out but I cant go too hardcore or my heart rate easily goes over 200 bpm

Tuesday, March 27, 2007, 2:50 PM

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I guess I have low-ish BP - mine is 100/52. I've felt lightheaded too esp. during my dance class (spins make me almost pass out!). I find that I really need to eat enough protein - that helps combat the lightheadedness. Try eating something right beforehand so you keep your blood sugar level high enough during the workout.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007, 4:56 PM

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80/60 here -- I don't have a lot of leeway for my bp to go down, and I find that low blood volume (as from dehydration or giving blood) can be a huge problem. Do make sure you are drinking enough when working out!

Yeah, the last time I gave blood it took half an hour, and I was having episodes of almost-passing-out for a week afterwards.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007, 5:00 PM

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90ish/60ish here - My heart rate is usually in the 50's resting, but once I start pushing when I exercise it easily hits and often exceeds my calculated maximum heart rate. It is at those times that I feel dizzy.

I'm also hypoglycemic. Another thing that can cause dizziness when exercising is low blood sugar. If you think it might be due to low blood sugar, you may want to try a lower glycemic diet, and eat frequent small meals throughout the day rather than 2-3 large ones.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007, 9:13 PM

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If your dizzyness is caused by lower blood pressure, one thing that may help is by squeezing your fist really tightly for a few seconds during the episode or squeezing your legs together. It looks funny, but it works.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007, 11:56 PM

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My BP is high when the top number hits tripple digits. It's most commonly in the low 90s. My low number is usually in the high 50s or low 60s.

I have a home elliptical that I ride for 45-50 minutes usually at least 5 times a week. I do have some problems when walking that my hands very pale and stiff (I think due to lack of blood flow). I like the elliptical because it keeps my arms working and the blood flow into my hands so I don't have that issue. I also have noticed my skin gets really itchy when I exercise but I not sure if that's just a weird thing with me or a BP issue. Other than that, no low BP issues.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007, 9:14 AM

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