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Old 12-05-2012, 03:20 PM
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Default blood pressure & pulse?

I went to donate blood again today and was turned away for the first time because of a slightly low hemoglobin count. I've been 6 times before without issues, so today was a first. Anyhow, what worried me more was that the nurse took my blood pressure and it came out to 80/60. She said it was the lowest she'd ever seen for someone coming to donate blood. Anyhow, because my hemoglobin was too low on the first try, another nurse came in to retake my hemoglobin. I asked her to recheck my blood pressure as well and she told me that she was getting a value of ~90/60. Either way, it's lower than it's ever been. It's typically low-normal, but still within the "normal" range. Today when I got home, I looked at the blood pressure chart and I'm borderline for hypotension.

I get orthostatic hypotension sometimes when I stand up (my vision goes black for a second or two), but I've never passed out because of it.

My pulse was 58 at the blood clinic. I just took it again myself and got 58 again.

Anybody else here have chronically low blood pressure?

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