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When I wake up in the morning my systolic pressure is 86 and my diastolic pressure is 62.

How dangerous is that?



Dear Nicholas,

Systolic pressure under 90 mm Hg is hypotension as it is diastolic pressure under 60 mm Hg.

BP (blood pressure) monitor readings must be taken at different times of day, to determine AVERAGE blood pressure levels over time.

Blood pressure between 90 and 100 (low normal) is normal in children and athletes.

You don't mention if you have symptoms of low blood pressure, such as dizziness, weakness, and fatigue.

It is quite common for high performance or elite-level athletes to possess lower than normal blood pressures.

There are many healthy variables to the often stated "ideal" blood pressure.

A common sports circumstance that creates hypotension is the dehydration that often occurs in an endurance event. If the athlete does not hydrate properly, the production of perspiration by the body in the regulation of its internal temperature will often dramatically reduce body fluid. Loss of fluid will cause a corresponding loss of blood volume, reducing blood pressure.

Asymptomatic hypotension in healthy people usually does not require treatment. Adding electrolytes to a diet can also relieve symptoms of mild hypotension.

The most serious problem with low blood pressure occurs when there is a sudden drop.

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