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Fluctuating blood pressure, low pulse, dizzy

10/27/2007

Question:

my husband is 71 and is having fluctuating blood pressure 191/101, 181/100, very low pulse rate 36-44, & dizzy what is this?

Answer:

Blood pressures in the range you describe are a reason for concern.  The same has to be said about a heart rate of 36 to 44.  Your husband needs an complete physical evaluation, and probably a series of tests of his heart, his kidneys and of the circulation to his brain.  He needs to see a doctor as soon as possible.

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Response by:

Max C Reif, MD Max C Reif, MD
Professor of Medicine
Director of Hypertension Section
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati