Hi Kris, there are 2 numbers when they take your blood pressure. The textbook normal is 120/80. I'm supposing the nurse meant the 83 was the diastolic (the second number). That's within normal. Do you remember what the other number was? I'm wondering why she asked you if you felt dizzy unless your blood pressure had been much higher before and you weren't used to it being lower (or normal). In any case, try to find out what the other number was. The first number (the higher one) is called the systolic. Good luck.
Good grief, Ruth. That reading is too low. What did the doctor say? With blood pressure that low, aren't you dizzy?
Well, the reading is low but if you're not feeling dizzy or unsteady or "off" (fuzzy thinking, that kind of thing), there's probably nothing to do. The doctor is the one who should guide you anyway. So, as long as you don't have those feelings, then you don't do anything. I take meds for hypertension, the opposite problem.
Gosh, you guys had me reading up on low blood pressure. (I wish those readings were my constant blood glucose but that's another matter ....) Anyway, it seems some people have lower than normal blood pressure. And I believe the only concern would be to watch for dizziness, fainting, lightheadedness, queaziness, fuzzy thinking - that sort of thing. High blood pressure leads to a lot of other health problems, so that's one more thing you can scratch off your list of concerns.