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Date Joined May 2006
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   Posted 6/5/2006 7:54 PM (GMT -6)   
My husband's low pressures started about 2 years ago and have continued to drop. In May he was hospitalized after an episode of Atrial Fib. but a week of tests showed a healthy heart for a 75 yr old with no blockages and no aryth, and clean arteries. 
He has PD and his meds were drastically reduced as they were suspect in some "mental changes" he has. He also has a well controled Diabetes with morning readings about 90. 
about once a day, he has a "funny feeling in his head" and when I take his BP it is usually in the 72/34 to 68/33 range with a pulse of about 80.  At these times when I take his blood sugar reading, it will be normal.  The drs have not given me a range to be concerned about. Will someone give me some advice?
I give him Gatorade at that time, but I am growing increasingly worried. Thank you for your help.

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Date Joined Oct 2005
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   Posted 6/6/2006 10:20 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi eureka,  I think I have seen you over in the PD site.  Welcome to the heart forum.  I have MSA and Multiple Sclerosis.  My MSA (multiple system atrophy) has been dx'ed since feb of this year but started in august of last year with symptoms of low heart rate and extremely low blood pressure to the point where I pass out when I stand.  I even have seizures when my blood pressure gets low.  I take two different medications Promatine and Florinef to keep my BP up and most times it works but sometimes it does drop for no cause at all.  It is quite frustrating and daunting.  Gatorade is a good source of sodium as is salt added to the diet but this adds fluid retention and can constrict the blood vessels.  Parkinson's disease does have a common factor problem of low blood pressure.  Here are some links for you to check out, webmd has some excellent resources on parkinson's disease and low blood pressure as does healing well.  These are just a few I have pull for you.  Please do keep us up dated on how he is doing.  Take care and our thoughts are with you both.




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