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hi can owning a dog lower blood pressure? we bought a dog about

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hi can owning a dog lower blood pressure? we bought a dog about 2 months ago and since then my blood pressure has gone down to 80/49. i found out few days ago at the emergency room that my bp is usually low but this time it has gone down way too low. what should i do?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Vakul Aren replied 1 year ago.

Owning a pet is helpful in reducing stress,loneliness and helps in longevity of life and good health of the owners.It is also been found helpful in reducing the obesity and hypertension due to increased physical activity like walks involved in taking care of a dog.The cause of further lowering a already low blood pressure should not be attributed to owning a dog.There would perhaps be a medical reason behind this which needs to be looked for.A thorough physical examination and subsequent investigations based on the findings of the physical examination will help pinpoint the cause.The opinion of a physician or a Cardiologist may be sought if the diagnosis is difficult to reach.A low blood pressure is not a disease,but the sign of some disorder ,it may occur normally in some people.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.


can bacteria infection be the cause?

Expert:  Vakul Aren replied 1 year ago.

Severe sepsis,which will result in fever,chills and many other constitutional symptoms will be seen in case of low blood pressure due to acute bacterial infection.Low blood pressure may be seen due to systemic diseases, cardiac causes like heart failure,cardiac arrhythmias like tachycardia/bradycardia,Pulmonary embolism,severe septicaemia or sepsis,Orthostatic hypotension or postural Hypotension,due to drugs like Diuretics/antihypertensives,hormonal causes like Hypothroidism,Adrenal insufficiency,hypovolumia due to sudden blood loss, diaorrhea/vomiting,dehydration,prolonged bed rest and autonomic nervous system insufficiency.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.

3 months ago i was diagnosed with h.pylori and treated for it. 2 weeks ago when my bp was 80/49 and i was in emergency. they told me that i probably have a bacteria infection. didn't prescribe antibiotics, i ended up in walkin clinic last week the dr said that it's probably campybacter pylori and he perscribed a week of antibiotics. i've been on it for 2 days and i feel better. at the hospital they didn't test my stool for the infection. they wanted too but i was too sick to get up to go the bathroom and when i did it had urine in it so they couldn't test it, and they decided to discharge me and they said i should be ok within a week but i wasn't so i ended up in a walkin in clinic the dr there didnt test my stool either but he asssumed that i have campylobacter pylori infection after a physical examination. however this is the first time that i've ended up in hospital with sucha diahhrea. last may my doctor requested a 48 hour holter monitor test for me due to the palpitations i was having and the result was that my heart skips a bit, and it's a healthy heart. should i get my heart checked again?

Expert:  Vakul Aren replied 1 year ago.
Ruling out any cardiac arrhythmias by a ECG and a Holter monitoring may help since you have had arrhythmias earlier.A H pylori infection causes hyperacidity and usually does not cause hypotension unless accompanied by vomiting .Watery diarrhea can cause low BP due to volume loss.Acute viral or bacterial infections can also cause you to feel very sick and have hypotension.It is best to trust your treating doctor and follow his advice.Fluid replacement with water and electrolytes orally may help restore any fluid loss and help raise the blood pressure.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

i was diagnosed as being h.pylori positive when i had gerd and coughing. not necessarily vomiting. but that was like 3 months ago. and about 3 weeks ago at the hospital (when i was having a stomach flu) they said i usually have a low blood pressure but this time it's gone down too low. and it's been a few days that i've been taking antibiotics for camplyobacter pylori

Expert:  Vakul Aren replied 1 year ago.
Acute viraemia may lower the blood pressure.Post viral dysautonemia can cause hypotension in the weeks following a viral infection ,neurally mediated hypotension is also known to occur following an attack of viral infection.The hypotension you are having may be explained as a post viral hypotension.You may need to follow up with your doctor and a cardiologist if matters do not improve.Other symptoms which may occur will include tachycardia,dizziness,fatigue,exercise intolerance,orthostatic intolerance and hypotension(inability to stand as the blood pressure will fall on assuming a standing posture).
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

do you think i might have salt or magnesium deficiency? i was on nexium for about 2 months had to stop it due allergic reactions and this was just a month ago.

Expert:  Vakul Aren replied 1 year ago.
Depletion of water and electrolytes will lead to hypotension. Replacement of electrolytes and fluids orally will replenish any such loss.You can be tested for the various electrolytes if it is felt that you are deficient in any of them,Calcium ,Magnesium ,Sodium and Potassium are the usual electrolytes which are tested.Any deficiencies can be replaced easily.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

what are the available treatments for post viral hypotension syndrome?

Expert:  Vakul Aren replied 1 year ago.
Evaluation and treatment of the underlying cause like cardiac arrhythmias,pump failure and electrolyte levels is done and corrected. Orthostatic hypotension or postural intolerance can be corrected by being careful,getting up gradually and a increase in fluids.Beverages like tea and coffee contain caffeine and may help.Drug treatment is usually not required.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.


if drug treatment is required. what are the drugs for this condition?

Expert:  Vakul Aren replied 1 year ago.
You may take additional fluids and salt with your diet.Use of Ibubrufen and Indomethacin has also been found helpful. Midodrine has been used in orthostatic intolerance .Pyridostigmine increases the upright blood pressure and is used in Myaesthenia gravis.
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.

are the sport of equesterianism and travelling to warm climates like mexico or cuba good for people with low blood pressures? i live in toronto and it's pretty cold up here i read on the net that people with low blood pressures shouldn't make big climate changes suddenly.

Expert:  Vakul Aren replied 1 year ago.

I suggest that you please rate the answer positively before we proceed further.I have already answered over ten queries without a single acceptance of the answer.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.

do you think i might be low in iron? they probably checked my electroloytest at the er at the hospital 2 weeks ago but i dono if they checked for iron

Expert:  Vakul Aren replied 1 year ago.
Anaemia is also a known cause for Hypotension. However,it is accompanied by other side effects like palpitations,breathlessness and fatigue.To check the iron,they would need to do a check of your haemoglobin levels ,also the iron stores of the body may be checked by a serum ferritin test.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.


i just saw my family doctor. i told him i'll take my last dose co-ciprofoxacin tomorrow night (a walk in clinic doctor perscribed it). and family dr told me that if my diaharrhea doesn't go away within a month to go back to him ( he probably would request a holter monitor test for me then or send me to a cardiologist) he told me to take probiotic. i started taking the probiotic today but it's been a week that i've been on co ciprofloxacin does this put me at risk for the post viral hypotension syndrome? i mean did i start taking the probiotic late? i've been told that this antibiotic apparently kills some bacteria that the body needs and that's why i'm still having stomach flu after being on it for almost a week and my dr told me to take the probiotic to replace the needed bacteria. but i started taking the probiotic 6 days after i started taking the co-ciprofloxacin, am i at risk for the post viral hypotension syndrome?

Expert:  Vakul Aren replied 1 year ago.
The risk for Post Viral Syndrome and the use of Ciprofloxacin(CF) are unrelated.The probiotic would help replace some of the good intestinal bacteria killed due to antibiotic therapy.The stomach flu would be secondary to either a viral infection or a bacterial infection.If it were due to a viral infection which is more likely,than you may get Post Viral Hypotension Syndrome,whereas the bacterial infection is unlikely to cause a post viral syndrome.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

are spicy foods good for people with low blood pressure? thx

Expert:  Vakul Aren replied 1 year ago.
Although a lot of spices have a hypotensive effect on the body,as per Mayo Clinic some spices like rosemary,aniseed and ginger may help raise the blood pressure. Processed food contains high amount of sodium/salt which will also help raise the blood pressure.Fructose containing foods,liqorice (amounts over 5 grams/day),fatty foods and red meat should be avoided by hypertensives.

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