Posted By Jackie on May 18, 1999 at 10:17:53
I am a 62 year old female who has been diagnosed as having lone Afib. I notice that my episodes of Afib come on when my blood pressure is low. When I'm in Afib my blood pressure goes very low (86/58). I do not come out of Afib until my blood pressure goes up. What is the relationship between Afib and low blood pressure?
Posted By CCF CARDIO MD - MTR on May 18, 1999 at 19:15:51
Dear Jackie, thank you for your question. Low BP should not cause afib. On the contrary, high BP is usually associated with afib. However, afib can cause low BP due to the fast heart rate that occurs with afib. I suggest that you speak with your physician about this association.
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AFib and Low Blood Pressure Jackie Mossburg 5/18/1999
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