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Very Low BP

I am female, 37yrs non-smoker with dilated cardiomyopathy, AT and non sustained VT. I am on many medications but none have changed recently. For the past 4 days I have been bed bound due to my low bp. It is dropping to 80/45 when I stand up. My gp said to stay in bed!? This isn't helping? Any suggestions?
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11548417 tn?1506084164
Did he tell you why and how long to stay in bed? Is there a reason to expect that from staying in bed, the bp will rise again? If not, I think it makes no sense to keeping on laying down. The cause should be found.

Readings below 80/60 usually indicate severely low blood pressure, which may have an underlying cause that could indicate a new, serious heart problem or infection. Severely low blood pressure can deprive the brain and other vital organs of oxygen and nutrients, leading to a life-threatening condition called shock.
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You say your GP told you to stay in bed?  Why is a GP handling this?

Your medical situation is very complicated, and I really, really think you should talk with your *cardiologist* about this.  Like today.
545400 tn?1279743626
Thank you forvyour replies, For some unknown reason I am supposed to go through my gp first!? I did, but like you did not understand why I was sent back to bed & he did not seem too bothered about any underlying cause!? but I have since spoken to a heart rhythm management nurse who has spoken to my cardiologist and I am waiting for a call back. That was 4hrs ago. Just have to wait and see?
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Sounds as though your insurance plan requires a 'gatekeeper' (your GP) to slow down access to higher-priced specialists.  However, I'd guess that the seriousness of your medical condition would make them legally liable if you did not receive prompt and appropriate care--that is, a cardiologist, for goodness' sake!
11548417 tn?1506084164
Don't know how it is arranged in UK, but in the Netherlands it is best to keep pressuring the caregivers, else they sometimes keep you long in the waiting loop.
545400 tn?1279743626
Thank you for all your messages, I was taken into hospital shortly after my last message & there I stayed for 2 weeks!! They messed with my medication, monitored me, did a barrage of tests then sent me home to rest. I now take 14 tablets a day plus the pain killers & I get tired very quickly, but I'm home with my family and happy that I am up and about again :-)
11548417 tn?1506084164
Hi Squarewheel,
good to hear that you are home after that long hospitalization.
Nothing can beat being at home with your loved ones.
Take care!

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