My 17 Year Old Has A Blood Pressure Of 70/43. This Has Happened In The Past And Her Dr Doesnt Seem Concerned About It. Should I Be Concerned.

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My 17 Year Old Has A Blood Pressure Of 70/43. This Has Happened In The Past And Her Dr Doesnt Seem Concerned About It. Should I Be Concerned.

We have had her in for numerous testing. She complained of chest pains when she was in 7th grade. She wore a heart monitor and the drs found no abnormalities. She has had several episodes of fainting. over the years. We thought it might be siezures and had a neurological test done but found nothing. We then thought this was foar attention and had her see a counselor. ONe weekend we brought her to the Emergency room after she had passed out. She then began to vomit and had whit foam looking fluid coming from her mouth. The ER dr found nothing. The next weekend we took her BP and it was low anywhere from 80/60 down to 73/51. She complained of feeling tingles in her hair and was very tired. Im sure Im missing alot. we contacted the nurse advice line and they wanted us to monitor. Her BP went back up again and when we went to see her Dr. a couple weeks later she had a bad bladder infection. IM at a loss as to what to think or if I should be concerned. My husband thinks its becasue she doesnt eat well, drink enough fluids ore exercise enough. She is apx 5'7 and weighs 125 pounds.

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Hi Barb,

Dehydration can cause blood pressure to be low, so that is a potential connection. However, I do think it's worth consulting her physician to investigate further or consider seeking a second opinion. The average blood pressure for a 17 year-old girl is 111/66 mm Hg.

All the best,

Lisa Nelson RD

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