Can I donate blood if I have low blood pressure?

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American Red Cross

If you have low blood pressure, you may donate blood as long as you feel well at the time of donation. If your blood pressure normally runs low, it may be more difficult for your body to adjust to the volume loss following donation, especially if you are dehydrated. Drinking extra water before and after donation is important.

 Guidelines on eligibility to give blood change from time to time. The most up-to-date eligibility information can be obtained by contacting the American Red Cross blood center nearest you.

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