When it comes to blood pressure, many only start worrying about it when it gets high. However, low blood pressure can be an issue as well. Medically known as hypotension, low blood pressure occurs with numbers at or lower than 90/60. In many cases it’s nothing to be worried about, however, if you’re experiencing symptoms of low blood pressure, you should bring it up with your doctor so you can be checked out.
Symptoms of hypotension
Signs of low blood pressure may include any one of the following symptoms dizziness, lightheadedness, blurred vision, and nausea. In some cases, it can result in fainting. Someone experiencing regular low blood pressure may also feel a regular sense of fatigue.
Rarely, someone may experience extreme hypotension. This is a medical emergency. Symptoms include clammy skin, confusion, rapid but weak pulse, and shallow, quick breathing.
Is hypotension always an issue?
Not necessarily. In an otherwise healthy person who is not elderly, and in the absence of any other symptoms of note, low blood pressure can be normal and not a cause for worry. Many people have low blood pressure but none of the symptoms listed above, and in that case, doctors are usually not concerned.
Minor causes of hypotension
Low blood pressure can have some simple causes. One of these is dehydration. If that’s the case, simply hydrating oneself is usually enough to get rid of the symptoms of hypotension being experienced. Other minor reasons for low blood pressure include certain medications, nutrition deficiencies, stress, or even being out in the sun too long.
Other causes of hypotension
Hypotension can occur as a result of more serious conditions. It’s important to note, however, that low blood pressure is often noted alongside these illnesses as a side effect, and low blood pressure alone is not indicative of any of the following conditions. These conditions include Parkinson’s Disease, spinal cord injury, septic shock, severe allergic reactions, anemia, heart disease, or internal bleeding.
One of the most common manifestations of hypotension is postural hypotension. Basically, this is low blood pressure upon posture changes, such as going from lying down to sitting or from sitting to standing. Postural hypotension usually results in momentary dizziness and lightheadedness upon changes in posture. It’s usually not a cause for concern, however, bring it up to your doctor at your next checkup.
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