Low Blood Pressure
We talk a lot about High Blood Pressure….but what about Low Blood Pressure? It may not be as common as high blood pressure, but it can be just as dangerous.
Low Blood Pressure or Hypotension is a reading of less than 90/60. Low blood pressure causes an inadequate amount of blood to flow to your organs. Continual reduced blood flow can cause Stroke, Heart Attack, Kidney Failure or Shock…..the symptoms can also be as non life threatening as dizziness, nausea and fatigue.
Low blood pressure is treatable. You should consult a health care professional to find out the cause if you are experiencing any symptoms. In most cases low blood pressure isn’t an indication that anything serious going on. You may just be one of those people that has low pressure. If you are not showing any symptoms on an ongoing basis…than it’s probably nothing to worry about…but it’s always good to double check.
Here are some symptoms of Low Blood Pressure…if they are ongoing or worsen…see your healthcare professional!!!
- Dizziness or Lightheadedness
- Blurred Vision
- Rapid, Shallow Breathing
- Cold, Clammy Skin
There are certain conditions that can cause your pressure to be low…
- Pregnancy – Your circulatory system expands during the course of pregnancy which causes your pressure to drop. This is normal and your pressure usually returns to normal after you give birth.
- Heart Conditions – Certain heart conditions can lead to low pressure. Heart Failure, Heart Attack and certain Heart Value problems can cause your pressure to drop. During these issues…your heart is unable to pump enough blood so your pressure drops.
- Thyroid – There are certain thyroid conditions such as Parathyroid Disease, Hypoglycemia and Diabetes that can trigger low blood pressure.
- Dehydration – Dehydration causes your body to lose water. A decrease in water in your body causes your blood volume to decrease.
- Severe Infections – Septicemia is a severe infection that enters your body via your bloodstream. Septic shock can result and cause a life threatening drop in blood pressure.
- Anemia – If your body doesn’t produce enough red blood cells…you can become anemic which can cause low blood pressure.
- Medications – Certain medications may also cause your pressure to lower. Diuretics, Alpha / Beta Blockers, some Antidepressants, medications for erectile dysfunction. These are only a few…I choose to print the most common ones…check with your doctor if you have any concerns about medication you are taking.
There are certain foods that you can incorporate into your diet that can help increase and maintain healthy blood pressure.
There is a tremendous amount of information on Low Blood Pressure…what I have listed here is just basic information to help guide you.
Follow the link below to the American Heart Association for much more 😉