Low blood pressure or hypotension is something many people suffer from nowadays.
The normal blood pressure, according to medicine is 120 mm HG as the top blood pressure reading with 90 mm HG as bottom blood pressure reading.
When your pressure dips below those numbers, you might experience some symptoms of low blood pressure.
However, bear in mind that for some people, normal blood pressure is 90 with 60 or even lower.
Before you start thinking about symptoms of low blood pressure, you must find out by asking your doctor what is your normal pressure.
When you experience some of the symptoms, you should try and do something, as low blood pressure can lead to other problems.
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Low blood pressure symptoms
Some of the symptoms of low blood pressure include the following:
- Dizziness and lightheadedness
- Dimmed and/or blurred vision
- General weakness
- Fainting due to weakness and lost control over your body
- Pale skin
- Cold and clammy skin
What happens when your blood pressure is low?
When your blood pressure is low, your body is not receiving the required amount of oxygen to perform normally.
Some of your body functions are not working properly.
That is the single biggest danger that low blood pressure can cause.
Any organ in your body can be affected by low blood pressure, as many of them are not receiving the oxygen they need.
More often than not, your heart and your brain are the first in danger as a result of low blood pressure.
Therefore, low blood pressure symptoms can sometimes cause strokes, and they often result with difficulty in breathing.
What can you do?
Whenever you are experiencing low blood pressure, you need to do something.
In most cases, the symptoms will pass after few moments.
However, you can also help yourself by stopping what you are doing at the moment, drinking some water, or sitting and/or lying down.
If those measures do not help, you should consult your physician.
Types of low blood pressure
There are three frequent situations when people experience low blood pressure.
The first one is after suddenly standing up or changing positions. This type is known as postural low blood pressure.
Next in line is the postprandial hypotension, or low blood pressure after eating.
The second type occurs mostly in older people, especially those suffering from Parkinson’s disease.
Last, but not least, low blood pressure can occur after standing for a long period of time, also known as neurally mediated hypotension.
When to see a doctor?
As mentioned, if the symptoms do not pass away, you should consult your doctor.
You should also call your doctor if you are experiencing the symptoms for the first time.
Also, if you have been diagnosed with low blood pressure, visit the doctor if the frequency of the symptoms is increasing.
When you are experiencing low blood pressure after taking prescription or/and nonprescription medication, call the doctor.
In most cases, symptoms of low blood pressure are not something to get extremely worried about.
However, your doctor needs to keep track of your readings, perform some tests and monitor your exams.
Dizziness is often caused by dehydration, so drink plenty of water to prevent it.