Low Blood Pressure, should I be worried?

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Have you been diagnosed with low blood pressure?

Most likely not, it’s mostly a benign condition.

So the real question. How low is too low blood pressure?

Unless you have some symptoms, then it’s nothing to worry about. There really isn’t a number considered too low as long as you’re asymptomatic.

Symptoms of Low Blood Pressure:

  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Nausea
  • Fainting (syncope)
  • Dehydration and unusual thirst
  • Lack of concentration
  • Blurred vision
  • Cold, clammy, pale skin
  • Rapid, shallow breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Depression

Underlying causes of low blood pressure

But obviously these can be caused from a myriad of conditions, so if you’re experiencing them, you should see a physician.
What are the causes of low blood pressure?

Common ones include:

  • Dehydration
    This is fortunately an easy one to fix.
  • Exercise
    Typically exercise will raise your blood pressure temporarily, but if you’re healthy and exercise regularly, your blood pressure will be low when you’re resting
  • Time of day
    Blood pressure is lower when you’re sleeping and gradually raises throughout the day. It’s important to measure multiple times a day to get an accurate feeling for where your real numbers lie.
  • Stress
    If you’re in a relaxed state (meditating for instance), this will also drop your blood pressure.
  • Temperature
    Warm temperatures can cause your blood pressure to drop as well
  • Meals
    When you eat, blood gets diverted to the stomach to absorb nutrients and causes a fall in blood pressure as well
  • Prolonged bed rest
    If you’re bedridden for a long time, this can lower your overall blood pressure.
  • Pregnancy
    Because of the expansion of the circulatory system to accommodate the baby, this temporarily lowers blood pressure.
  • Decreases in blood volume
    If you’ve recently donated blood, this can cause it as well.
  • Certain medications
    beta-blockers
    angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors
    angiotensin receptor blockers
    alpha-blockers – medicine prescribed to lower blood pressure for people with high blood pressure (hypertension) and men with prostate gland problems
    diuretics (water tablets)
  • More serious conditions
    Heart problems
    Endocrine problems
    Severe infection (septic shock)
    Allergic reaction (anaphylaxis)
    Neurally mediated hypotension
    Nutritional deficiencies

What to do about low blood pressure?

If you’re not suffering from any adverse effects of having low blood pressure, typically it’s not something you need to worry about.

 

 

Do you have low blood pressure?  Have you had any negative side effects?

 

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