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
- Fainting (syncope)
- Dehydration and unusual thirst
- Lack of concentration
- Blurred vision
- Cold, clammy, pale skin
- Rapid, shallow breathing
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:
This is fortunately an easy one to fix.
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.
If you’re in a relaxed state (meditating for instance), this will also drop your blood pressure.
Warm temperatures can cause your blood pressure to drop as well
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.
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
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
Severe infection (septic shock)
Allergic reaction (anaphylaxis)
Neurally mediated hypotension
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?