Low Blood Pressure (Hypotension)

Low blood pressure (or hypotension) is a potentially serious health condition where a person’s blood pressure is much lower than usual.

The symptoms of very low blood pressure are dizziness, light headedness, fainting and collapse – when the blood pressure is too low, it means there isn’t enough blood flowing to the heart, brain, and other vital organs of the body.

It’s quite difficult sometimes to judge a “normal” blood pressure for a person because something normal for one person may well be “abnormal” for another. A classic text book blood pressure reading is normally about 120/80 mmHg. But whatever your blood pressure reading, if you repeatedly feel faint and light headed during the day, it’s probably a good idea to check with your doctor as to whether you are suffering with low blood pressure or not.

For some people, low blood pressure can leave them feeling light headed, sluggish or head-achy. Yet other people can walk around with a blood pressure so low they should be flat out, however they don’t experience any symptoms whatsoever. They may only discover they have a low blood pressure when their blood pressure is checked for another reason.

You should also see your doctor if you lose consciousness when you stand, or if you feel repeatedly weak, light headed or constantly tired. Low blood pressure can be a sign in younger people of chronic fatigue syndrome. In older people it can be an indication of serious problems such as heart disease.

Women in their 40’s or younger, can find their blood pressure may drop below 90/60 mmHg during pregnancy, crash dieting or even during the hot weather. So it’s important that if they know they are prone to low blood pressure, they have it checked on a regular basis.

If a person is taking high blood pressure medication, it can sometimes cause the blood pressure to drop rapidly which causes the same symptoms as low blood pressure. Therefore those taking this type of medication should choose the time of day they take their medication very carefully to ensure the effects are kept to a minimum.

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