Understanding Hypotension

When it comes to blood pressure, it is well-known that suffering from high-blood pressure or Hypertension is a serious health condition that may cause serious health concerns.  But what isn’t discussed often is low-blood pressure or hypotension.

While staying healthy means to be in the “healthy” range of blood pressure for your body, some may think that lower is better than higher.

Read more to find out about the symptoms, causes and possible treatments for hypotension.

Symptoms

There are various symptoms related to hypotension and will vary from person to person.

If you are suffering from hypotension you may experience some of the following symptoms: 

  • Fainting
  • Nausea
  • Blurred vision
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Thirst
  • Dizziness
  • Clammy skin

Causes

The causes of low blood pressure may vary depending on the medical condition. Some conditions are more serious than others and may require follow up with your doctor. Some of the causes include: 

  • Dehydration: this is particularly important for those that are athletes or that live in regions that become extremely hot. Not having enough water in your system carries a variety of symptoms that may include weakness and dizziness.

  • Hypovolemic Shock: this is a complication of dehydration and is a serious and sometimes fatal condition. This type of condition is a result of low blood pressure and not enough oxygen getting to the tissues.

  • Pregnancy: the fast expansion of the circulatory system during pregnancy may be the cause of a woman experiencing low blood pressure during pregnancy. Once the woman has given birth, she most likely will return to her normal blood pressure level before pregnancy.

  • Endocrine Problems: These are types of thyroid conditions that may result in a low blood pressure. These health conditions may include: Addison’s disease, hypoglycemia, diabetes and parathyroid disease.

  • Heart conditions: if you suffer from a serious heart condition, this may result in a low blood pressure. These problems may include heart valve problems, heart failure or low heart rate.

  • Nutrients: living an unhealthy lifestyle, such as your eating regime, may result in low blood pressure. One of these causes may be Anemia which occurs when your body isn’t producing enough red blood cells.

Treatment

The treatment options available are dependent on what the cause of hypotension is.  If you are suffering from hypotension because of pregnancy or low nutrients then treatment is possible with a slight lifestyle change.

But, if your hypotension is being caused by a possible health condition, it is important to speak with your doctor immediately. Your doctor will be able to determine whether or not it is a serious health conditions and your possible options for treatment. 

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