Low blood pressure is something that we often ignore, but can lead to disastrous consequences if left unchecked.
Also, referred to as hypo tension, a blood pressure reading that is below than 90/60 is classified as low blood pressure. However, like most of us, doing regular blood pressure checkups might not be on our to-do list which is why it is so important to be aware of the common symptoms and consult the doctor before it’s too late.
Low Blood Pressure Symptoms
Given below are the most noticeable symptoms of what happens when there isn’t much blood flowing to your brain and vital organs.
1. A feeling of light-headedness or dizziness
2. Blurred vision
7. General weakness
Possible Causes of Low Blood Pressure
- Age: Your chance of getting low blood pressure after eating or switching positions also increases with age.
- Genes: Medical studies suggest it is genetic. If your parents are suffering from low blood pressure, then it’s best to be on your guard.
- Dehydration: If you’ve lost a lot of fluid via excessive sweat, diarrhoea or even vomiting, there may be a low pressure episode.
- Medication: Some medicines can also cause low blood pressure such as certain antidepressants, water tablets, alpha and beta blockers, etc.
- Injury or Shock: If you’ve gone into shock or lost a huge amount of blood in a sudden and serious injury, your blood pressure is likely to go down.
- Illness: Blood pressure can also be lowered via heart attacks, neurological disorders like Parkinson’s, diabetes, hormonal disorders, anemia.
Common Types of Low Blood Pressure (and Tips!)
Also, as low blood pressure has plenty of causes, try keeping a record of the time and place of the attacks as well as what you were doing at that time. You may be quite surprised by the results. You may discover that the episodes usually occur after standing for long periods of time or after a heavy lunch or even after a sudden change of position.
- Postural or Orthostatic Hypo tension: This can happen after exercise or if you suddenly stand up, and tends to affect people as they get older. So try to take life slowly and be very careful and wary of accidents.
- Postprandial Hypo tension: If you’ve just eaten and facing an episode, then blame it on the low blood pressure. This also tends to occur among the elderly especially those already afflicted with diabetes, high blood pressure or Parkinson’s. Tip: eat a balanced diet, do not change your meal times and chew slowly.
- Neutrally Mediated Hypo tension: This happens more commonly among kids and teens when they’ve been standing for long periods of time. Try revising your routine and if you’re prone to a sedentary lifestyle, it’s time to make some changes.
What To Do If You Display The Symptoms Of Low Blood Pressure
If you display symptoms of low blood pressure, there’s nothing to panic. Visit a GP and work out the medicines and meanwhile try changing your lifestyle choices- eat healthy, exercise more, and instead of a sedentary life switch to a more active and holistic lifestyle.