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Hypotension Signs and Symptoms

low blood pressure signs and symptoms

Low blood pressure is known as hypotension. In adults, a blood pressure reading of 90/60 mm Hg or below is often considered hypotension.

Hypotension can be dangerous because blood pressure that’s too low doesn’t supply your body and heart with enough oxygenated blood.

Some potential causes and symptoms of hypotension can include:

  • heart problems

  • dehydration

  • pregnancy

  • blood loss

  • severe infection (septicemia)

  • severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis)

  • malnutrition

  • endocrine problems

  • certain medications

Hypotension is usually accompanied by lightheadedness or dizziness. Talk with your doctor to find out the cause of your low blood pressure and what you can do to raise it.

Keeping your blood pressure within a normal range is key to preventing complications, such as heart disease and stroke.

A combination of healthy lifestyle habits and medications can help lower your blood pressure. If you are overweight or obese, weight loss is also important in keeping your blood pressure numbers down.

Remember that a single blood pressure reading doesn’t necessarily classify your health. An average of blood pressure readings taken over time is the most accurate.

That’s why it’s important to have your blood pressure taken by a healthcare professional at least once a year. You may need more frequent follow-ups if your readings are consistently elevated.


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