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Understanding low blood pressure
What is low blood pressure?
Your heart pumps blood full of nutrients and oxygen around your body. As the blood pumps out of the heart and into your blood vessels, it pushes against the walls of the blood vessels. Your blood pressure is the amount of force put on your blood vessel walls by your blood.
When your blood pressure is at healthy levels, it means your blood vessels aren’t under unnecessary strain.
Low blood pressure, or hypotension, happens when the pressure of blood circulating around the body is lower than normal.
When your heart is contracting, or squeezing blood into your arteries, your blood pressure is higher. This is the systolic component. When the heart is relaxing, the pressure is lower, and this the diastolic component.
Your blood pressure reading has 2 figures - the highest (systolic) over the lowest (diastolic).
- Normal blood pressure is 120/80 mmHg
- Low blood pressure is a reading of 90/60 mmHg or lower
Is low blood pressure a problem?
Some people have low blood pressure if they’re very fit. This isn’t a problem
What are the symptoms of low blood pressure?
- feelings of light-headedness or dizziness
- blurred vision
- fatigue and general weakness
- clammy, pale skin
When might these symptoms occur?
Symptoms can occur when you’re doing nothing or going about your day as normal.
What causes low blood pressure?
If you’re very fit, you might experience low blood pressure simply because your heart is very efficient at pumping blood around your body.
But there are many other causes of low blood pressure including:
- overheating and dehydration
- high intake of drugs and alcohol
- some medications
- illness by infection
- certain heart conditions
- nutritional deficiencies
- emotional distress (like pain or fear)
- blood loss
- nervous system disorders
- irregular heartbeat
- prolonged bed rest
When to see your GP
It’s best to see your GP if you think you have any of the above symptoms of low blood pressure. Your GP can work out what the underlying cause of the symptoms, which may be caused from conditions other than low blood pressure are and recommend any necessary treatment
Managing low blood pressure
In the meantime, some general principles to follow are:
- increase the amount of water you drink
- eat a varied, healthy diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables and eat small frequent meals
- take your time changing body positions, such as if going from lying to standing do so gradually and not in one quick movement
- control any bleeding straight away
- don’t sit or stand for long periods of time
- don’t drink too much alcohol
- don’t drink caffeinated drinks at night
What about high blood pressure?
High blood pressure, or hypertension, can damage your arteries and heart by putting extra pressure on them. It’s also a major risk factor in cardiovascular disease and other heart and general health conditions.
You have high blood pressure if you have a reading that is greater than or equal to 140/90 mmHg. This can be either or both:
- a systolic pressure that is greater or equal to 140 mmHg
- a diastolic pressure greater than or equal to 90 mmHg.
For more information, check out our guide on living with high blood pressure.
All information contained in this article is intended for general information purposes only. The information provided should not be relied upon as medical advice and does not supersede or replace a consultation with a suitably qualified health care professional.
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