The Lowdown on Low Blood Pressure

 Most people know that having high blood pressure, or hypertension, is bad for you. High blood pressure is a serious condition that can cause damage to your heart and blood vessels. High blood pressure can lead to heart attack or stroke, kidney damage and dementia, and may even impact your vision. Women are often at risk for high blood pressure, leaving them susceptible to heart attacks and strokes. Many women also experience blood pressure that is too low, leaving them at risk for other health complications. Dr. Alqulali monitors the blood pressure in her patients to ensure they are healthy- and to treat them if blood pressure is too high or too low. 

For many people, "normal" blood pressure numbers are 120/80 and lower. But how low is too low? If your blood pressure readings are consistently 90/60 or lower, you have low blood pressure, also known as hypotension. While having hypotension is not always a cause for concern, having chronically low blood pressure can mean that blood and oxygen your body needs for survival aren’t making it to your brain, organs, or extremities.

Many people experience periods of acute hypotension without any long-term impact on their health. These episodes of sudden onset hypotension are caused by sudden positional changes like sitting or standing up too quickly, side effects of medication, pregnancy, or dehydration. Other medical conditions that can cause sudden hypertension include blood infections, allergic reactions, or malnutrition.

If you have had a diagnosis of hypotension or have had consistent blood pressure readings that show hypotension, and you are experiencing symptoms such as dizziness upon standing, feeling fatigued despite getting plenty of rest, or have fainting spells, please be sure to schedule a checkup with your physician to discuss your concerns and be treated. 

Other symptoms of dangerously low blood pressure (and a sign that blood and oxygen are not making it to your brain or organs) include blurry vision, shortness of breath, tingling in your extremities, and brain fog or the inability to focus. These symptoms are red flags that your low blood pressure could be a serious issue.

Treatments for hypotension are typically lifestyle related and includes exercising and improving your diet. Occasionally, medication is a necessary intervention to treat hypertension and its symptoms.

Discuss your concerns about your blood pressure with Dr. Alqulali. Make an appointment by calling Infinity Medical Group at 1-888.716-0559. 

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