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Low Blood Pressure

A Sphygmomanometer, for measuring blood pressure

Low blood pressure is a serious condition that can have many different causes. Blood pressure is the measurement of the pressure that the blood exerts on the walls of the vessels in the body. Low pressure, or hypotension, while not as common as high pressure, can cause serious problems for those who suffer from it. With this problem, it is difficult to get enough blood to the brain and other areas of your body to function properly.

Symptoms

Symptoms of low blood pressure may include dizziness, fatigue, blurry vision, an inability to concentrate, nausea, weak muscles, fainting, a rapid or weak pulse, cold or clammy skin, shallow breathing and headache.

Causes

This condition can be caused by fever, anemia, medications like diuretics, antidepressants and others; dehydration, heart failure, heart attack, anaphylaxis and infections. It may become a problem in advanced cases of diabetes, shock or stroke.

Cautions

See your doctor if you think you have symptoms of low blood pressure for a diagnosis. This condition can easily become more serious.

Table of Blood Pressure Readings
Category
systolic, mmHg
diastolic, mmHg
Hypotension< 90or < 60
Normal90 - 119and 60 - 79
Prehypertension120 - 139or 80 - 89
Stage 1 Hypertension140 - 159or 90 - 99
Stage 2 Hypertension= 160or = 100

 

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