Hypotension; Low blood pressure
Follow prescribed therapy. Bed rest and assistance with daily activities as needed until the condition improves.
Call your health care provider if
Call your local emergency number (such as 911) if someone is unconscious. If trained in basic life support (BLS) or advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), check the person's ABCs (airway, breathing, and circulation). If the person is NOT breathing or has NO pulse, begin CPR.
Call your doctor immediately if you:
- Feel dizzy, lightheaded, or faint
- Have black or maroon stools
- Have chest pain, shortness of breath, an irregular heartbeat, fever higher than 101 degrees, headache, stiff neck, or severe upper back pain
Also call your doctor if you have:
- Cough with phlegm
- Prolonged diarrhea or vomiting
- Inability to eat or drink
- Burning with urination or other urinary symptoms
- You are taking any new medications
What to expect at your health care provider's office
In emergencies, the seriousness of the condition will be determined first. Then, the health care provider will obtain your medical history and will perform a physical examination.
Frequent monitoring of vital signs (temperature, pulse, rate of breathing, blood pressure) and/or hospitalization may be necessary.
Medical history questions documenting low blood pressure may include the following:
- What is your normal blood pressure?
- What medications do you take?
- Have you been eating and drinking normally?
- Have you have any recent illness, accident, or injury?
- What other symptoms are also present?
- Did you faint or become less alert?
- Do you feel dizzy or light-headed when standing or sitting after lying down?
- Blood studies (such as CBC, blood differential)
- X-ray of the abdomen
- X-ray of the chest