Your blood pressure is the force of your blood against the walls of your arteries as your heart pumps. Every time your heart beats (this is the heart contracting), it pumps blood into the arteries. Your blood pressure is highest when your heart beats and lowest when the heart rests between beats. Blood pressure readings use two numbers, read one over the other. The top number (systolic pressure) measures blood pressure when the heart beats. The bottom number (diastolic pressure) measures blood pressure in between heartbeats. A normal blood pressure reading is 120/80 or slightly lower. If you have a blood pressure reading of 90/60 or lower, you're usually considered to have low blood pressure (also known as hypotension).
Symptoms of low blood pressure include:
heart palpitations (if low blood pressure is caused by a heart problem)
fever or chills (if low blood pressure is caused by infection)
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I realize your bigger concern tends to be how to LOWER high blood pressure , but today I want to touch on the reverse so you are aware of this potential problem.
Low blood pressure, also known as hypotension , is when your blood pressure drops below 90 mm Hg systolic (top number) or 60 mm Hg diastolic (bottom number).
If your blood pressure is normally on the low side, it’s not a concern as long as you are not experiencing symptoms associated with low blood pressure.
Lack of concentration
Rapid, shallow breathing
If you are experiencing these symptoms, you need to take action to correct and prevent blood pressure from dropping too low.
Dehydration and blood pressure
Dehydration can actually cause your blood pressure to be low …and not in a good way.
Dehydration is a lack of fluid in the body, often caused by inadequate fluid intake or excess fluid loss. ...
Medications Several classes of drugs are used to treat hypertension. Diuretics Diuretics help the kidneys get rid of excess salt and water. They are the mainstays of anti-hypertensive therapy and are often the first type of drug selected for most people with hypertension. They are also especially helpful for treating patients with heart failure, patients with isolated systolic hypertension, the elderly, and African-Americans. (African-Americans are more likely to be salt-sensitive, so they respond well to these drugs.) They also work well for patients with diabetes. Diuretics are often used in combination with other antihypertensive drugs. There is strong evidence that diuretics work just as well as newer drugs in lowering blood pressure and are more effective in preventing heart failure, heart attack, and stroke. Diuretic Types and Brands. The three main types of diuretics include: Thiazide diuretics. These include chlorothiazide (Diuril), chlorthalidone (Hygroton), indapamide (Lozol), hyd...
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