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Low Blood Pressure : Signs and Symptoms
It may not cause symptoms, but when it does, it can require medical attention. Hypotension has two definitions: Absolute hypotension: Your resting blood pressure is below 90/60 mmHg (millimeters of mercury).
Drink more water. Fluids increase blood volume and help prevent dehydration, both of which are important in treating hypotension.
TypesTypes of low blood pressure include:
- Orthostatic hypotension (postural hypotension). This is a sudden drop in blood pressure when standing from a sitting position or after lying down. Causes include dehydration, long-term bed rest, pregnancy, certain medical conditions and some medications. This type of low blood pressure is common in older adults.
- Postprandial hypotension. This drop in blood pressure occurs 1 to 2 hours after eating. It's most likely to affect older adults, especially those with high blood pressure or autonomic nervous system diseases such as Parkinson's disease. Eating small, low-carbohydrate meals, drinking more water, and avoiding alcohol might help reduce symptoms.
- Neurally mediated hypotension. This is a blood pressure drop that happens after standing for long periods. This type of low blood pressure mostly affects young adults and children. It might result from miscommunication between the heart and the brain.
- Multiple system atrophy with orthostatic hypotension. Also called Shy-Drager syndrome, this rare disorder affects the nervous system that controls involuntary functions such as blood pressure, heart rate, breathing and digestion. It's associated with having very high blood pressure while lying down.
SymptomsLow blood pressure (hypotension) symptoms may include:
- Blurred or fading vision
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Trouble concentrating
- Confusion, especially in older people
- Cold, clammy skin
- Decrease in skin coloration (pallor)
- Rapid, shallow breathing
- Weak and rapid pulse