Overview of Low BP
Low blood pressure, also called “Hypotension”, is a condition where the reading on the sphygmomanometer falls below 90 mm Hg systolic or 60 mm Hg diastolic. This means the body receives an inadequate flow of blood, damaging vital organs and tissues.
There are many potential causes for low BP symptoms, these can range from severe dehydration, medications, heart conditions to pregnancy. Low BP is considered a serious medical condition, immediate medical intervention is required. Sometimes, bacterial infections can perforate the walls of the blood vessels, causing fluid to leak into the surrounding tissues, causing significant loss of BP.
Low BP Symptoms
Everyone has slightly different readings for their normal blood pressure, it primarily depends on the person’s age, lifestyle, size etc. For instance, a highly trained athlete has a considerably lower resting blood pressure when compared to a normal individual. Therefore, low bp may not be an issue until they start causing undesirable symptoms.
Characteristic Low BP symptoms include:
- Fading/blurred vision
- Lack of concentration
- Dryness of throat/ thirst
Low BP symptoms can be counteracted by following a healthier lifestyle. These include increasing salt intake, reducing alcohol, regular exercises etc.