What are the causes and symptoms of low blood pressure? And what should you do about it? I had my blood pressure taken recently, and it was 114/62. I wasn’t sure if that was good or bad, so I decided to do a little research. The reason I wanted to investigate this—and the reason you should, too.
Normal Blood Pressure
Normal blood pressure is around 120/80, although some doctors think that 115/75 is healthier. Generally speaking, the lower your blood pressure, the lower your risk of heart attack, stroke, and other heart-related problems. (So look at the bright side: it’s better than high blood pressure!)
Things That Lower Blood Pressure
Some of the things that typically lower blood pressure include not smoking, not being overweight, and being in good physical condition. So in other words, if you’re a slim, non-smoking athlete, don’t worry if your blood pressure is a little low. You’re probably very healthy.
Who Should Worry?
The people who have more to worry about when it comes to symptoms of low blood pressure are, first of all, the elderly. Pregnant women also tend to have slightly lower blood pressure, but it should return to normal after giving birth. Medications can also lower blood pressure, as can a lack of certain nutrients (such as B vitamins).
Symptoms of low blood pressure to watch out for include dizziness and lightheadedness, nausea, blurred vision, fatigue or even depression, thirst, cold skin, shallow breathing, lack of concentration, and fainting.
The danger of extremely low blood pressure is that your organs might not be getting enough blood, meaning that they aren’t getting enough nutrients like oxygen, vitamins, etc. When this happens, it’s possible to go into shock; when this happens, your organs (brain, liver, etc.) can rapidly fail.
Many people experience a bit of dizziness and lightheadedness when the stand up from a sitting or lying position. This is called postural or orthostatic hypotension. Is it dangerous? Most of the time, no. The lightheadedness is caused by blood settling in the lower body. With less blood circulating, blood pressure drops.
Disclaimer: I'm Not a Doctor!
Quick disclaimer: don’t take this as medical advice; I’m not a doctor! What I am is a health nut who likes to be educated when it comes to my health. If you are, too, then you might want to read about the link between coffee & cholesterol and alcohol and cholesterol. And if you experience any symptoms of low blood pressure, for the love of God, talk to your doctor.