While you may have heard of high blood pressure or hypertension, low blood pressure diagnosis can be as dangerous as well. A normal blood pressure reading is less than 120mm Hg and above 80 mm Hg. The first number point towards the systolic pressure or the pressure caused in the arteries when the heart beats and fills with them with blood. The second number corresponds to the diastolic pressure which is the pressure caused in the arteries when the heart rests between beats.
Low blood pressure may cause insufficient blood flow to the heart, brain, and other fundamental organs. An unexpected drop in blood pressure often occurs when someone rapidly rises from a lying down or sitting position. This is known as postural hypotension and may cause dizziness and lightheadedness. But if you experience following symptoms like Fatigue, Light-headedness, Dizziness, Nausea, Clammy skin, Loss of consciousness, Blurry vision etc. consult your doctor and get your blood pressure measured regularly.
There are many Ways to raise low blood pressure to a healthy level, drink plenty of water throughout the day and consume more foods that contain sodium, like beets and sauteed spinach. You can also put on compression stockings and lift up your legs with a pillow to increase your blood pressure. Consult your doctor about taking medications if your blood pressure is still not normal. The doctor will examine your medical history, specific symptoms, age and the conditions under which the symptoms occurred. He or she will do a physical examination and may frequently check your blood pressure and pulse rate, right after you stand up after you’ve been lying down for a few minutes, and within a few minutes after you stand quietly.
Other tests may also be performed, such as an echocardiogram (an ultrasound test to visualize the heart), an ECG (electrocardiogram) to measure heart rate and rhythm and you may also have blood tests to look for anemia or problems with your blood sugar levels. Depending on the cause for your low blood pressure, you might be able to decrease or avoid symptoms. Some other Ways to raise low blood pressure include Eating a healthy diet, Pay attention to your body positions, eating small, low-carbohydrate meals, drinking caffeinated beverages, and eating a diet higher in salt, Avoid standing still in place for long periods of time.
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