When I was at work one day, I saw a man walking right outside the front door when he suddenly fell to the ground. His head was the first part of his body to contact the ground. Unfortunately, the ground was a concrete sidewalk. As I rushed outside, I remember seeing him laying on the ground unconscious with blood seeping out from where his head hit the ground. This happened at the medical center, so luckily there was an instant emergency response to help him out. It turned out, except for the head wound and pain, he was okay. The reason why he fell is that his blood pressure dropped and caused him to faint.
Most people concentrate all their efforts into lowering their blood pressure. This is understandable as the majority of people with blood pressure problems have numbers too high. Low blood pressure can be just as dangerous as high BP. If it gets too low and there are symptoms at the same time, it can be a dangerous situation for you (resource). Just like it was for the man who fell outside.
Knowing symptoms of low blood pressure are important. If your blood pressure gets too low, it means your body’s important organs are not getting enough blood and oxygen it needs to operate efficiently (resource). This article will explain to you the low blood pressure symptoms you need to know and why they happen. The symptoms can range in severity. Some can cause you to feel very sick, while others may only cause you to be slightly uncomfortable.
Low Blood Pressure Symptoms
Dizziness Or Lightheadedness
When you get a feeling of falling over or getting woozy is probably one of the most common symptoms of low blood pressure. This mostly happens when your brain fails to get enough blood due to a sudden drop of blood pressure (resource). Even a drop of 20 mm HG of systolic blood pressure can causes this to happen.
Fainting occurs when there is a temporary loss of consciousness usually related to insufficient blood flow to the brain. AKA as passing out, fainting mostly occurs when your blood pressure is too low (resource). Because of the low blood pressure, the heart is unable to pump and supply the brain with enough oxygen. This is exactly what happened to the man I talked about at the start of this blog post.
Seeing clearly and sharp helps us navigate the whole world whether it’s driving or walking down the stairs at home. Blurred vision can affect just part of your sight, like your peripheral vision or your whole line of sight. It’s even possible to have it only in one of your eyes. The eyes, just like your other organs, rely on proper blood supply to function properly.
Lack Of Concentration
Having low blood pressure can affect many organs in your body. Any one of these, especially your brain, not functionally properly can make it difficult to concentrate. Studies have shown low blood pressure can result in diminished memory and attention (resource). Therefore, if you’re having difficulty focusing on one thing, it may be due to low BP.
Nausea is when you get a feeling of uneasiness or discomfort like when you get the urge to vomit. Besides upset stomach, it can also feel like dizziness and anxiety. Although nausea feels like it’s coming from the stomach, it is mostly controlled by your brain (resource).
When your blood pressure gets low, your heart may try compensating for the lack of blood by beating faster. This can cause your breaths to become more shallow and the number of breaths per minute increases (resource).
When you have the feeling of not wanting to do anything physical or being tired can be related to your blood pressure. Some medical experts have suggested an association between low BP and chronic fatigue syndrome (resource). Chronic fatigue syndrome is an illness characterized by six months or longer of fatigue not relieved by rest.
Depression is a persistent feeling of being unhappy, sad and having a loss of interest in activities. Studies have shown a link between depression, anxiety and low blood pressure (resource). In addition, the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, found elderly patients with low blood pressure may be more likely to have depression symptoms.
Cold and Pale Skin
If your skin loses its natural tone or feels cold, it can be your extremities are not getting enough blood. In addition, if your skin is cold and clammy or feels sweaty, this may be a sign of shock. When low blood pressure leads to shock, I can also cause a blue skin tone or a weak and rapid pulse (resource).
Dehydration occurs when the amount of fluids you take in is less than what your body uses. If your body is dehydrated, it can be a sign you have low blood pressure. In addition, high blood pressure medications and diuretics can cause low blood pressure (resource).
When Low Blood Pressure Symptoms Are Dangerous
When your blood pressure is low and the above symptoms are present, they can be dangerous. If this combination happens, you should call 911 and see a doctor immediately. There is a long list of consequences critical to your health that can occur. One of the consequences may SHOCK you, I wrote a whole blog post on it which you can read right here.
How do you know your blood pressure is low? The American Heart Association says there’s no particular number that defines low blood pressure (resource). Most doctors say low blood pressure is when your upper number (systolic) is less than 90 mm Hg and your lower number (diastolic) is less than 60 mm Hg. For example, a blood pressure number of 89/59 would be considered low blood pressure.
Low blood pressure by itself is not normally dangerous and for some people it’s actually normal. If this is your situation, you should make your doctor aware of it and monitor your blood pressure at home. If you are interested in the home blood pressure monitor I recommend or need the right, affordable health insurance so you can visit a doctor, you’ll want to check out my blood pressure recommendation page by clicking right here.
What are low blood pressure causes? The following are 11 causes of low blood pressure:
- Certain medications
- Severe Infection
- Decrease in blood volume
- Change in body position
- Heart problems
- Severe allergic reaction
- Endocrine problems
- Neurally mediated hypotension
- Nutrition deficiencies
- Nerve damage from diabetes
What are low blood pressure treatments? The following are low blood pressure treatments:
- Follow a low blood pressure diet
- Increase fluids
- Change body positions
- Avoid excess alcohol
- Compression stockings
If you found this Blood Pressure topic interesting check out these related blood pressure articles also found in this same website:
- What Is Low Blood Pressure – Everything You Need To Know
- When Low Blood Pressure Is An Emergency: Call 911
- How To Use A Home Blood Pressure Monitor The Right Way