If your normal, all the time blood pressure is lower than 90/60, you have abnormally low blood pressure, aka hypotension. Not that there is anything wrong with this. No signs or symptoms, usually no problem.
On the other hand, if you develop hypotension with symptoms something can be wrong. A condition or event may be interfering with your body’s ability to control blood pressure and this needs to be discovered.
Low blood pressure is a medical concern if it causes you symptoms of:
Aside from the life-threatening shock condition of hypotension, another danger is a fall due to feeling dizzy or faint.
Another low blood pressure related condition is orthostatic hypotension. This means your blood pressure suddenly falls when you stand up. Your signs and symptoms for this “got up to quick” interloper are:
- blurry vision
- feeling faint, weak
- feeling lightheaded
These symptoms typically occur within a few seconds of standing and go away if you sit down.
Conditions or events that might impede your body’s ability to control blood pressure, causing low blood pressure or orthostatic hypotension dizziness and fainting spells, include:
- bed ridden
- liver failure
- severe burns
- septic shock
- kidney disease
- severe diarrhea
- heart conditions
- severe infections
- severe head injury
- excessive sweating
- Parkinson’s disease
- pulmonary embolism
- Shy-Drager syndrome
- insufficient fluid intake
- severe allergic reaction
- internal/external bleeding
- excessive use of diuretics
- long time exposure to heat
- reaction to some medicines
- anxiety/depression medications
- high blood pressure/heart disease medications
- endocrine conditions ~ hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism,Addison’s disease, hypoglycemia, diabetes
As you can imagine from this long list of low pressure causes, your treatment will depend on which one is to blame and its severity.
Some natural remedies you can give a go to right away involve:
- stand up slowly
- get regular exercise
- drink little/no alcohol
- use compression stockings
- avoid stress filled situations
- eat small, low carbohydrate meals
- don’t stand for long periods of time
- increasing salt intake, if appropriate
- inquire about medication adjustments
- make a special effort to drink plenty of water
- learn to take your own blood pressure for monitoring
- take physical actions to raise blood pressure ~ cross legs, squeeze legs together, lie down
Obviously, if your drop in blood pressure involves a serious underlying medical condition, you need to pay a visit to your doctor.
If an unhealthy lifestyle is at the root of your hypotension, the natural cure remedy is to get yourself in a more healthy homeostasis state, starting with your attention to a healthier diet and regular exercise.