Low Blood Pressure

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

We hear warnings about the dangers of high blood pressure but did you know there are health risks associated with low blood pressure as well? Dr. Edward Hill explains the risk in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Hypotension is the medical term for low blood pressure. Normal blood pressure is usually in the range of 120 over 80. In healthy people, low blood pressure is a sign of good cardiovascular health. But low blood pressure, less than 90 over 60, can be a signal of an underlying problem.

The incidence of both low and high blood pressure normally increases with age, due in part to normal changes. In addition, blood flow in the brain declines with age, often as a result of plaque buildup in blood vessels. Because of this, the prevalence of hypotension also increases with age.

Symptoms of low blood pressure include dizziness or lightheadedness, dimming or blurring of vision, cognitive impairment, nausea and headache.

If you have an underlying medical problem that causes low blood pressure, seek treatment for the underlying condition. For many people, chronic low blood pressure can be effectively treated with diet and lifestyle changes. Medications have proven effective in treating low blood pressure.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.