Low Blood Pressure

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Youve probably heard that high blood pressure is a problem. Sometimes blood pressure that is too low can also cause problems. Dr. Edward Hill discusses low blood pressure in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Low blood pressure, or hypotension, can cause symptoms of dizziness and fainting. In severe cases, low blood pressure can be life-threatening.

Although blood pressure varies from person to person, a blood pressure reading of 90 over 60 is generally considered low blood pressure.

The causes of low blood pressure can range from dehydration to serious medical or surgical disorders.

Some people have low blood pressure all the time. They have no symptoms and their low readings are normal for them.

Low blood pressure that either doesnt cause signs or symptoms or causes only mild symptoms, such as brief episodes of dizziness when standing, rarely requires treatment.

If you have symptoms, the most appropriate treatment depends on the underlying cause. Doctors usually try to address the primary health problem dehydration, heart failure, diabetes or hypothyroidism, for example rather than the low blood pressure itself.

When low blood pressure is caused by medications, treatment usually involves changing the dose of the medication or stopping it entirely.

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