Symptoms of Low Blood Pressure

Low blood pressure (hypotension) does not always cause symptoms. If your blood pressure is naturally low, you are unlikely to have any symptoms and it’s not something you should be concerned about.

Symptoms of low blood pressure usually develop when blood pressure drops to fairly low value. Clinically, the value most often associated with the onset of symptoms is 90/60, though this varies from person to person. Situations in which blood pressure drops quickly, rather than there is chronic at a low level, does not require blood pressure to drop to 90/60 before symptoms develop. Instead, changes of just 20mmHg from baseline blood pressure have been shown to cause low blood pressure symptoms. Some common symptoms of low blood pressure include:

  • Dizziness, or light-headedness
  • Fainting
  • Fatigue
  • Blurred vision
  • Nausea
  • Cold, clammy, pale skin
  • Changes in breathing patterns or shortness of breath

If you experience fainting or ongoing dizziness, it’s better to seek medical help, especially fainting along with nausea, or any type of weakness/numbness in your body, you should seek a doctor immediately. Because these symptoms may be indicators of ongoing heart attack, CVA or other health problems with the central nervous system.

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