Hypotension (Low Blood Pressure)

Sometimes your blood pressure is below the expected range.  If you experience symptoms such as frequent fainting, light-headedness, and dizziness you may have hypotension or low blood pressure.  Treatment includes maintaining your level of hydration, adjusting salt intake, and sometimes the use of medication to improve your blood pressure. Your cardiologist will evaluate your specific condition and treatment needs.

Causes

The following factors most readily contribute to low blood pressure

  • Age
  • Medication use
  • Dehydration
  • Certain medical problems

The following factors are also associated with low blood pressure

  • Pregnancy
  • Heart disease
  • Endocrine problems
  • Blood loss
  • Serious infections

Diagnosis and Treatment

A full physical examination with blood chemistries as well as sitting and standing blood pressure measurements is necessary to make the diagnosis of low blood pressure.  Special testing including placing you on a tilt table to measure blood pressure in various positions may also be necessary to clarify the cause of your problem.

Treatment includes maintaining your level of hydration, adjusting salt intake, and sometimes medication to improve blood pressure. Additionally, regular visits to your Physicians East provider will help you stay aware of what steps you should be taking to improve your low blood pressure as well as your overall health.