High blood pressure is more dangerous than low blood pressure, but low blood pressure can signal other medical issues. In most cases, low blood pressure is not a cause for major concern unless it is extremely low or unless the blood pressure drop was quite sudden. If the doctor feels that blood pressure is too low, they will normally need to investigate the reason that it is happening and treat the underlying cause.
Low blood pressure that is accompanied by other symptoms is usually something that needs to be analyzed further. Some symptoms that may accompany low blood pressure include Dizziness, a feeling of light-headedness, sudden fainting spells, inability to concentrate, blurry vision, a feeling of nausea, very cold skin, inability to breathe normally, extreme fatigue, depression, and excessive thirst.
Most people have a fairly consistent blood pressure reading from one day to the next. If a person has always had low blood pressure readings, that is likely normal for them and may not be a cause for alarm if it is not accompanied by any worrisome symptoms. Blood pressure can undergo some rapid changes based on what the person is doing at the moment, or what they have been recently doing. Heavy breathing, high stress, certain foods, and many other things can impact blood pressure readings. For patients who have low blood pressure readings, the doctor may wait a while to try the reading again. Often, a very low blood pressure reading will normalize, but if it does not the doctor can begin looking for a cause.
If the low blood pressure doesn't cause symptoms, it may not require treatment. Low blood pressure that causes symptoms may need treatment if it has no clear origin that can be treated. Some possible treatments for low blood pressure can include raising the blood pressure with more salt intake, increasing water intake, wearing compression stockings, and taking medication if needed.
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