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Low Blood Pressure Readings = Hypotension not Hypertension!
Low blood pressure readings are generally good news, but the symptoms should always be investigated even though they are usually only temporary. Abnormally low blood pressure or hypotension is when the pressure reading is around 90/60, or less.
Blood pressure varies through the day depending on activity, but the body can normally quickly adjust to these changes, and ensure sufficient blood flows to all the major organs. Do you know what a normal blood pressure reading is?
Low Blood Pressure Symptoms
If you have low blood pressure readings of 90/60 or lower, getting up from a sitting or lying position, might bring on dizziness or fainting as your body can't adjust quickly enough.
Low blood pressure can affect anyone at anytime for no obvious reason. If you are otherwise feeling good and healthy there's no need for treatment. It's like many other things that creep up on us as we get older, but generally it's considered to be good news!
There are several forms of hypotension that have more serious implications, so you still need to get medical advice even though you're not at risk from hypertension!
The most serious situation is when a person is in shock, for what ever reason. It becomes a life-threatening condition, and persistently low blood pressure can cause major organs such as kidneys, liver, heart, lung, and brain to fail rapidly. This is an emergency - get immediate medical help!
Hypotension is a complex condition, and I would be failing you if I don't emphasize this. It would be easy to be complacent about it - please don't be. For further information on both hypotension and hypertension go to the Resources page.