Signs That You May Have Low Blood Pressure
Not too many people are aware of the evidence of low blood pressure, primarily because most are more concerned about the signs of high blood pressure. However, they are both just as dangerous, which is why you should know what signs to look for that may indicate that you have a problem.
Blood pressure is the force exerted by your circulating blood on your arterial walls, both while the heart is pumping blood and while it is at rest. There are two numbers in a blood pressure reading, the systolic and the diastolic.
The first is the systolic blood pressure, which should be between 90 and 120 in a healthy adult. The second is the diastolic blood pressure, which should be between 60 and 80. The average blood pressure for adults is 120/80 and anything lower than this is considered low.
Common Low Blood Pressure Symptoms
When the blood pressure is low, it means the circulation of the blood is not strong enough to supply oxygen and nutrients to the different parts of the body. Some of the immediate effects of this inadequacy are:
- Inability to concentrate
- Coldness and paleness of skin
- Shallow breathing
- Fatigue and
- Constant thirst.
These symptoms are quite serious but they don’t always occur in everyone who has low blood pressure. Some people don’t experience anything out of the ordinary at all.
You should only be concerned when you start feeling the above-mentioned symptoms regularly. Even if you feel dizzy or lightheaded from time to time, it’s still no reason to be overly alarmed. I know I have low blood pressure occasionally, so I take notice as to what caused the drop in pressure. Usually it is because I have become dehydrated.
You should take these symptoms as warnings and try to get a reading as soon as possible. If the number really is low, you should take the necessary steps to bring it back up to the normal range.
Extremely low blood pressure can trigger all sorts of life-threatening complications so you should monitor your blood pressure periodically, especially if your normal number is already in the lower range. If you are not vigilant, you may suddenly find yourself experiencing numbness in your extremities, vomiting and chest pain, which could be signs of an impending heart attack.
If you are careful with your diet and your lifestyle, you may never experience problems or any low blood pressure symptoms. Just make sure you eat healthy foods, so eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, drink plenty of water and get regular exercise.
There are steps you can take where you will never have to worry about low blood pressure and its complications.