Blood pressure plays an essential role in the functioning of your body. Your heart pumps blood and pushes it through the arteries, which creates pressure. When this pressure dips too low, it can be cause for concern. Here, we will explore what happens to your body when blood pressure dips low.
Understanding Blood Pressure
To understand the importance of blood pressure let us consider a few facts:
- Blood carries oxygen and nutrients to all parts of your body.
- The heart pumps blood into large arteries that branch off into smaller arteries throughout the body.
- As blood flows through your arteries, it exerts force against their walls: This is called blood pressure.
Two numbers measure your blood pressure:
- Systolic – the top number
- Diastolic -the bottom number
Your systolic measures how hard your heart pumps while diastolic indicates the relaxation between beats.
A healthy adult should have a reading which is less than 120/80 mmHg .
But what happens when those numbers dip unexpectedly? Keep reading!
What are some Causes of Low Blood Pressure?
Low blood pressure, also known as hypotension, is not always dangerous! We need to make that clear from the get-go; however, sometimes it’s tricky to diagnose causes because they might depend on genetics or can come on suddenly without warning signs.
Nonetheless here some causes we know about:
If you lose water regularly by sweating more often than replenishing fluids by drinking water or alkaline drinks like coconut water etc. , then you’re at risk for dehydration-induced hypotension.
Medications used to treat high BP can cause unexpected drops in BP levels if doses are changed abruptly or taken incorrectly. Examples include alpha blockers, beta blockers, dihydropyridine calcium channel blockers and diuretics.
Some people react adversely to allergens, which can cause the blood vessels to dilate. This can lead to a sudden drop in blood pressure levels known as anaphylactic shock, a life-threatening condition!
If you think you may have hypotension or any of these conditions above, talk with your doctor immediately
Symptoms Of Low Blood Pressure
Not everyone experiences symptoms when their blood pressure drops below normal level However, some people with low BP experience one or more of these:
- dizziness or lightheadedness
- blurred vision
- depression and confusion
Our bodies cope with different things differently. It’s always important to understand what the person is trying to communicate because not all systems are Standard Oil machines.
Dangers Linked With Low Blood Pressure?
While not every person who has hypotension suffers adverse health outcomes there are some risks.
A severe drop in BP can interfere with oxygen reaching vital organs and tissue like the brain, kidney, lungs etc causing irreversible damage. It could even be fatal!
Diminished Blood Flow To Your Heart :
Just like how high bp puts extra strain on your heart, low bp reduces its ability by compromising its energy supply. Both ways, it feels like a metaphorical heart attack – the kind that explains fast-beating hearts whenever we face those challenging cases or scenarios.
What Can You Do About Hypotension?
Treatment for low blood pressure depends upon etiology There is no “One size fits all solution. “
Let us start simple. . . .
Drinking More Fluids:
No complicated Science here. Adequate hydration ensures balanced electrolyte counts within our bloodstream, keeping cardiac conductivity efficient. So let’s sip that water and other healthy fluids like Coconut water or soup whatever makes you feel hydrated. So long as it’s non-alcoholic
Eat a Healthy Diet:
All the more reason to eat healthily- whole foods, protein, fruits and vegetables–because these can help keep blood pressure levels in check. Salt is the bad guy here! Too much of it spikes your BP levels causing hypertension. So have fun but also think about what the food will do for you.
Skip The Alcohol When Symptoms Come Up:
If you’ve been feeling dizzy lately, stay away from alcoholic beverages until things stabilize in your body. Liquor travels straight into ours bloodstream, and excess alcohol could easily produce vertigo-like symptoms when there’s already low blood pressure present.
Group therapy works well too if everything becomes overwhelming. Keep Reading
Q: Can some people tolerate low blood pressure better than others?
A: Absolutely, our bodies are built differently – some people may not develop symptoms despite bp less than 90/60 mmHg.
Q: Is hypotension always treated with medications?
A. Sometimes therapy includes medications like midodrine but not always.
Q. Does salt really matter
A. In case you haven’t heard us earlier, -Yes!
Low blood pressure can be scary and life-threatening depending on how severe it is, but worry not we are glad to remind you that :
There are steps we can take to lessen risks; remember fluid intake? Eating Healthily? Skipping Alcohol? It all stacks right up! Furthermore, Rare cases benefit from Medications too.
Listen to your Body – Trust us, no one else knows its signals better.#