Just about everyone knows that high blood pressure carries great health risks. Hypertension has been implicated as a factor in causing strokes and heart attacks. High blood pressure can be lowered with lifestyle modifications and/or medications. Low blood pressure (hypotension) is also a medical issue that can be a chronic condition or develop rapidly.
Hypotension has diverse underlying causes that include:
• Heart problems caused by faulty heart valves, heart failure, or a low heart rate (bradycardia)
• A large decrease in circulating blood volume from a wound or internal bleeding
• Severe dehydration
• Infections, allergic reactions, or endocrine conditions such as Addison’s disease
Whether you check your own blood pressure regularly, or wait for your next visit with your healthcare provider, remember, a single abnormal blood pressure reading is not usually cause for alarm. If you experience dizziness, nausea, weakness, or any other symptoms unusual for you, consult your HackensackUMGPV healthcare provider or, if severe, call 9-1-1 for emergency assistance.