What is Low Blood Pressure? 4 Tips To Manage Low BP

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The body needs normal blood pressure to function properly. If it drops below a certain point, serious health implications could result in death. For the unversed, Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries. The higher your blood pressure, the more work your heart has to do to push blood around your body. The normal it is, the better it is for your heart and circulation. However, extremely low blood pressure could be fatal. 

What is Low Blood Pressure?

Low Blood Pressure is a condition where the pressure exerted by the blood on the walls of the arteries is abnormally low. Blood pressure lower than 120/80mmHg is alarming for most people. However, Athletes and people with good workout regimes often get lower than average blood pressure readings because they have a strong heart and well-developed circulatory system. Being a leading provider of a vital monitoring device, we understand the challenges in knowing if you suffer from low BP without a routine BP check-up. Here are some symptoms to check for low BP. 

Symptoms of Low Blood Pressure

  • Dizziness and Lightheadedness 
  • Headache and Confusion
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Feeling of Fatigue
  • Trouble Concentrating
  • Blurred or Fading Vision

Some Low BP patients experience no symptoms till they get accurate readings via the vital monitoring device. 

Types of Low Blood Pressure

Orthostatic Hypotension: It is also called postural hypotension, which is a condition of low blood pressure that can be caused by changes in position. It is found when the person stands up from sitting or lying down. Orthostatic hypotension can cause lightheadedness, dizziness, and fainting. Having a portable health monitoring device with you, can help to be sure of the symptoms of a BP drop and take immediate medical help

Postprandial Hypotension: It is low blood pressure that occurs 1 to 2 hours after eating a meal or drinking fluids. This type of low blood pressure can lead to dizziness and lightheadedness.

Neurally Mediated Hypotension: Also known as NMH, it is a condition in which blood pressure drops when a person stands up for long hours. This can be caused by damage to the nerves that regulate blood flow to the brain and other parts of the body.

Multiple System Atrophy With Orthostatic Hypotension: It is a rare disease that causes problems with the autonomic nervous system.

The autonomic nervous system controls involuntary actions, such as blood pressure and heart rate. This disease causes the body to have a hard time regulating these functions when it moves from a sitting or lying position to an upright position. 

4 Tips To Manage Low Blood Pressure

If you have low blood pressure, it is important to know how to manage it. Here are some tips on how to manage your condition:

  • A low-salt diet can cause low blood pressure because it causes a decrease in sodium levels in the body which can lead to hypotension. The best way to increase low blood pressure is by adding more salt to your diet. However, we strongly recommend consulting your doctor before increasing salt intake.
  • Drink water adequately. Although drinking water is helpful to lower blood pressure, it can also help patients with low blood pressure stay hydrated. Fluids are known to increase blood volume and prevent dehydration, both of which are needed to avoid hypotension. It is recommended to drink at least 7-8 glasses of water daily.
  • People with low blood pressure should take medication to increase it. Also, you must consult a Doctor before you make any modifications to your medicines and daily routine. 
  • Monitor your BP regularly. Patient Monitoring System like CuroBP+ is very helpful. It is a portable device which lets you measure BP and ECG in a single device. This FDA & CE Approved Device has everything you need to keep your low blood pressure in check. Also, you can consult your Doctor using the Curofone App. It is a teleconsultation app with features such as ePrescription, patient history log, reports sharing, and more!

Take charge of your Blood Pressure and manage it well with CuroBP+