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Symptoms of Low Blood Pressure

February 10, 2014

If you do have a naturally low blood pressure, you may not experience any signs or symptoms of problematic hypotension and may not need any type of treatment.

Still a person having low blood pressure can also mean that not enough blood is circulating in your vital organs especially your brain. This can lead to symptoms like:

  • Overall weakness
  • Nausea or a feeling that you are going to be sick
  • Confusion
  • Palpitations (irregular or rapid heartbeat)
  • Blurred vision
  • Lightheadedness
  • Fainting
  • Dizziness

You may be suffering from orthostatic or postural hypotension if you feel symptoms when you change positions like standing up after sitting.

Usually the symptoms may only endure for a few minutes as your blood pressure attempts to adjust to your new position. The likelihood of experiencing orthostatic hypotension rises as one get older and this can be quite dangerous as it can lead to frequent falls. Some people may also experience this type of hypotension after exercising.

Postprandial hypotension is a type of low blood pressure that occurs after one eats. Older people are more prone to this type of condition especially those with diabetes, Parkinson’s disease or high blood pressure.

After eating a large amount of blood is required by your intestines for the process of digestion. When your heart rate cannot maintain enough blood pressure for this process, your blood pressure will drop and symptoms then will start to manifest.