LOW BLOOD PRESSURE

Low blood pressure or hypotension is the reduction of blood below the normal level. In humans

the normal blood pressure level is between 90/60 mmHg and 130/80 mmHg. Any reduction or

drop from the normal blood pressure level of 90/60 mmHg (lower than the top 90 or lower 60)

then there is a problem which means that there is short of blood in the heart, brain and other part

of the body.

Low blood pressure can be caused by  several substances as highlighted below;

     1.   Alcohol.
 
     2.   Sudden change in body position (Orthostatic hypotension).
 
     3.   Heart failure.

     4.   Dehydration.

     5.   Certain medicines used in treating coronary heart disease and surgery.

     6.   Shock.

     7.   Anaphylaxis (Allergic reaction).

     8.   Painkillers.

Low blood pressure can be prevented by;

     1.   Not standing for a long time If you have Neurally mediated hypotension (NMH)

     2.   Don't drink alcohol

     3.   Drink lots of fluids

     4.   Gently standing up if you sat or lie down for a long period of time

When you notice any of the symptoms as listed below, kindly consult your doctor;

     1.   Irregular breathing

     2.   Weakness.

     3.   Fainting.

     4.   Chest pain.

     5.   Dizziness.

     6.   Vomiting.

     7.   Confusion

     8.   Maroon faeces.

     9.   Blur vision.

    10. High fever.

Low blood pressure can lead to hypertension or heart attack

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