Tuesday, October 22, 2013

What Are the Causes of Low Blood Pressure?

Your blood pressure (BP) is the force of the blood that circulates through the walls of the arteries. Your blood pressure is actually generated by the pumping of your blood through you arteries. A person can have normal, high or low pressure. It is neither good to have high or low pressure, and if you suspect you do it is best to see your physician for a complete exam.

A person's pressure of their blood is measured in two numbers systolic/diastolic. The systolic reading is the top number and the diastolic reading is the bottom number. The normal pressure reading is around 120/80 for a healthy person, but at times due to varying factors these numbers can get too high and even too low.

There are different causes for low pressure and you should be aware of these. Low blood flow through the arteries is what constitutes it. Old age, low birth weight and disease can be some causes for your blood pressure to sink too low. Also if a patient has had prolonged nausea or vomiting they can become dehydrated and this is also a cause of low pressure readings. Also severe bleeding can lower a person's blood pressure as well. If it gets too low then it can cause the blood to not pump sufficiently to your vital organs. Then in turn a person can have heart failure and kidney failure along with other complications.

While it is true many people routinely have low pressure readings and it isn't an issue for them, it is still worth a visit to your doctor if you feel you suffer from low blood pressure. The only way to be completely certain of what your blood pressure is will be for you to have routine check-ups. High pressure has often been called the silent killer and for good reason. Many times the symptoms of these conditions go virtually unnoticed until it is a very serious issue.

I would like to recommend you to take the time today to make an appointment to visit your physician for a complete exam. Your life could depend on it. You owe it to your family and to yourself to take good care of your health. Not only will you feel and look better, it will also add years to your life. Make your appointment today and get ready to lead a long and healthy life.

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