Over the years, a lot of us have spent a lot of time worrying about the dangers of High Blood pressure, it’s causes, how to avoid it and its treatment. And while it is important to ensure that your blood pressure is not too high, it is also important to ensure that you do not let your blood pressure does not fall below the normal range.
Low blood pressure, also known as Hypotension affects a large number of people all over the world, but is usually neglected by many as just another case of dizziness or dehydration. Low blood pressure can obstruct the flow of oxygen and other important nutrients to the brain which can lead to severe consequences.
Low blood pressure can be caused due to several reasons and here we highlight some of the most common causes.
Weak heart muscles: individuals with weak heart muscles are at a greater risk of falling prey to low blood pressure. Weak heart muscles causes the heart to fail and reduce the amount of blood it can pump. Weak heart muscles can be due to a reasons varying from minor heart attacks to viral infections to the heart muscles.
Fast heart rate: A very fast heart rate can also lead to low blood pressure. Since the heart is beating at an irregular pace, the ventricles also tend to contract at an unusual rate and hence are not filled with maximum blood and thus the amount of blood pumped decreases causing to a decrease in the blood pressure.
Heart bock: A block in the heart can be caused either due to a heart attack or an atherosclerosis. In this condition, electrical signals are prevented from reaching the different parts of the heart and thereby preventing regular contraction.
Bleeding: Bleeding caused due to an accident, a surgical procedure or any other reason can lead to low blood pressure.
Organ inflammation: Severe inflammation of any of the organs in your body can also lead to low blood pressure.
Infections: Sometimes, an infection that becomes severe or a septic shock can also lower your blood pressure. This happens when bacteria enters your bloodstream and produce toxins that affect your blood vessels and leads to a fall in your blood pressure.
Nutrition deficiency: Improper diet can lead to several health problems including low blood pressure. Even small deficiencies in our nutrient intake can cause complications that can eventually lead to lo blood pressure.
Endocrine problems: Certain conditions like hypothyroidism, adrenal insufficiency and diabetes can sometimes lead to low blood pressure. These conditions are caused due to the improper functioning of a hormone producing endocrine gland which can also lead to hypotension.
Pregnancy: The chances of blood pressure falling are quite high in pregnant women. This is normal but it is still advisable to consult a doctor.
Dehydration: Here is another reason why you should drink enough water during the day. Dehydration caused during workouts, sweating or prolonged nausea or vomiting can cause orthostatic hypotension, if the water that is depleted is not replaced. The symptoms that should concern you are lightheadedness and dizziness
As mentioned earlier, low blood pressure is often neglected by many and mistaken to be dizziness or lightheadedness.
You can get yourself checked for your blood pressure levels at any clinic. To get a comprehensive heart health checkup, you can call +91 99201 55000 or visit www.asianheartinstitute.org and book an appointment.