10 Common Symptoms of Low Blood Pressure
Low blood pressure causes no problems for some people. But, others with abnormally low blood pressure, also known as hypotension, can experience symptoms and be life-threatening. If your blood pressure is lower than 90/60, you have low blood pressure.
Low blood pressure can be caused by dehydration or various medical or surgical disorders. Find out why you have low blood pressure to know how to effectively treat it.
Symptom 1: Fainting
Do you suffer fainting spells? Especially after lying down or sitting for an extended period of time?
When your blood pressure drops dramatically, you may faint or pass out because your heart isn't pump enough oxygen to your brain.
Symptom 2: Dizziness
Do you feel dizzy? Lightheaded? When your blood pressure drops, then your brain is deprived of an adequate blood supply – making you feel lightheaded and dizzy.
According to the Harvard Medical School, “If you sometimes feel dizzy or lightheaded after eating a meal, you could have a common condition called postprandial hypotension, meaning low blood pressure.”
Symptom 3: Blurry Vision
Has your vision changed? Is everything blurry? Hazy? Are you seeing stars? Low blood pressure can affect your vision.
According to Medicorx.com, “Blurry vision can be caused by illness, infections, and conditions that may need medical attention...including high or low blood pressure…”
Symptom 4: Unsteady
Do you feel unsteady on your feet? Unbalanced? Do you tend to fall or trip?
Low blood pressure can make you feel unsteady, especially when suddenly standing up after sitting or lying down for a period of time.
Symptom 5: Heart Palpitations
Does your heart flutter? Is your breathing rapid and shallow? Heart palpitations is when it feels like your heart skipped a beat or added one.
According to a post on Babycentre.co.uk, “I’ve been really suffering with real bad heart palpitations where I can’t breathe and hyperventilate, and I pass out ... This happens a few times a day... I went to the hospital and they kept me in the cardiac icu for a night to monitor my heart and they discovered that my heart is skipping beats and not completing others... Along with anemia and low blood pressure (wouldn’t go higher than 85 over 50) ... All these together are causing me to pass out a lot and in general feel really really ill…Has anyone gone thru anything like this before? I’ve been told that they may deliver me early if it continues to avoid complications during delivery... Can u plz let me know if I’ve been thru anything like this before and if u did wat did the drs do and if u delivered early or not.”
Symptom 6: Nausea
Are you nauseated? Sick to your stomach? Feel like you need to vomit?
When your blood pressure drops, you can experience nausea and vomiting.
Symptom 7: Fatigue
Are you exhausted? Lethargic? Weak?
According to Stop-being-tired.com, “The answer to the question of how low blood pressure can cause fatigue hinges on the nature of blood’s role in the production of energy. In order for the mitochondria within the cells to receive the nutrients needed for energy production, those nutrients have to be delivered by the circulatory system. When there is a disruption in the flow of blood – even a minor change – that energy creation process can be disrupted as well. Even so, there is more to the process than even that. Many of the symptoms associated with low blood pressure are themselves causes for fatigue. For example, the sleep disruptions caused by this change in blood volume are an obvious source of tiredness. So too is the anemia that can accompany this condition. In short, when blood pressure falls to unsafe levels, most of its worst effects contribute to a general decline in the body’s level of energy.”
Symptom 8: Lack of Concentration
Do you find it difficult to concentrate? Low blood pressure and a lack of concentration occurs when blood does not move to your brain at a normal rate.
According to a post on Healthboards.com, “Does anyone know if there is a correlation between the drop in BP, brain fog and lack of concentration, when you're having a flare? When I can barely move from the fatigue, and am in a lot of pain, it seems my BP is really low. How low is low? Mine is 88 over 50 with a pulse rate of 96. It went up to 94 over 56. This is pretty much how it's been for the last week.”
Symptom 9: Weak/Rapid Pulse
Is your pulse rate weak? Rapid?
Low blood pressure can cause you to have a weak or rapid pulse.
Symptom 10: Skin Changes
Is your skin cold, clammy, and pale? Dry? Flaky? Do you have a skin rash?
Low blood pressure can affect your skin in various ways.