Low blood pressure symptoms are annoying; however, many experts claim non-symptomatic hypotension as nature's gift, because it is safer for many-bodily organs.
Are you hypotension? Many healthcare experts consider people with low pressure are lucky and gifted by nature. So be happy for your condition.
Still few may have some annoying low blood pressure symptoms difficult to manage. Many of you with low blood pressure are enjoying good physical condition with strong cardiovascular and having a lesser risk for heart attack & stroke. However, occasionally some may have an underlying problem such as heart disorder or if the blood pressure drops suddenly with annoying symptoms difficult to carry out daily activities. In such case, hypotension is a condition needs to manage properly to lead a healthier happy life.
12 Hypotension signs & symptoms
Many people with low blood pressure don't have any symptoms. In such a case, low blood pressure is of no consequence. However, others with unbearable low blood pressure symptoms should get prompt treatment to normalize their blood pressure.
Hypotension in a clinical sense implies a potential risk for under perfusion of vital organs.
Various symptoms of this decreased blood flow can include:
- Dizziness or light-headedness – Low blood pressure may leads to inadequate blood supply to the brain cells, so it cannot able to get needed oxygen and nutrients to energize the brain cells. This lack of energy can cause dizziness, lack of concentration and depression.
- Fainting (syncope) - sudden movement from lying or sitting to a standing position might produce fainting. Additionally, being in a very hot room can also cause faints.
- Sleepiness - the state of being sleepy may be due to lack of energy or low energy.
- Palpitations (a rapid, or irregular, heartbeat) – Brain receives a signal from the baroreceptors and directs the heart to pump faster to fulfill needed blood circulation. Thus, your heart palpitates that is an irregular heartbeat.
- Lack of concentration or confusion – shortage of oxygen & nutrient supply hinders the brain nourishment, which in turn leads to lack of concentration.
- Blurred vision – long standing low blood pressure puts kidney into the job of controlling blood pressure. It leads to an electrolyte imbalance that leads to blurred vision.
- Nausea - Nausea is a sensation of unease and discomfort in the upper stomach with an involuntary urge to vomit.
- Cold, clammy, pale skin - distributed circulation to the extremities results in the cold or clammy skin. Additionally, the skin may appear blue or gray, indicating serious low blood pressure that must be addressed.
- Rapid, shallow breathing – lack of blood circulation leads to low oxygen level in the blood, your body system try correcting it by rapid breathing.
- Fatigue or weakness – lack of circulation leads to the short supply of nutrient that produces fatigue and tiredness.
- Depression - lasting low blood pressure might trigger the release of adrenaline and cortisol, suppressing your serotonin (happy hormone), causing depression and anxiety.
- Thirst – low blood pressure induces correcting mechanism by triggering thirst to rehydrate. An inability to quench thirst are signs of hypotension.
Additional symptoms may include chest pain, head & neck pain (neck and shoulders with a coat hanger distribution), and a decline in cognitive functioning (difficulty concentrating).
These symptoms are due to insufficient blood in the blood vessels. Thus vital organs such as heart, brain, kidney and other organs receive inadequate oxygen and nutrients.
These symptoms might be due to internal bleed, septic shock, heart failure, various drug overdoses, etc. So, immediate low blood pressure diagnosis is a must to confirm there are no major health problems. Once confirmed, you can overcome these low BP symptoms by changing to hypotension lifestyle.