Editor’s Note: This is a series of articles written by Young Miss Queen of Hearts Emily Bartley.
The articles are part of Emily’s outreach campaign to raise awareness of heart disease and related issues.
By Emily Bartley
Most of the time when we hear about blood pressure problems, we assume it’s high blood pressure, but did you know that some people have low blood pressure? Low blood pressure also needs to be monitored, as it could result in the brain and other organs lacking oxygen and nutrients they need to function properly. Keep in mind that optimal blood pressure should be less than 120/80mm Hg. A low reading would be something like 85/55mm Hg.
There are many reasons you may have low blood pressure. For example, during the first 24 weeks of pregnancy it is common for blood pressure to drop. Certain mediations including diuretics and beta blocks or even antidepressants can be a cause. Or perhaps an under-active thyroid, low blood sugar, or even diabetes could be the problem. It can also be caused by an allergic reaction or even a nutritional deficiency.
Low blood pressure could also be a sign of a more serious condition. It could be an indication of a serious heart, endocrine or neurological disorder.
When should you become concerned? The American Heart Association states that as long as you don’t have symptoms such as dizziness, lightheadedness, fainting, dehydration, unusual thirst, lack of concentration, blurred vision, nausea, rapid, shallow breathing, or fatigue then you shouldn’t be alarmed. Also keep in mind that the blood pressure would need to stay low for several reading, not just one time. Keep a record of your readings and speak to a health care provider if you are concerned.
Until next week have a happy heart!