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How to Bring up Low Blood Pressure

Anna Sramek, RD
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November 14, 2021

People usually hear about high blood pressure and the importance of managing it. But what about low blood pressure? Low blood pressure, or hypotension, is when our blood pressure is less than 90/60 mm Hg. While the lower the blood pressure the better, it should stay out of the hypotensive range. This article will share what causes hypotension, health issues associated with it, and how to manage hypotension.

What Causes Hypotension?

Hypotension is something that can be temporary or last for a lifetime.

Common causes of hypotension include:

  • Dehydrating
  • Aging
  • Pregnancy
  • Blood loss or infection
  • Heart diseases fast or low heart rate
  • Medication

Symptoms of Hypotension and Complications

The most common symptoms include:

  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Fainting
  • Cold, sweaty skin
  • Quick, shallow breathing

Complications

Hypotension increases the risk of fainting, which can lead to injury. It also increases the risk of lack of oxygen to the brain and heart, causing damage. Keeping our blood pressure stable is important for staying healthy.

How to Manage Hypotension

While hypotension can cause mild symptoms, it could also lead to serious complications. Let’s take a look at what we can do to increase our blood pressure out of a hypotensive range.

Lifestyle changes are important to help stabilize your blood pressure. This includes:

  • Staying hydrated
  • Reduce alcohol and caffeine intake
  • Add small amounts of salt to your diet
  • Eat 5-6 small meals throughout the day

If you have a history of low pressure and have symptoms (like dizziness or blurred vision), try:

  • Getting up slowly from your chair or bed
  • Limit standing for longer periods of time
  • Take deep breathes for a few minutes before standing up
  • Wear compression socks

Managing your blood pressure is important, including if your blood pressure is too low. Following these simple lifestyle and dietary changes can help to stabilize our blood pressure and feel our best!