Awareness about the proper functioning of the circulatory system and blood pressure is very important for our health. We are increasingly aware that too high blood pressure is a source of serious health problems. Therefore, every adult should regularly measure pressure to control its level and react early to any negative phenomena. What is low blood pressure?
What does low blood pressure mean
Norms of blood pressure in adults:
- Hypotension: <100 mm Hg / <60 mm Hg
- Normal pressure: 120 – 129 mm Hg / 80 – 84 mm Hg
- High normal pressure: 130 – 139 mm Hg / 85 – 89 mm Hg
- 1st degree hypertension: 140 – 159 mm Hg / 90 – 99 mm Hg
- Grade 2 hypertension: 160 – 179 mm Hg / 100 – 109 mm Hg
- Grade 3 hypertension: ≥ 180 mm Hg / ≥ 110 mm Hg
Low blood pressure, known as hypotension, is a condition that results in low blood pressure. We talk about it when systolic pressure falls below 100 mm Hg and diastolic pressure below 60 mm Hg. This phenomenon may affect nearly 15% of the population, mainly women and young girls, as well as lean and physically active people.
Low blood pressure is a condition called a hypotension. It is a form of circulatory system disorders, the consequence of which is the occurrence of ailments from various organs. Hypotension occurs when the systolic pressure falls below 100-105 mmHg in an adult. It should be taken into account that it is a contractual value, because it does not take into account factors such as: gender, age or genetic tendencies. Ailments such as hypotension do not always indicate a more serious condition. Most often it occurs in people regularly and intensively practicing sports, as well as women and girls, especially slim ones. It affects every age group, although it usually appears in adolescents who have low body weight.
In fact, we are born with low blood pressure, which increases with age, but sometimes not enough. Although hypotension is not as dangerous as hypertension, it should not be ignored, as a sharp drop in pressure can lead to unconsciousness, e.g. while driving.
How to deal with hypotension?
Most people with low blood pressure do not need medication or other medical help to raise it. There are many natural methods that can overcome this, including specific lifestyle changes.
- Eat more salt
Low sodium diets are not good for everyone with blood pressure problems. This may seem a controversial statement, however, people with low blood pressure should consider moderately increasing sodium intake to raise blood pressure.
- Avoid alcoholic beverages
Alcohol can also lower blood pressure, so people with low blood pressure should avoid drinking too much.
- Avoid sudden changes of position
Rapid standing up or sudden sitting down may make you feel dizzy or faint in people with low blood pressure. In these cases, the heart does not pump blood quickly enough through the body to allow the body to register a sudden change in position.