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Low Blood Pressure (hypotension) in Women – Causes and Prevention

If your feet and hands go numb after prolonged sitting or lying down or if your vision go blur when transferring from sit-to-stand or from lying down to sitting, this can be an indication for you to see a heart specialist.

You might be dealing with low blood pressure or postural hypo-tension. Your body needs to put the best effort against gravity to pump up the necessary blood that is required for you to stand.

This causes a decline in your blood pressure. The sudden drop in blood pressure can cause dizziness, blurred vision, and uncomfortable feeling all over your body. You must seek immediate medical attention if you have a fainting spell upon rising.

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When Blood Pressure goes too low: 

  • Pregnancy - Right from the moment your urine pregnancy test turns positive, you will witness hypotension as your blood vessels start to dilate.
  • Dehydration - Any spike in temperature, exhaustion due to heat, or chronic diarrhea and vomiting can lead to dehydration thereby lowering your blood pressure.
  • Heart conditions - Continuous low blood pressure can be a result of the heart condition. Unusually slow heart rate is a common cause of hypotension.
  • Severe blood loss - Any severe blood loss, whether the menstrual loss or accidental injury, can lower your blood pressure, and you can end up having a life-threatening shock.
  • Medication-induced - Certain antihypertensive and antidepressants are known to cause hypotension.

Preventing Hypotension 

  • Engaging in cardio exercises such as brisk walking, swimming, jogging, or bicycling or doing aerobic exercises can help improve your blood circulation and lower the chances of hypotension.
  • Try to stay away from heat exhaustion when outdoors as extreme temperatures are known to cause dehydration and lowering of blood pressure.
  • Replenish yourself with lots of liquids to stay protected from adverse effects of dehydration and hypotension. Add a little salt for increased water retention in your body.
  • A 3-step-approach for any postural changes will be your best bet to prevent hypotension episodes. Or you can slow down your movements to prevent dizziness and fainting spells.

“When did you last check your BP?”

Hypotension is Low Blood Pressure. It's good in most cases, but low blood pressure can sometimes make you feel tired or lazy.

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