Normal blood pressure is 120/80, 120 is
systolic and 80 is diastolic. If you are an athlete you may have low blood pressure, don’t you
worry it is a sign of good cardiovascular system. But in elderly low blood pressure can be a sign
of underlying problem that may decrease blood flow to vital organs like heart brain etc. Low blood
pressure is called as Hypotension in medical terminology and is defined
as to be as systolic blood pressure of 90mm of Hg or less in an adult.
In contrast to high blood pressure symptoms,
where symptoms are poorly defined or may be totally absent, low blood pressure symptoms can be
easily recognized. Symptoms of hypotension or low blood pressure are
usually seen at 90/60; however this range varies from person to person. In conditions where
blood pressure lowers rapidly, symptoms may appear at only drop of 20mm Hg blood pressure. In
chronic low blood pressure causes, symptoms usually are not seen unless blood pressure drops to
clinical value of 90/60 or less.
What are classic symptoms of Low blood pressure or hypotension?
Classic symptoms of low blood pressure
- Vertigo (Surrounding things are revolving around
- Mental disturbances
- Difficulty in concentration and confusion or a
sense of impending doom and anxiety
- Breathlessness (fast, shallow
- Extremities become cold and clammy, Pale
If you are having any of these symptoms, you
must contact your doctor and seek medical advice, among these low blood pressure and
hypotension symptoms, fainting and dizziness are very alarming and warrant an
immediate visit to either your own doctor, physician or to the emergency department. If you
develop fainting along with nausea vomiting, chest pain or weakness/numbness in your body or
extremities, call 911 immediately. These symptoms may be indicators of ongoing heart attack, CVA
or other dangerous problems with the central nervous system.