Know About Low Blood Pressure Readings
A blood pressure reading consists of two very important numbers. One is the
systolic number and the other is diastolic.
Systolic pressure is based on the pressure exerted on the walls of the blood
vessels when the heart beats. It is normally between 100 to 130 mm Hg. The reading of the pressure
between heart beats is called diastolic and it is usually between 70 to 90 mm Hg. A normal blood
pressure is indicated by a reading of 120/90 mm Hg. Any reading too low than this range will be
considered low blood pressure and any reading too higher than this limit is considered high blood
The general conception is that only high blood pressure is a serious problem.
Low blood pressure is usually seen in people who exercise, do not smoke or drink alcohol. This is a
desirable situation. It only becomes undesirable when the blood pressure is severely low as it is
also a major health risk.
When the blood pressure is very low, the blood is not circulated in the body
sufficiently and organs remain hungry for blood. The first organ to be affected by this low blood
supply is the brain. Hence, people with hypotension usually experience dizzy spells or fainting.
Since, the organs are undersupplied and the cells do not receive enough oxygen to work, the body
feels weak and tired. Another serious consequence of hypotension is the accumulation of waste
products in the blood stream.
Our organs and cells in the body get oxygen from blood. If proper amount of
blood is not supplied, then our bodies will not function efficiently. Therefore, it is necessary to
maintain normal blood pressure levels, which is not that difficult a task. You should keep your
body well hydrated, eat a nutritious diet and make exercise a consistent part of your daily
routine. These would ensure that your cardiovascular system is working happily!