Hypotension is the medical term for low blood pressure. Compared to hypertension, or high blood pressure, hypotension is not inherently dangerous or a major cause for concern. However, in certain instances, hypotension may cause dizziness or fainting. It may also be a sign of an underlying problem and can lead to heart disorders or organ failure. Pregnancy and dehydration can cause hypotension, and it can also be a symptom of a serious disease. Thus, if you begin experiencing consistent hypotension, consult your doctor to determine the cause and explore treatment options.
Many people who experience low blood pressure exhibit no symptoms at all. In such cases, treatment is typically not necessary. It is not until symptoms begin to present themselves that hypotension may be a cause for concern. Symptoms include dizziness, fainting, blurred vision, nausea, fatigue, and lack of concentration. Clammy skin, depression, heart palpitations, thirst, and shallow breathing may also indicate low blood pressure.
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