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What to do if your blood pressure is too low

By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 26, 2017
What to do if your blood pressure is too low
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Drops in blood pressure occur when less blood reaches the brain than usual and, therefore, oxygenation is also lower. Although some people have hypotension, drops in blood pressure or fainting normally occur in a timely manner, being more common in summer. It is necessary to know what should be done if a person is in this situation, so on OneHowTo we explain what to do if your pressure is too low.

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Steps to follow:
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When a drop in blood pressure occurs, symptoms such as dizziness, vertigo, nausea, blurred vision, weakness, fainting... are presented. At the appearance of the first signs it will be necessary that the person suffering from hypotension lies down on the floor with legs raised. Thus, they will help blood to flow more easily get to the brain.

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Keep the person with their legs about 45 degrees to the ground for a few minutes to facilitate oxygenation, which has been reduced due to the lipothymy or drop in blood pressure.

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It will also be convenient to loosen the clothing of the person who has suffered from a drop in blood pressure, to facilitate breathing. You may need to fan them and it will be essential to avoid crowds around them.

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If conscious, give them a sugary or caffeinated drink -such as coke or some sweets to revitalize them and increase their blood glucose level.

What to do if your blood pressure is too low - Step 4
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In case of fainting and loss of consciousness because of the drop in blood pressure, we should not give them any kind of food, it will be necessary to call emergency medical services.

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It is recommended to place them in lateral position to prevent them from choking on vomit. Medical professionals will carry out other necessary measures after evaluating the situation.

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Although a drop in blood pressure does not have to involve serious complications, it is recommended to visit your doctor if the situation repeats itself frequently. The specialist will assess the situation and try to find the causes for the drop in blood pressure.

If you usually suffer from low blood pressure, you may want to know how to raise low blood pressure where you'll find seveal tips so you are not prone to blood pressure drops, such as eating plenty of salt, carbohydrates and drinking lots of water.

This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

If you want to read similar articles to What to do if your blood pressure is too low, we recommend you visit our Diseases & secondary effects category.

Tips
  • If you have it in hand, get a couple of drops of rosemary essential oil and give the person 10 ml of the oil, as it activates the nervous system.

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Nat Harmon
I take /'low dose' aspirin every day due to my AFIB. Is that sufficient; or should I take two full doses also?
OneHowTo Editor
This should depend on your doctor's recommendations.
He or she is the best person to advise you on this subject as your doctor is the person that knows your case best.

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