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what does low blood pressure mean?

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You have low blood pressure symptoms. In fact you have even confirmed it by checking it. Last time you were measuring your BP the monitor screen indicated that the numbers were a little bit lower than they should. Why so and what does low blood pressure mean?

Is fluctuating blood pressure normal?

Blood pressure fluctuates throughout the day and depending when you test it, it may be high, low or within normal limits. Some fluctuations are normal, but some are not. You should NOT get concerned when your readings go 10 points higher after a good laugh, however a 30 point increase should make you investigate further.

Highs, lows and fluctuating blood pressure readings much depend on when, where, and how you measure it. The right timing is key to answering whether you have fluctuating blood pressure, signs of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) or just temporary low blood pressure symptoms. Here is a simple guide to make you an expert BP reader:

Why does my blood pressure fluctuate

Low blood pressure – the numbers

120/80 – although these numbers are considered the gold standard of ideal blood pressure they are in no way the only “good” readings.

If you see numbers such as 115/75 or 112/72, you should know that these numbers are absolutely fine and any doctor should be happy. Some people can tolerate lower arterial tension such as 105/65 their entire life without showing any low blood pressure symptoms.

What does low blood pressure mean to your doctor?

Your doctor does not go by how you feel, but by the numbers he can see. Unless he sees numbers such as 90/60 or lower do not expect your doctor be concerned about your low blood pressure symptoms. You will receive no treatment for hypotension even if you complain of fatigue and feeling of running out of steam.

Make sure to keep a log, your doctor is not a psychic!

Despite all odds there is a way to find a sympathetic ear from your doctor. All you need to do is to keep a blood pressure log and present it to him at your appointment time. Remember that excitement increases BP reading and you have slim chances proving your low blood pressure symptoms to your doctor with one reading he takes at the time of the visit.

But there is a trick to keeping a proper log. You must also record your whereabouts next to your readings. Why? Because you should expect to find somehow fluctuating blood pressure. Be aware that blood pressure does not keep steady low or how throughout the day, because many common situations influence the numbers. It is good to understand what affects these numbers, so your log is meaningful to you and your doctor.

 What are common causes of fluctuating blood pressure

What does low blood pressure mean for your health?

Hypotension is not the most desirable state of the body. Low blood pressure lowers oxygen delivery to vital organs, which in turn can lead to variety of undesirable effects from slower drug detoxification in the liver, to weak performance in the gym, to lower grades on math exam, to slower reaction time while driving a car or answering a question in a meeting with your boss.

Hypotension does not have to be the effect of going on a two-day fast, but it may be the end effect of malfunction of other systems or organs. Hypotension can be one of the signs of hypoglycemia, low blood sugar. In fact signs of hypoglycemia and low blood pressure symptoms are tightly interrelated. One can accompany the other. Are your dips in blood pressure isolated or are they in some way related to signs of hypoglycemia? Find out here:

What are symptoms of low blood sugar

Hypotension may also alarm you to a previously unsuspected adrenal fatigue. Adrenal fatigue is too common nowadays and may follow years of chronic stress. Adrenal fatigue, besides producing chronic low blood pressure and continuous fatigue can also have additional aesthetic effect on the body. Adrenal fatigue can lead to unwanted hair loss or disturbing skin discoloration.

What’s behind my hair loss?

What does low blood pressure mean in your case? Unless you are chronically on the low, both in BP numbers and the energy you should look more into environmental influences and instability of your nervous system before worrying about chronic changes present in your body. Check your numbers, keep a log for two weeks and only then make any further conclusions.

Otherwise jump to our comprehensive guide on low blood pressure symptoms.

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