Blood pressure is the amount of force that the blood puts onto blood vessel walls when the heart muscle contract and relax. Blood pressure is the measurement of pressure in the arteries, which are the vessels that move blood flow to and from the heart. How quickly the arteries respond to the blood flow determines blood pressure.
Why is Low Blood Pressure dangerous?
Low blood pressure affects the delivery of oxygen and other nutrients to vital organs like the heart, brain and kidneys. If these organs receive inadequate blood flow, they face an increased risk of permanent damage.
How is Blood Pressure measured?
With every beat of the heart, blood is circulated throughout the body. The amount of pressure put on the arteries during each heartbeat is called ‘systolic’ pressure. This is the first number you will see in any blood pressure measurement. The amount of pressure put on the arteries between heartbeats is known as ‘diastolic’ pressure. This is the second number you will see in any reading.
So what is a healthy Blood Pressure?
A reading of 120/80 mm is considered a normal blood pressure. If you measure below that you are considered to have low blood pressure and above, high blood pressure.
What Are the Symptoms of Low Blood Pressure?
Most people living with low blood pressure don’t experience any symptoms whatsoever. Some however, experience periodic nausea, dizziness, weakness and even blurry vision. Other effects of low blood pressure include fainting, chest pains and clammy skin.
Can my Low Blood Pressure be treated?
Yes! If you believe you may be experiencing the effects of low blood pressure, you should consult your doctor immediately. Possible treatments differ depending on the cause of the low blood pressure and how far below the normal rate you are. Treatments can range anywhere from a daily tablet to the direct administration of IV fluids, depending on the severity of the case.
Checking your blood pressure is a simple and painless process, so if you’re concerned about your blood pressure, phone Newtown Medical Centre to make an appointment with our friendly Geelong doctors.